ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Lehigh Valley IronPigs will play a virtual baseball game on “MLB The Show” this weekend with games broadcast locally on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 and Service Electric TV-2 Sports. The event is to celebrate “#HopeningDay,” because Pigs are scheduled to have a 2020 home opener on Friday night before the season is suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“#HopeningDay is a week-long celebration in support of our community and IronPigs,” IronPigs President and General Manger Kurt Landes said in a news release. “We are very pleased to be partnering with WFMZ-TV Channel 69 and Service Electric TV2 Sports because they helped us promote #HopeningDay by broadcasting a two-game series against Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to providing baseball entertainment to our fans, our goal is to bring additional awareness and support to the struggle against COVID-19 and to support our local frontline health care employees. “
The game is set to take place this Friday and Saturday night. Friday’s match will start at 8 pm. while Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 6:30 tonight. first note. Both games will also be available at WFMZ.com.
“When IronPigs called us to this concept, we immediately saw value for our viewers,” said WFMZ-TV General Manager Barry Fisher. “This is a difficult time, because almost every program in the past that people used to watch has been canceled. This virtual game is very realistic, right down to the players’ uniforms and faces. The Electric Cable TV service will add local broadcasters directly, which will bring realism of another measure to the event. We have no doubt our viewers will find this to be a fun way to spend a few nights. We are pleased to be working with Electric Cable TV and IronPigs Service to bring this event to this region. “
TV-2 Sports Director Mike Zambelli and Steve Degler will be called up for two matches. WFMZ Sports Director Dan Moscaritolo will provide in-game reports on all two broadcasts.
In addition to virtual baseball, there are several opportunities for fans to help local coronavirus assistance efforts. During the broadcast, GoFundMe will be available for fans to donate to local health workers. That is in addition to the “In This Together” T-shirt sold by IronPigs for several days where the net proceeds benefit the local health network.
Also, the health network will receive all net proceeds from the team’s “Eat like PIG” agreement along with Valley Prep Meal Prep. Fans can buy a meal bundle for $ 15 that will be sent to fans before the match on Friday night.
Pre-match coverage by Service Electric TV-2 will be given before each contest.
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