The South Bend Cubs Silver Sluggers program returns this season

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The South Bend Cubs and Saint Joseph Health System have renewed the Silver Sluggers program for the 2019 season.

The program offers special ticket prices and programs for participating seniors.

In addition, Pitchers Brailyn Marquez and Eury Ramos will live at SJHS St. Paul's during the season as honorary residents.

"For the past four seasons we have seen first-hand the passion that our senior community has for the South Bend Cubs organization as a whole," Team president Joe Hart said. "We are always excited and grateful to see them at Four Winds Field. It’s an honor to continue these programs."

Seniors 55 and older can purchase discounted tickets for every Wednesday home game this season beginning April 17. The discounted price for a field box ticket will be $6 - a 45-percent discount.

At their first game, the senior will receive a Silver Sluggers card that will be punched each time they attend a game.

After attending four Wednesday games, Silver Sluggers will receive a free South Bend Cubs Silver Sluggers hat. After attending seven Wednesday games, Silver Sluggers participants will be invited to a free ballpark picnic at the final Wednesday home game of the season, August 21.

The Senior Sluggers participants will be seated in a "Friendship" section so they can meet with old friends and make new ones.

One Silver Slugger participant will be chosen at each Wednesday game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

To receive a Silver Sluggers membership card, fans must visit the Four Winds Field Box Office and present a photo ID. Members must visit the Four Winds Field Box Office to receive their discounted game ticket.

Last year, South Bend Cubs outfielder Chris Singleton and pitcher Brendan King lived at St. Paul's. They both found their experience rewarding.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for both our residents and the players,” said Linda O’Neill, vice president of operations at St. Paul’s. “Each year our residents look forward to welcoming these players into their lives, rooting for them, and watching them grow and develop in the game of baseball and life.”

"Some of our players come a long way from home to play in South Bend," Hart added. "The guys who get the pleasure of living at St. Paul’s always walk away from the experience with great stories and their lives changed for the better. We are thrilled to continue this great tradition."

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