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‘Jazz’ at center stage during Bahamian Heritage Celebration

The Miami Marlins are gearing up to host the second edition of the Bahamian Heritage Celebration at loanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, USA, this Saturday.

The celebration will center around Bahamian professional baseball player Jasrado ‘Jazz’ Chisholm Jr. when he and the Marlins take on the New York Mets at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday. The evening will be recognized as ‘Jazz’ Chisholm’s Bobblehead Day at the park.

Chisholm, a 24-year-old infielder with the Marlins, is the seventh Bahamian to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is having a productive season with the Marlins who are 13 games behind the league-leading Mets in the National League East Division of MLB. The Mets have a 45-25 win/loss record while the Marlins are at 30-36.

The celebration is a collaborative initiative by the Marlins; Bahamas Consulate General Miami; Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation; National Sports Authority (NSA)  and the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA), shining a spotlight on Chisholm while simultaneously introducing ticket holders to varying aspects of Bahamian culture.

Against the backdrop of Bahamian themed colors – aquamarine, gold and black – the celebration will feature a pregame Junkanoo rushout led by The Bahamas’ Junkanoo Revue of Miami and legendary Junkanooers Quentin ‘Barabbas’ Woodside and Langston Longley, as well as a postgame concert featuring popular rhythmic Bahamian music.

Bahamians throughout Florida, the wider USA and across the Bahamian archipelago are encouraged to bring their Bahamian flags, goatskin drums and other paraphernalia to the special Bahamian heritage celebratory game. It is to be noted, however, that noise makers such as cowbells and wind instruments are strictly prohibited in the stadium.

The purchase of a Bahamian Heritage Celebration ticket package includes an exclusive Bahamian Heritage Marlins jersey and access to the pregame and postgame events. This year, spectators will also have a chance to receive a collectible ‘Jazz’ Chisholm Jr. bobblehead souvenir, presented by loanDepot.

Part proceeds from the special ticket package will go to the BBA to increase investment in local baseball. General game tickets do not grant attendees access to the exclusive Bahamian Heritage Celebration T-shirt or events. Tickets for the game and celebration can be found at https://www.mlb.com/marlins/tickets. Direct bookings are also available for groups of 10 or more through Brad Johnson at brjohnson@marlins.com or by calling the telephone number (305) 480-1548.

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