Opening Night Recap

The 2013 season got under way at The Joe last night as the ValleyCats knocked off the Vermont Lake Monsters by a score of 9-3! It was a great night both on and off the field at the ballpark, as a sold-out crowd of 4, 889 was treated to a fun night of entertainment, and also an offensive explosion (followed by a firework explosion) on the field!

The excitement started before the game, as our promo team and greeted all of our fans outside the gate. There were face painters, blow-up games, and everyones favorite mascots. 20130617_tc_vs_vermont-43 20130617_tc_vs_vermont-40

As is ValleyCats Home Opener tradition, ValleyCats Owner and President Bill Gladstone addressed the sellout crowd before the game to welcome fans to the 12th season of baseball here in Troy at Joseph L. Bruno stadium. We also had two very special first pitches before the “real” first pitch. Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia was at the ballpark to throw the ceremonial first pitch, and was joined by his mascot likeness out on the field. We are honored that Mayor Rosamilia was able to join us for this special event. Cuppy, the Dunkin’ Donuts mascot, also uncorked a ceremonial toss in the pre-game proceedings on the field.

Cuppy winds up on the mound

Cuppy winds up on the mound

ValleyCats President Bill Gladstone addresses the crowd

ValleyCats President Bill Gladstone addresses the crowd

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with the "other" Mayor Rosamilia and Charlie

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch with the “other” Mayor Rosamilia and Charlie

Mayor Rosamilia’s big night only got better than his mascot representation took 1st place in our first Mayor’s Race in 2013 sponsored by SportClips Haircuts, accompanied by their larger-than-life referee mascot, who will be present at all ‘Cats homes games this season.

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A few hours before game time, a nasty wind and rain storm came through the ball park, and left parts of The Joe knocked down and in need of repair. BIG THANKS to the field crew and all who helped out to restore the park to its usual pristine condition so that we could open our gates to all of the fans who came to the game!

As for the game itself, the ValleyCats were playing in the first game under new manager Ed Romero. Romero played in the MLB for four different teams in a 12-year career from 1977 to 1990. Romero twice reached the World Series, playing for the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers and 1986 Red Sox. 2013 marks Romero’s 21st year as a coach in professional baseball. The star of the game was new ‘Cat Jon Kemmer, who was drafted this year by the Astros. In his first professional at-bat, Kemmer hit a line drive home run to right field, and had three more hits in the game! Kemmer finished 4-for-4 with a HR, as well as 2 RBI.

LF Jon Kemmer right after making contact with what would turn out to be his first career hit-a home run

LF Jon Kemmer right after making contact with what would turn out to be his first career hit-a home run

Manager Ed Romero gets ready to take the field

Manager Ed Romero gets ready to take the field

Once the game ended, it was time for the 25 Silver Ball Launch as well as Price Chopper Fireworks! It’s hard to think of two better ways to celebrate a ValleyCats victory.

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In every way possible, it was a great Opening Night at The Joe. We were very happy to see our faithful season ticket holders, as well all other fans that decided to make it out to the ballpark Monday night. If Game 1 is any indication, this promises to be another memorable season both on and off the field for the ValleyCats team, organization, and most importantly, it’s great fans!

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