Off-Season? No Such Thing!
Even though the ValleyCats don’t play their first game for 13 more days, there is certainly no shortage of things going on at “The Joe.” In fact, there was some real, live baseball played on the field last week, as the Section II tournament got underway. On Tuesday, May 28th, Shaker knocked off Guilderland by a score of 7-3, which preceeded a Shenendehowa 10-0 victory over La Salle, wrapping up the Class AA semifinals. The next day, the Class B title game was played between Schalmont and and Johnstown. Thanks to a 10-run first, Schalmont took the championship by a final of 14-3. Two title games were held at “The Joe” on Friday the 31st: the Class AA final between Shen and Shaker, as well as the Class A title game between Queensbury and Scotia. The Class A game was played first, and went to Queensbury by the score of 8-5. In the night game, Shen knocked off Shaker 3-2 to bring home the Class AA championship. Congratulations to all players involved on a great tournament!
Opening Night preparation for the stadium is currently in its final stages. Our merchandise shop, “Southpaw’s Den” is already in mid-season mode. New to Southpaw’s Den this season are Oyo sports toys, miniature figurines, of numerous MLB players, including former ValleyCats Ben Zobrist, Jose Altuve, and Hunter Pence!
The outfield wall is now season-ready, with all the signage up and ready to go! Also ready for June 17th’s first pitch are our group areas, including the always-popular Picnic Pavilion!
Coming up on this Saturday, June 8th, the ValleyCats, in partnership with Hannaford Supermarkets, are doing something never done before in the organization’s history. The ValleyCats mascot’s, PA announcer, and promo team will be heading to the East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball fields to bring the “Show on the Road.”
East Greenbush-Castleton was chosen because of their league’s commitment to providing a positive experience on and off the field for their players. As part of bringing the “Show on the Road”, there will be pregame entertainment, ceremonial team introductions, a live performance of the national anthem, and in-game promotions including fan favorites such as the Mayors’ Race, T-Shirt Tosses, Pony Hops and more. The festivities will take place on at 7pm (once again, this Saturday) at the baseball complex located at 71 Gilligan Road in East Greenbush. Hannaford will be helping out with the concession stands, as well as offering healthy food and snack options.
As the dawn of the 2013 season is upon us, our seasonal staff was invited to the stadium this past Monday for orientation, serving as a refresher course on being part of the ValleyCats employee team. Part of the orientation includes a classroom presentation by members of our front office, as well as a tour around “The Joe.” All of our season staff, as well as our front office and interns, can’t wait to see the ValleyCat faithful out at the ballpark on the 17th!
Last, but certainly not least, is the start of the MLB Draft, which kicks off Thursday. The Astros (the MLB parent club of the ValleyCats, if you aren’t aware) have the #1 overall pick for the second consecutive year, and will look to make a big splash with their selection. We will be providing a live draft chat Thursday, so please feel free to join in on the conversation as the Astros pick the players of their, and the ValleyCats, future. Look for a link before the 7pm start on Thursday evening.
Once again, we can not wait to welcome all the ValleyCats fans for season opener in just 13 days. It looks to be another fantastic summer of fun and entertainment here at “The Joe!”
By Matt Appel