The ValleyCats returned to Troy on Monday night after a red hot road trip in which they won six straight games!
The team enjoyed their first off day of the season on Tuesday with a chance to watch former ValleyCats in Jason Castro and Ben Zobrist in the Major League All-Star Game.
Jason Castro earned his first All-Star selection with a strong first half for the Astros
Zobrist was named to the All-Star team for the second time this year
They were back to work Wednesday morning with several players helping out at our annual ValleyCats Academy Baseball Camp. Participating kids had an opportunity to play on the field at “The Joe” while learning from the pros.
Wednesday night at “The Joe” was 90’s Night and also marked out annual Stop DWI Night with the New York State DMV and Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. They brought in a simulator to educate fans on the dangers of driving under the influence as well as goggles to show how alcohol can impair your motor skills.
Local law enforcement joined us on the field with their vehicles lining the warning track as part of the pre-game ceremonies. Albany County Sheriff, Craig Apple, and Rensselaer County Stop DWI Coordinator, Jim Gordon, were also recognized with ceremonial first pitches.
The folks from Armory Fiat were on hand as well with several new models on display for our fans. They were joined by our friends from the United Way who celebrated their volunteers with a night out at the ballpark.
Mayor Jennings took the victory in the Mayors Race after he and Mayor McCarthy combined for a textbook tabletop. The ‘Cats were not as successful as they could not sustain their winning streak, as they fell to the Doubledays by a score of 3-1. It was the first time these two teams have played since the ‘Cats knocked off Auburn in the first round of the playoffs last September. Despite solid relief work from Albert Minnis and Tanner Bushue, the ValleyCats managed just five hits and saw their season-high six-game winning streak snapped at home. For fans who have followed professional baseball in the Capital Region for a few decades, the name Gary Cathcart might ring a bell. Cathcart, the current manager of the Doubledays, played for the Albany-Colonie Yankees in parts of four seasons from 1985-1988.
Following the game and our 25 Silver Tennis Ball Launch, a couple who purchased a Sweetheart Ticket Mini-Plan enjoyed the Price Chopper Fireworks from one of the best seats in the house-on the field! They were on the field for a private viewing as part of our Sweetheart Mini-Plan which was available around Valentine’s Day.
The ValleyCats and Doubledays will be at it again tonight as our friends from Proctor’s join us to present the first-ever Arts at the Ballpark! Come out and enjoy the show!