Though Opening Night isn't until May 25, new fans can get their first sample of Schaumburg Boomers baseball in a charity game to support the Les Turner ALS Foundation at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Boomers Stadium.
The newly arrived Boomers players will take on the ALS Chicago North Men's Senior Baseball League Strikers in a game whose $10 tickets will go entirely to the ALS Foundation.
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The game will be the first in a 10-game exhibition season, with five to be played at home.
"The players are getting in on Wednesday, they'll start working out on Thursday, and from then on it's 34 guys trying to make a team," the Boomers Director of Media Relations Ed McCaskey said.
One thing that won't be debuted until the first official game on May 25, however, is the team's official uniforms, he added.
Most of the exhibition games will be free. Apart from the May 4 charity game, the only other exception is the $5 Kids Day game at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, against the Joliet Slammers.
The other home exhibition games at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg, are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, against the Gary SouthShore RailCats; 1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, against the Joliet Slammers; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, against the Rockford RiverHawks.
Tickets for the May 4 and May 11 games are available at the Boomers box office, by phone at (847) 461-3695 or through the website at boomersbaseball.com.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation has been a leader in research, patient care and education related to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- better known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- since 1977. The foundation serves more than 90 percent of the ALS population in the Chicago area.
The Boomers' Opening Night will feature a game against the Florence Freedom, the debut of the stadium's new HD videoboard and a fireworks display.