The boom, pop and crackle of fireworks should be filling the air throughout the country later this week as July 4th celebrations spread coast to coast, sea to shining sea. Here in the southeast, we are anticipating more of a fizzle than sizzle because of rainy forecasts. In fact, most counties in the LMU service area are under a flood watch through Friday evening. Thankfully, celebrating the birth of this great nation is not always limited to Fourth of July fireworks, barbeques and picnics.Anyone who has uttered the words “as American as apple pie,” knows there are a slew of American institutions that fit that billing. Baseball is certainly one of them as America’s favorite pastimes. LMU’s love affair with competitive baseball can be traced back to within 11 years of the University’s founding. LMU has boasted a baseball team since 1908. The 105 years that have followed brought LMU banner seasons, conference and league titles, All-Americans, future pros and even a World Series Champ. One of our most notable alumni, Scot Shields, won a World Series with the Angels back in 2002. The love affair continues as LMU is a corporate sponsor for the Tennessee Smokies, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs that plays in Sevierville, Tenn. This is the third year of our partnership, which began as a marketing effort to help LMU garner more attention for what was then a new extended learning site in Sevier County. However, the partnership has resulted in one of the University Community’s favorite outings – “LMU Night at Smokies Park.”
Set for a Fireworks Friday on July 19, this year’s event promises fun for the whole family. The Tennessee Smokies will take on the Jacksonville Suns at 7:15 p.m. The University will participate in various promotions during the game. The LMU Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Abe will join Diamond and Slugger, the Smokies’ mascots, for pregame entertainment. Additionally, LMU admissions will be on hand with recruitment materials and give-aways. It will be Kenny Chesney Theme Night at the park featuring the country music star’s greatest hits. Following the game, a free fireworks show will take place.
It’s not too late to join the fun. Discounted tickets are available for faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. The ticket package is $11 apiece and includes admission to the game and a meal voucher good for a hotdog, a soft drink and chips. Follow this link to order online.
Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate for our celebration of the American institution of baseball and our Fireworks Friday will be more sizzle than fizzle. However, if Mother Nature does deal us another bad hand, rainchecks will be available.