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15th annual Salute to Armed Force Night

Salute to service

Northwest Guardian

Published: 12:11PM April 7th, 2017

If you go

What: 15th annual Seattle Mariners’ Salute to Armed Forces Night

When: April 15. Pregame ceremony at 5:30 p.m.; first pitch at 6:10 p.m.

Where: Safeco Field. 1250 First Avenue S., Seattle

Cost: Military discounts on tickets. $13 for view level, $31 for main level and $40 for Terrace Club. Online offer only by visiting mariners.com/armedforces. Enter promo code “MILITARY.” Deadline to purchase tickets is April 14 at 5 p.m.

Only a few things scream America. Two of them are baseball and the United States military.

Both will come together again for the Seattle Mariners’ 15th annual Salute to Armed Forces Night April 15 at Safeco Field in Seattle. In the moments leading up to the Major League Baseball game against the Texas Rangers, representatives from all military branches will be honored.

“This history of baseball and the military has been linked since the beginning of America,” said Rebecca Hale, Mariners’ director of public information.

Officers representing each branch of the military — including Army, Air Force and Washington National Guard — will be honored with commemorative plaques. Service members will also be part of a simultaneous first pitch ceremony.

In addition to service members being part of the event, veteran groups will be introduced in the pregame festivities. Select veterans will also help deliver the lineup cards for both teams, as well as the game ball.

A Joint Service Honor Guard, coordinated from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will also present the colors for the National Anthem, which will be performed by the Navy Band Northwest Ceremonial Band.

Something new this year is having service members be “Honorary Mariners” for the game. These players will take a position on the field — from catcher and pitcher to all of the infielders and outfielders.

The idea comes from the Salute to Kids games where children entering the stadium are chosen at random to greet Mariners during player introductions.

“It’s such a nice moment that we wanted to add that kind of element to the Salute to Armed Forces Night,” Hale said.

The deadline to purchase tickets at the special military discount price is April 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online at mariners.com/armed forces and using promo code “MILITARY.”

Prices will be $13 for view level, $31 for main level and $40 for seats in the Terrace Club. Military baseball fans who purchase tickets with the online special will receive a commemorative coin.

The first 20,000 fans will receive a military-themed Mariners cap. They will also notice members of the 56th Army Band performing at the left field gate off the corner of First Avenue and Royal Brougham Way.

Although the Mariners have a special day for all members of the U.S. military, the team provides military ticket specials for all home games. With a valid military ID, service members can receive a 10 percent discount on main and view level tickets, as well as seats in the Terrace Club. Tickets can be purchased at the Mariners Team Stores and the Safeco Field Box Office.

Additionally, the Mariners welcome the military community to have their re-enlistment ceremony at Safeco Field. Service members interested in this opportunity can contact Ted Frisk at 206-346-4246 or tfrisk@mariners.com.

The Mariners also have a Salute to Those Who Serve program where service members past and present can be recognized at select games throughout the 2017 season. It’s part of the team’s efforts to be connected with the military installations surrounding the team — including JBLM.

“Obviously, it’s not just the fact that these installations are all located in our community,” Hale said. “They’re also baseball fans. It’s a chance for us to directly connect with the military branches and the military service members.”

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon