While the Rattlers are away….

…9,000 people will show up to the ballpark to watch the Packers play.  And that’s an Awesome thing!

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That would be 9,010 fans.  Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

I have a feeling that the host – Donald Driver – had a lot to do with all of those fans turning out for the game this year.

Donald Driver at the bat.

Donald Driver at the bat. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

It sounded like a great day at the stadium on Sunday as the Defense beat the Offense 24-20 and a lot of money was raised for charities.

That got buried at the bottom of some stories, but I wanted to put it near the top of this post.  Information is from the WFRV story:

Money raised totaled over $115,000 and will benefit the Donald Driver Foundation. His foundation then distributes to several charities, which he presented before the game.

The donations included $72,000 for Blessings in a Backpack foundation.

$15,850 for the Greater Green Bay YMCA

$10,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin

$10,000 for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

$3,200 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

$4,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay

Not bad.  Not bad at all.

According to the boxscore, the Defense took control of the game in the top of the fifth with nine runs and they added five more in the top of the sixth.

Rookie linebacker Nate Palmer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI to earn Game MVP honors.  He was also the Home Run Derby Champion.

Don Barclay led the offense with six RBI.

But, the day wasn’t about winning and losing.  It was about saying, “Thank you, Donald.” The fans were streaming into the game to say just that:

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Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Click the links for just some of the coverage:

Post-Crescent Video: Donald Driver delights fans at Fox Cities Stadium

Journal Sentinel Story: Donald Driver showered by love from loyal supporters at softball game

FOX 11: Defense ends skid in Driver softball game

Today’s TMJ 4: Donald Driver charity softball game

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