New ‘Cats in town, busy weekend at “The Joe” before Opening Night!

Opening Night is under 48 hours away, and this past week has been a whirlwind for the ‘Cats front office, as well as the 2013 ValleyCats.

The pieces of the ‘Cats roster are starting to come together, and the 23 who are in Troy were all together for the first time on Friday, getting acquainted with each other, the local media and their new home ballpark during Media Day.

One player on the ‘Cats roster who won’t have as hard a time getting acquainted, is former Saratoga Spa Catholic pitcher Christian Garcia. Garcia is a member of the ‘Cats this season after spending 2012 with Rookie League Greeneville.

The team was able to hold their first practice on Friday afternoon, and then attended our annual season ticker holder picnic Friday night where new manager Ed Romero introduced himself, the coaching staff and players.

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The season ticket holders then had the opportunity to eat dinner and mingle with the players and coaching staff.

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Ed Romero

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Infielder Chan Moon signs an autograph for a young fan.

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Catcher Luis Alvarez signs a ball.

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Pitching coach Doug White looks on as a young fan gets a signed mini-bat.

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On Saturday morning, the ValleyCats hosted the Father’s Day Home Run 5k at “The Joe.” It was another record turn-out, including members of the ValleyCats front office:

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On Saturday evening, the team held another practice, the second to last one before the home opener on Monday Night. Below, skipper Ed Romero speaks with the position players.

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The below picture was taken at the perfect time, as the ball makes its way to pitcher Kevin Comer.

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As the ‘Cats 2013 roster takes shape, click here for the story on the current ‘Cats in town.

Tomorrow, the team will practice one more time at 2pm before they open the 2013 season at “The Joe” on Monday night at 7pm against the Vermont Lake Monsters.

‘Cats broadcaster Matt Appel will have more on the team in his pre, “Pregame Meal” tomorrow on ‘Cats Corner.

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