FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The Fort Wayne TinCaps closed the 2013 regular season with two more attendance milestones on Labor Day. The franchise surpassed the 2 millionth fan to attend a game at Parkview Field.
In honor of the accomplishment, one lucky fan at the game Monday vs. the Great Lakes Loons had the possibility of leaving the ballpark with up to $2 million.
Some are pretty confident about their chances.
"The TinCaps are winning, I'm going to win. We're there!" said Nathan Maurer from Upland, Ind.
"I can't wait to hear my name announced, 'You've won $2 million!'” said Ed Lamont from Fort Wayne.
Others aren't so optimistic. "Probably pretty slim,” said David Bush of Fort Wayne
But all it takes to qualify is a ticket to get in and an entry card in the box. "I'm going to fill out as many cards as I possibly can,” said Maurer.
"They can be 2-years old, 102-years old. It doesn't matter,” said Michael Limmer, TinCaps Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
And the winner was somewhere in between that. Out of 6,083 people 7-year old Aidan Wissing of Auburn was chosen.
"I was pretty excited, and a bit nervous,” said Aidan.
"It was crazy out of all the people here that his name was drawn and he was sitting there talking about it the whole time,” said Aidan’s mother, Amanda.
But, there's a catch.—Aidan won't win the $2 million unless he picks the four out of 40 money bags with the TinCaps’ apple logo inside.
"Man, that's gonna be hard!" exclaimed Aidan.
But the TinCaps made sure he won't go home empty handed. “If they get three apple logos, they’ll get $200,000. If they just pick two of the apple logos it’s $20,000, and then there’s also chance if they pick four Parkview Field logos, which are also mixed in with those bags, they win $2,000,” said Limmer.
"When we were sitting there, he'd already picked his 4 numbers so it was just a matter of walking around, hoping and praying he won something,” said Amanda.
Aidan ended up picking four Parkview Field logos winning $2,000. So how's he going to spend it?
"Nintendo 3DS!" said Aidan with a big smile.
"I'm thinking most of it will go in the bank—savings,” said Amanda.
But no matter what he uses it for, this will be a day he'll always remember.
"Today is a very good day and I'm just very, very excited,” Aidan said.
With 6,083 fans at today's game, our season attendance is 403,596. That's the second-highest mark in team history.Thank you, fans!— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) September 2, 2013
The TinCaps are also celebrating a second season where more than 400,000 fans came through the turnstiles. The 'Caps averaged 6,600 fans per game this year.
The TinCaps beat the Loons, 11 to 10, Monday afternoon.
The TinCaps' season continues Thursday with their fifth consecutive playoff appearance, beginning at Bowling Green Wednesday and a home game Thursday at Parkview Field at 7:05 p.m.
A BIG DAY MARKS THE END OF THE 2013 SEASON OF TINCAPS BASEBALL DOWNTOWN.
MORE THAN 4-HUNDRED-THOUSAND FANS CAME THROUGH THE GATES AT PARKVIEW FIELD THIS SEASON WITH AN AVERAGE OF 66-HUNDRED PEOPLE A GAME.
MORE THAN 2-MILLION FANS HAVE WATCHED THE 'CAPS SINCE THE TEAM MOVED DOWNTOWN.
THERE IS STILL MORE BASEBALL TO SEE THIS YEAR... THE TINCAPS ARE IN THE MIDWEST LEAGUE PLAYOFFS FOR A RECORD BREAKING 5TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON AND WILL BE PLAYING ONE OF THOSE GAMES THURSDAY NIGHT.
IT'S A 7-05 FIRST PITCH... AND A THURSTY THIRSDAY WITH FIREWORKS TO FOLLOW.
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