No time for ‘Cat naps!

The ValleyCats “Street Team” was in midseason mode this past week and weekend, attending many events around the community. First was the Paws in the Park event on the Siena College campus.  While the Street Team was busy passing out Bark In The Park flyers, Pappy was mingling with some four-legged friends of another kind. The Street Team is sure we’ll be seeing many of the same faces, snouts, and tails in our stadium on July 8th as we did at Paws in the Park.

(Paula Walker, timesunion.com)

(Paula Walker, timesunion.com)

Next up was the YMCA Block Party in Lansingburgh. The high-energy group at this event could not get enough of our inflatable baseball game. Every person that took one of our Drug Free Capital District Quizzes received a free Tri-City ValleyCats hat and magnet. Pappy also entertained the kids who showed up to the Block Party.

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Pappy with Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia

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On Saturday, SouthPaw stopped by Keeler Motor Car Co.’s Annual Block Party, and he had one heck of a time! It was the grand opening of Keeler’s brand new MINI showroom, which is where SouthPaw spent most of his time with his friends from PYX 106 and KISS 102-3!

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SouthPaw eventually found his way to the Audiostars who were playing classic rock hits! They even dedicated a song to him by playing “Stray Cat Strut!”

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Following Keeler, SouthPaw made his way to the city of Cohoes for the dedication of a plaque honoring George Stacey Davis, a native of the city who was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1998.

George Stacey Davis Plaque Ceremony

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For more information on George Stacey Davis, click here>>

On Saturday night, with help from Hannaford Supermarkets, we brought our “Show On The Road” to the East Greenbush-Castleton Youth Baseball League!

This incredible event featured pregame entertainment, live 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.

There was also a Home Run Derby that came before the 7pm game. In case you missed it, here are some images from this jam-packed night of fun, as the ‘Cats took their “Show On The Road!”

View from the "press box" during the pregame home run derby!

View from the “press box” during the pregame home run derby!

Ceremonial team introductions!

Ceremonial team introductions!

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The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Josh Bissaillon, accompanied by Hannaford representative Molly Tarleton.
Josh was recognized for an outstanding display of sportsmanship he demonstrated in one game this season. With Josh on the mound, knowing that the batter in the box had not played baseball before, and was nervous to step to the plate because three pitches had hit him in his first four games, he threw easy pitches, making sure not to come anywhere near the boy or throw as hard as he could.
This showed his understanding of the situation and willingness to sacrifice his own performance in order to ensure another young man’s enjoyment of the game, which exemplifies the meaning of Little League Baseball.

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Molly Tarleton from Hannaford, with Josh and his father

The game then got underway, and in between each half inning, the ‘Cats broke out the promotions that had been put away all winter long!

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Pony Hops

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T-Shirt Toss

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Hannaford Supermarket Sweep Relay Race

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Tri-City Mayors breaking it down after their race.

For more photos from the night, click here to view our entire album on Facebook.

We’ll cap off this pretty long blog post with photos from the Troy Flag Day Parade. It’s the biggest in the country, and the weather couldn’t have been any nicer!

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1 Comment

Looks like a great time!

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