WENATCHEE, Wash. – Former Seattle Mariner, Julio Cruz, will have his own day in Wenatchee, and at the Wenatchee AppleSox home game versus the Port Angeles Lefties, Thursday June 29 at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. Cruz, nicknamed “Juice,” and also known as “The Cruzer,” held the Mariners career record of 290 stolen bases, following his six years in a Mariners uniform (1977-83), until Ichiro broke it in 2008.
The Chelan PUD is celebrating Julio Cruz Day in Chelan County, Thursday June 29, and as a major part of the festivities, Cruz will be honored at the Wenatchee AppleSox Game against the Port Angeles Lefties. He will will be available to sign autographs for fans from 6:30-6:50 p.m., after gates open at the ballpark and will throw-out the ceremonial first pitch just before the 7:05 game.
The first 100 fans through the gates, which open at 6 p.m., will receive a mini-baseball to commemorate the event, courtesy of the Chelan County PUD.
Earlier in the day, Cruz will talk baseball with youth players from around the community and take part in the AppleSox Youth Baseball Camp from 9 a.m. – noon at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium. He also will meet with the AppleSox Baseball team before their batting practice for Thursday night’s game.
Fans can visit with the PUD at the game, at the sponsor booth, located next to the guest services window and the press box. The PUD will be talking with customers about a way to steal away for up to two nights of free camping at the PUD’s Beebe Bridge Park – and other great benefits they offer. They’ll also have a special prize drawing.
City of Wenatchee council members and Mayor, as well as Chelan County commissioners have proclaimed June 29 as Julio Cruz Day in recognition of his accomplishments on the field and his continued devotion to baseball. Julio was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on September 2004.