Despite batting .250, Wings GM ups temperature guarantee

Red Wings Announce 51-Degree Guarantee

Single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

ROCHESTER  – In the past four seasons Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason has only had a single hit when issuing a 50-degree guarantee for opening day. But that is not stopping the Flower City’s version of Punxsutawney Phil from going for the fences this spring.

Mason announced Tuesday he is guaranteeing the temperature at Frontier Field will be 51 degrees for the Red Wings home opener Thursday, April 11. First pitch that day is set for 6:05 p.m

“My skeptics, who will remain nameless, are quick to point out that I have only been successful once in the last four years,” said Mason, aka the ‘Duke of Doppler’. “However, I believe that predicting the weather is a lot like hitting a baseball. Going into this year I’m batting .250 when prognosticating the Opening Day temperature. Hitting .250 was good enough for some guys to receive votes for induction into the Hall of Fame. Thus, my confidence is at an all-time high and I’m upping the stakes in 2019. I guarantee it will be at least 51 degrees on Opening Night on April 11. And if 51 degrees isn’t warm enough for fans we will be giving away a reversible winter hat to the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Dunkin’.”

If the temperature displayed on the ballpark thermometer beyond the right field fence doesn’t reach 51 during the game, all fans in attendance will receive a ticket to any Red Wings home game in April or May.  The historical average high temperature in Rochester on April 11 is around 52 degrees.

Single-game tickets for all 70 home games, including the Home Opener, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at The newest seating area, the Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Left Field Terrace, will also have single-game availability beginning that day. The Early Bird Pack, which includes a premium box ticket to all 14 home games in April, is only $49 per seat. Group outings (20 or more tickets) can also be booked. Both options are available by calling (585) 454-1001.

The Red Wings open the 2019 season against the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley, PA Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. The IronPigs repay the favor in providing the opposition for the Red Wings home opener Thursday, April 11 at 6:05 p.m.

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