Mexican Pacific League baseball will pay its first visit to Central Texas this weekend, when a pair of exhibition games will take place at Dell Diamond.
Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Águilas de Mexicali will play at the Round Rock Triple-A ballpark Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Postgame concerts are included in the ticket price.
“The Mexican Baseball Fiesta is not just a game; it’s a party,” said Mike Feder, president of the MBF tour and a former Pacific Coast League general manager. “The pitcher is warming up, ready to pitch, and the music is still playing. It’s the way it’s done in Mexico. Mascots are on the field for most of the game. Players expect it. Umpires expect it.”
J.J. Gottsch, chief operating officer of Ryan Sanders Baseball, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Express, said, “The atmosphere is much more festive than what fans are used to at games in the United States.”
Naranjeros de Hermosillo have won 16 Mexican League titles and were the first Mexican team to win the Caribbean Series in 1976 before doing so again in 2014. Águilas de Mexicali has three league titles and finished second in 2015.
The Mexican Baseball Fiesta has been on a U.S. tour, most recently stopping in Fresno, Calif., and Mesa, Ariz., in advance of the winter league season.
Ryan Sanders and the Express have branched out beyond minor league baseball in recent years, bringing different types of events to their ballpark.
“It shows the diversification of Dell Diamond,” Gottsch said. “We’ve put on concerts, Liga MX pro soccer, boxing, cycling events, women’s pro fast pitch. We’re more of an entertainment group as opposed to just a baseball club.”
Mexican Baseball Fiesta
Naranjeros de Hermosillo vs. Águilas de Mexicali
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Dell Diamond
Tickets: $20 lower reserved, $15 reserved, $10 upper reserved
Concerts: DJ Fusion will perform a postgame concert Saturday at the United Heritage Center, adjacent to right field. Austin-based Varonil and Energia Norteña, who combine saxophone, accordion and Mexican six-string guitar, will play a postgame show Sunday.