Think Summer!

As Winter Storm Nemo bares down on the Northeast and everyone braces for blizzard like conditions, summer is on the minds of each ‘Cats front office member.

The newest member of our team is Jason Lecuyer, recently hired to serve as Business Development Manager. Jason is a Colonie, NY native and comes to the ValleyCats after serving in the financial services industry.

Jason Lecuyer Funny

He is an avid Yankees, New York Giants and Syracuse basketball fan. He’s excited to become a member of the 2013 ValleyCats 5th Inning Drag Team and show off his great dance moves! Welcome Jason!

Now that we’ve introduced you to the newest member of our team, let’s introduce you to some new ideas that we’re thinking about for the 2013 season at “The Joe.”

As more and more former members of the ValleyCats reach Major League Baseball, it’s increasingly becoming important to honor all of those who began their professional baseball careers in Troy. From “The Joe” to “The Show” has been our catchphrase, with a dedicated page on our website and nightly reports during the season.

In 2013 we are going to expand this by creating a wall dedicated to all of the ValleyCats alumni who have reached Major League Baseball. We’re thinking about putting it right outside of the main gates to the stadium:

Joe to the show gate wall mock

The exact design is still up in the air, but the above gives you an example. We’d also think about putting action shots of former ‘Cats in the windows above the wall. All thoughts regarding this project are welcome.

Promotional planning for the 2013 season is coming along well and we should be releasing our schedule within the next two to three weeks. We’re very excited about what we have planned, and can’t wait to reveal our 2013 Bobblehead Collection.

For those of you who don’t know, we will draw our 1.5 millionth fan this summer! We’ve projected the 4th of July as that special date.

Aside from our in-season promotions, we have some exciting things planned for the months leading up to our season. Once the details become finalized, we will release more information. If you’re a local high school baseball fan, be sure to stay tuned!

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Time to catch up on a few recent community events the ValleyCats took part in. First, on Saturday, January 26, SouthPaw and the ValleyCats mayors spent the night at the Times Union Center in Albany for the Mayor’s Cup hockey game between local rivals RPI and Union.

This was the first opportunity that the real mayors and ‘Cats mayors had to get together as a group. The real Albany Mayor Jennings  was in attendance, but not available for the photo below:

Mayors Photo

SouthPaw, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.

More photos:

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The ValleyCats mayors even took part in an on-ice edition of the mayors race:

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Albany Mayor Jennings was the winner!

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On January 28, the ValleyCats were asked to perform their Anti-Bullying Mascot Skit at Castleton Elementary School. This was their second performance, and it was a huge success.

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We’ll cap off this post with a classic photo from 2011. ‘Cats Assistant GM Matt Callahan is an avid skier, and following a big snow storm, decided to build a ski jump in right field.

He got serious air!

Callahan Ski Jump

Here’s the video:

Be safe in the snow!! Think Summer!

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