July 4th at “The Joe”
The Fourth of July at “The Joe” has become an annual tradition for many families in the Capital Region. This year was no different as 6,744 fans came out to enjoy the national pastime and Price Chopper’s post-game fireworks.
The ballpark had a festive atmosphere as a juggling Sammy Baseball welcomed fans through the gates. Sunmark Federal Credit Union was on hand with a cowbell giveaway as the game sponsor.
Prior to the game, Lt. Fred Mulholland of North Greenbush honored us by throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Lt. Mulholland is a World War II Veteran and one of the few remaining P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. A member of the famous “Orangetails” squadron, Fred was a recipient of the Purple Heart as well as France’s highest Medal of Honor, Le Croix de Guerre avec Paume. True to form, Fred fired a strike to start the game.
Kelli Trippany, the ValleyCats and Crossgate’s Mall National Anthem tryouts winner, performed prior to the game with the American flag waving in shallow left field.
On the field, the ‘Cats fell 7-2 to State College, snapping their franchise-record winning streak at 11 games. Congratulations to the team on an amazing run that has them firmly planted atop the Stedler Divsion.
Following the game, the fans were treated to a third T-Shirt Toss, a Sweet Caroline performance by Zoggy, an impromptu dance party in center field and the Ball Launch. Price Chopper Fireworks blasted off at 9:15 pm to conclude a great evening at the ballpark.
The ‘Cats will look to start another streak on Thursday, as the team honors those who have served our country in the armed forces. Veterans Night is presented by CSEA, and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center will be hosting a number of veterans for the game. There will once again be post-game fireworks as we extend the Independence Day celebration through the rest of the homestand. Don’t forget to take advantage of the special Family Four Pack offer; available Friday – Monday!