Baseball on a big screen in Miller Park


    By Angela Eckstein

    “The Rookie” will run for his dreams when he steals second base Saturday night in the Miller Park Stadium.

    The Athletic Department will screen the Disney movie on a 20 feet by 40 feet inflatable screen provided by Open Air Cinema.

    The film starts at 8:30 on the Larry H. Miller side of the baseball stadium. Admission is $2.

    The Athletic Department opted for the baseball stadium as a venue because when people come for baseball games they have a really fun time, said Ralph Zobell, the sport information director for the baseball program.

    Emily Deans, the director of Olympic Marketing and Sales for the Athletic Department, said, “It”s neat to have kind of a fanatic evening because Spring Fever”s coming around and people are getting excited for the warm weather and baseball season.”

    “The Rookie” is about a high school baseball coach who dreams of being a major league pitcher. His team makes him pursue his dreams when they fulfill their end of the deal by winning baseball games.

    “It”s a really heart warming movie that”s based on a true story,” said Nate Ricks, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., majoring in history teaching. “I felt encouraged to live up to my dreams when I watched it.”

    Deans said the movie night is to give people an opportunity to sit in the stadium seats and enjoy the ball park.

    “It”s one of the most beautiful parks in the country,” she said.

    During the movie, concessions will be available and the bookstore will be selling cougar wear and memorabilia.

    People who attend can also participate in games, sponsored by local businesses, and win prizes.

    Goldsmith will hold a hole-in-one golf putting challenge for a free diamond, while the Macaroni Grill will give dinner for two to the winner of their karaoke competition.

    Taco Bell”s fly-ball challenge, Hogi Yogi”s baseball toss and TGI Friday”s twirl and hurl game will be giving out gift certificates and other prizes.

    The event is co-sponsored by BYUSA as part of the events with the “Choose to Give Campaign.”

    Most of the admission proceeds will go toward offset the expenses of the night, while the rest will be donated to support the baseball and softball programs.

    “It”s a great chance to enjoy a fabulous baseball movie in a baseball stadium,” Deans said.

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