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    Stripes Gets In the Game

    Convenience chain is partnering with minor league baseball team for the 2007 season.

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Stripes convenience stores is partnering with Texas League AA baseball team, the Corpus Christi Hooks, to kick off the 2007 season with a trio of fan-centered programs, according to a report by Oursportscentral.com.

    All Stripes stores in the greater Corpus Christi area are featuring 32-ounce commemorative cups saluting prominent players who have worn the Hooks uniform, including Matt Albers, Josh Anderson, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Hunter Pence and Mark Saccomanno.

    This Sunday, before the Hooks host the Tulsa Drillers at 2:05 p.m., Stripes Diamond -- a regulation youth baseball park located just beyond the batter's eye in center field -- will be officially dedicated as part of the Youth Sports Day festivities at Whataburger Field. About 1,000 youth baseball and softball players are expected to attend the game.

    All youth leagues in the area are eligible to apply for the opportunity to play on Stripes Diamond during the 2007 season. The field is maintained by the Hooks grounds crew.

    Stripes has also developed the "Stripe 'em Out" game to gain the attention of Whataburger Field fans this season. When Hooks' pitchers strike out a total of 10 or more batters, patrons will receive vouchers for free Laredo Taco Company tacos.

    "Our relationship with Stripes has deeply enriched the Hooks fan experience," Team President J.J. Gottsch said. "They are committed to meeting the needs of the Coastal Bend, from their convenience store operations to youth initiatives like Stripes Diamond, which are critical to the development of children."



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