Grizzlies Home Opener Commemoration and Celebration

Fresno, CA The Grizzlies organization invited sheriff's deputies as well as city and county officials to take part in a special ceremony before the game. And it brought ... the entire stadium to its feet.

For the first time since last fall ... Downtown Fresno's Chukchansi Park welcomed eager baseball fans Friday night. The Grizzlies home opener had a standing room crowd of more than 13,000 people.

An exciting night for fans started with a somber moment.

Six Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies stood at the pitcher's mound to honor the two law enforcement officers killed in a shootout in the small town of Minkler on February 25th.

All of them risked their lives that day; including Deputy Mark Harris ... who was also shot ... he threw out the first pitch ... which prompted the entire stadium to stand up and cheer.

A fighter jet flyover also honored the fallen officers.

Grizzlies organizers say they hope to give fans a little of everything this season ... and that they couldn't think of a more fitting way to do so.

The Grizzlies beat the Portland Beavers in dramatic fashion.

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