Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sweet success: Dunedin Blue Jays commend preteen entrepreneur's work ethic

Dunedin's headline-making entrepreneur to serve lemonade and throw first pitch at D-Jays playoff.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

click to enlarge T.J. Guerrero, 12, runs his lemonade stand from a Dunedin neighborhood. - TAMPA BAY TIMES VIDEO
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  • T.J. Guerrero, 12, runs his lemonade stand from a Dunedin neighborhood.
The region's headline-grabbing lemonade stand, run by 12-year-old Dunedin resident T.J. Guerrero, was invited by the Dunedin Blue Jays to set up shop at the baseball team's Florida State League playoff game Wednesday night.

Guerrero garnered attention worldwide after a neighbor complained to City Hall about his lemonade stand. According to a Tampa Bay Times report on Aug. 23, the neighbor called Guerrero's stand an "illegal business" that causes noise and traffic, among other disturbances.

The D-Jays encouraged Guerrero to feature his $1 cups of lemonade at Game 2 of the playoffs, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, because they admire Guerrero's work ethic, according to a press release from the minor league team.

A participant in the D-Jays' baseball camp, the young entrepreneur, who isn't related to infielder and outfielder Emilio Guerrero, will throw the game's first pitch, too.

The press release said Shelby Nelson, D-Jays director and general manager, will be the first in line for a taste of Guerrero's offerings.

The lemonade stand's proceeds will benefit the Children's Organ Transplant Association, and the first 250 fans at the D-Jays game with tickets will receive an exclusive playoff T-shirt. Every guest at the game will also take home a free movie ticket to Clearwater's Cobb Theatres if the team wins.

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