With only 8,736 fans to go, the Stockton Ports were anticipating reaching their six millionth fan to walk through the gates during Saturday or Sunday’s home game this past weekend.
It happened on Sunday – and that fan was 12-year-old Bryce McKenzie, a sixth grader at Valley Home School and the son of Pat and Michelle McKenzie. Michelle is active with the Friends of the Escalon Library and Bryce will be attending Escalon High School.
Young Bryce had the honor of being the individual who marked number six million in the Ports’ record book for overall attendance since the team’s inception.
He was greeted with a celebration at the gates, an on-field ceremony with a first pitch opportunity and a team autographed jersey, and was provided with a suite for the Sunday home game. Most notably, Bryce received six MVP season tickets for the remainder of the 2016 season.
“Bryce was it!” mom Michelle said of the exciting turn of events as they attended the Sunday game vs. the Inland Empire 66ers. “They upgraded our tickets to a Suite for the day, awarded him a team signed Tyler Marincov jersey … he threw out the first pitch and announced “Play Ball!” A very fun day, to say the least.”
There were plenty of photo opportunities as well, and the family will likely be back at the ballpark many times the rest of the summer to enjoy their season tickets.
“The Ports organization would like to thank all of our partners and fans, whether they have made it out to one game or thousands,” said Ports General Manager Bryan Meadows. “This is a tremendous achievement made possible by all of our fans, who we cannot thank enough for their continued support.”
Now on the road, the Ports will be back in town on Sunday, May 1 as they welcome the visiting Modesto Nuts to Banner Island Ballpark.