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This is somewhat old but it still applies to the 2004 season. I found it while looking through for something in the old news on the Marlins website and figured i'd post it here:


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (April 5) -- Miami's Florida Marlins, the 2003 Major League Baseball champions, presented to the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment last week more than 160 tickets for their opening day game April 6th.


The gift was used to kick off the team's "Stars and Stripes" ticket program for military personnel and their families. Opening day tickets were presented to the United States Southern Command.


The Florida Marlins' "Stars and Stripes" ticket program allows military personnel, Active, Reserve, and National Guard, and their dependents, to attend any Marlins regular season game for free.


"To receive their free tickets, eligible military personnel, or dependents, must present their military ID at the Gate G box office of Pro Player Stadium, on the day of the game, at least 1 hour prior to the start of the game," explained Sean Flynn, Marlins' director of marketing.


Flynn added that this offer is not limited to outfield bleacher seating only, and that the seats are those available at game time on any particular day.


While this offer is available to military personnel and their families for all games, Flynn cautioned fans that some games will be sold out during the season and other promotional events may limit tickets on weekends and holidays.


The 1-124th of the Florida National Guard arrived back in South Florida in March after serving 14 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The tickets will be distributed to soldiers and their families in the 1st Battalion through the Family Readiness Program.


The Marlins' starting pitchers visited the West Palm Beach Armory Wednesday during a promotional tour to highlight the military ticket offer and sign autographs for military fans. A Major League baseball signed by the team is being sent to the West Palm Beach air defense unit, the 2nd Battalion, 265th ADA, currently at Fort Dix, N.J., enroute to Afghanistan in May.


"You guys are the real heroes," said Marlins pitcher Brad Penny. "We just play baseball, you guys do the hard work protecting our country."


Marlins' pitchers Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, Dontrelle Willis, A.J. Burnett, Carl Pavano, and Armando Benitez met with Florida Guard personnel before they were photographed for a marketing campaign featuring the "Young Guns" on the pitching staff. The poster and other material will be used later in the year as the team seeks to defend its 2003 major league championship.


For more information on the "Stars and Stripes" program, contact the Florida Marlins' marketing staff at (305) 626-7297.


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