On Thursday, July 5th, the ValleyCats honored the men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation in the armed forces.
Veterans Night was presented by CSEA and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center hosted a number of veterans for tonight’s celebration.
The team showed their appreciation with a special tribute video that aired prior to the game.
Korean War veteran, Tom McVeigh, and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Specialist Nicholas Mustico were recognized with ceremonial first pitches.
Associate Director for the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and Vietnam era veteran, Donald Stuart welcomed the crowd and led ‘Cats fans in a special round of applause to honor all of the veterans in attendance.
The New York Army National Guard presented the colors, while Shawn Morgan, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, sang the national anthem. A patriotic fireworks display, courtesy of Price Chopper, capped off the evening.
The ‘Cats dropped a tough 2-1 decision on the field, unable to break through against State College pitching. Brady Rogers was took the tough luck loser despite allowing just one earned run and fanning six.
Game 3 of the homestand gets underway Friday night at 7:00 PM. Our friends from the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be on hand with some special artifacts displayed behind home plate. Don’t forget to take advantage of our extended Family Four Pack offer tomorrow night for your chance to see baseball history . . . new and old . . . at “The Joe” on Friday night.