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Ohio minor league baseball team to hold a ‘LeBron James Celebration’

LeBron James may have departed Cleveland for the second time in his career, but a local minor league baseball team nevertheless will pay tribute to the native son who delivered a pro sports championship to the city for the first time since 1964.

The Akron RubberDucks, the Indians’ Double-A affiliate, have announced a LeBron James Celebration night will be held on July 23 to honor the hometown star.

A special ticket price highlights various ballpark specials, activities and promotions, including the official retirement of the No. 23 by the organization in tribute of The King.

RubberDucks’ director of public and media relations Adam Liberman told Cleveland.com ticket prices are available for $5 (so long as fans show up in a James jersey or shirt at the box office) in honor of how James led the Cavaliers to five NBA Finals — 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 — winning one.

Among the James-inspired tributes, a “Chalk Cam” will be in the stands in honor of James’ patented pregame display. RubberDucks players will also be allowed to toss up chalk as they come out of the dugout. The team shop at the ballpark will be selling a LeBron James Celebration t-shirt as well.

“LeBron James’ greatness on the basketball court is unquestioned, but his commitment to his hometown of Akron is what really makes him a ‘legend’,” said RubberDucks general manager Jim Pfander in a release. “We felt there was no better way to honor someone who has had such a positive impact than retiring his number in Canal Park for fans to see for generations.”

James of course has left an indelible and irrefutable mark on the Northeast Ohio sports scene, even if the superstar decided to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year deal. While James may have broken the hearts of Cleveland fans with his departure, the region’s sports fans are dealing with the disappointment much better this time, given James delivered on his promise to deliver an NBA title to cement his legacy.