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REMINDER/Local Youth Named Honorary Member of SAFECO Field Ballpark Crew -- and It's His Birthday!

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              Washington Mutual Kids Inning a Sure "Hit"

What:             Daniel Garber, a Bainbridge Island youth, will be
                  named an honorary member of the SAFECO Field
                  ballpark crew thanks to the Washington Mutual Kids
                  Inning, a free youth-oriented community program
                  offered in partnership with the Seattle Mariners.
                  Special note: April 16 is Daniel Garber's 7th
                  birthday! What a way to celebrate.

                  Garber will serve as a member of the ground crew
                  during the bottom of the third inning of the
                  Mariner's home game.

                  In addition to the honorary ballpark crew status,
                  Garber also received four free tickets to the game.
                  Altogether, 50 kids will be selected to participate
                  in a Kids Inning this season.
Where:            Tonight's Mariners game (April 16) at SAFECO Field.

Additional information: The Kids Inning promotion is part of a spring- and summer-long program offered under the umbrella theme: Washington Mutual Grand Slam Summer. In addition to the Kids Inning, other major-league components are the Home Run Readers, which promotes summer reading and an endorsement by Mariners catch Dan Wilson, and a Back-to-School Rally on Aug. 22.

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CONTACT: Seattle Mariners
Rebecca Hale, 206/346-4324
Washington Mutual
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