Nightly Recap: Star Wars Night

The ValleyCats kicked off a three-game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades on Saturday, which was a big night at “The Joe.” It was the always-popular Star Wars Night, as our friends from the The 501st Legion’s Garrison Excelsior were on hand. Many Star Wars favorites, such as Boba Fett, the Tusken Raiders, and even a stormtrooper were present for the pre-game festivities!

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It was also GE Kids in Free Day at the ballpark! For last night’s game, all children under 12 received free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket! Our friends from GE were on hand to give out great t-shirts, and the sellout crowd of 5, 201 enjoyed all the action! Thanks again to GE for hosting one of their Kids in Free Day’s at The Joe Saturday night!

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We had a number of special first pitches before the game got underway. Chris Young, a recipient of a live-saving double lung transplant from the Center of Donation and Transplant, was on hand to deliver a first pitch!

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At yesterday’s game, nearly 150 of the Arsenal and the Army’s Benet Laboratories workforce were sitting in Section 230 and 250. Arsenal Commander, Colonel Lee Schiller, threw out the first pitch.  This was Colonel Schiller’s first community event as he just took command of the Watervliet Arsenal on July 18th.

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And finally, we couldn’t have Star Wars Night without a first pitch from a galaxy far, far away, could we? A member of the Tusken Raiders uncorked a strike in impressive fashion!

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In honor of last night’s theme, many of our in-game promotions had a twist of Star Wars in them. Our 5th inning drag was set to a Star Wars version of “Call Me Maybe” and we even got Yoda involved!

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The Mayor’s Race featured a dramatic lightsaber battle between Mayor Jennings, Mayor McCarthy, and Mayor Rosamilia. Mayor “Jedi” Jennings used the force to take home the win on Saturday!

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In our hot dog race, relish’s Jedi powers stopped mustard in its tracks, allowing ketchup to race home for 1st place!

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On the field, the ‘Cats lost a tough one, 7-5. Michael Martinez put the ValleyCats on top in the 1st inning, blasting his 4th home run of the season for 2-0 lead. Martinez was 3-for-4 on Saturday, with the homer and 3 RBI. In the 7th, with the ‘Cats up 5-2, Hudson Valley rallied for five runs, which gave them the lead that they would hold on to. The ‘Cats dropped to 22-11 with the loss.

Michael Martinez rounds third after his 1st-inning homer

Michael Martinez rounds third after his 1st-inning homer

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After the game, love was in the air on the field. We were joined for a special edition of “Let’s Make A Deal” by a young couple, Billy and Tanya. After Tanya turned down the first two prizes, she couldn’t help but accept the third offer: a marriage proposal & ring from Billy! She said yes!

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Following that unforgettable moment, Billy and Tanya enjoyed a view of the spectacular Price Chopper fireworks from the best spot in the park: the field!

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The ‘Cats are back at it tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm. It’s Southpaw’s birthday, as well as Sunday Funday at The Joe! Kids can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases after! We hope to see a lot of you out at the park tonight! Also, don’t forget that tomorrow is Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night in honor of Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night. You won’t want to miss that, so get your tickets by calling the stadium box office at 518-629-CATS!

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