Street Team Update
The ‘Cats Street Team has been out and about in the community all season. Let’s take a look at exactly where Southpaw and friends have been in the past few weeks.
B 95.5 Kids Club
On Tuesday morning, SouthPaw and Amy headed over to Crossgates Mall where they took part in the B 95.5 Kids Club! SouthPaw colored, danced, and played hot potato with the kids in attendance. Kids also had the opportunity to spin the prize wheel to win ValleyCats prizes such as bobbleheads, team cards, yearbooks, and team posters! SouthPaw and Amy plan on making many more appearances this summer at the B 95.5 Kids Club which is every Tuesday from 9-10am on the lower level outside of Macy’s.
Saratoga Arts & Crafts Day
The first appearance of the day for SouthPaw and Amy on Wednesday July 18th was at the Saratoga Springs Public Library for their Arts and Crafts Summer Celebration. They set up cornhole in the children’s room and had coloring pages and activity books available for the kids to have. SouthPaw visited with all of the kids and many of the kids gave the crafts they did to SouthPaw as gifts.
Nassau Public Library Visit
SouthPaw and Amy visited the Nassau Free Library to do a reading visit for the New York’s 529 College Savings Summer Reading with the ValleyCats Program where they read two books to the 30 children in attendance. The kids got into the books and helped Amy sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. After reading, the kids had SouthPaw autograph posters and then they colored ValleyCats pictures and were given tickets to our Summer Reader Night game on Saturday August 25th.
Desmond Hotel Picnic
On Friday July 20th the Street Team went over to the Desmond Hotel on Albany-Shaker Road to take part in their employee appreciation picnic. They set up the inflatable skee-ball game and had a table set-up with 2012 team posters, July Playbills, Astros vs Mets Raffle Tickets, and information on upcoming game promotions.
Schenectady Summer Night Festival
Friday night ValleyCats staff attended the Schenectady Summer Night Festival where SouthPaw greeted many excited fans and the inflatable skee-ball game was set up with 2012 team posters as prizes. There was also a table with information on upcoming promotions as well as a raffle for four tickets to see the Astros take on the Mets at Citi Field.
Applebee’s Player Appearance
After Sunday evening’s game against Vermont, the Street Team along with infielders Jesse Wierzbicki and Ryan Dineen, visited Applebee’s in North Greenbush where they signed autographs for fans.
Colonie Library Visit
Monday morning the Street Team and media department, along with catcher Tyler Heineman and outfield Preston Tucker, visited the William K. Sanford Town Library where each player read two books to about 60 people and answered great questions asked by the young fans and then signed autographs and posed for pictures. Everyone in attendance were given four tickets to the Summer Reader Night game on Saturday August 25th.
Cap Com Player Appearance
Pitchers Brian Holmes, Kenny Long, and Travis Ballew hosted a baseball clinic for kids at Vanderheyden Hall. SouthPaw made a guest appearance once the ice-cream truck came and everyone took pictures and signed autographs.
Thursday afternoon the Street Team brought the small inflatable skee-ball game to Camp Givah. The camp will be bringing out a group to the Sunday August 5th game and the Street Team helped get everyone excited for the game and handed out team posters that the kids can bring back to the game to get signed.