Nightly Recap: July 22nd
The ‘Cats and Renegades wrapped up their three-game series on Monday on Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night at The Joe! We had a very special giveaway in honor of the celebration of baseball in the area: a 1994 Albany-Colonie Yankees Mariano Rivera bobblehead! Fans started lining up at 12:15 to make sure that one of the limited edition Heritage Series bobbleheads was theirs to take home! Thank you to all the fans who waited patiently for the gates to open!
During the pre-game ceremonies, we honored nine local people who were named E. Stewart Jones Community Heroes for the outstanding work they do in the area. We were so honored to be joined on the field by Ryan French, Faye Reynolds, James E. Welch, Paul Kirwin, Jeremy Walton, Ralph Southworth, Domenico Adami, Tammy Roberts, and Chad Tromblee, all of whom were presented with awards. These folks were nominated by others in the region to receive this honor for their hard work. ValleyCats General Manager/Vice President Rick Murphy and E. Stewart Jones himself were on hand to hand out the awards. The ValleyCats and E. Stewart Jones look forward to making this recognition of local heroes an annual tradition at The Joe!
In honor of the Rivera bobblehead, our Mayors Race had a Mariano theme to it Monday night. The mayors came out of the bullpen to Rivera’s entrance music, “Enter Sandman.” After re-enacting a Rivera save, Mayor Jennings went kung-fu on us to take home the win.
Black & White Taxi made an on-field appearance during one of our t-shirt tosses, and gave away some great t-shirts to the sellout crowd!
On the field, the ‘Cats were facing Castleton, NY native Jaime Schultz on the mound. Schultz, who pitched in high school for Maple Hill, was the 14th round draft pick of the Rays this year. In the 2nd, Jon Kemmer interrupted the homecoming by blasting an absolute moonshot to deep right-center, this third homer of the year, which gave the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead. Despite an hour rain delay in the eighth, the ‘Cats held on for a 4-3 win, as Tanner Bushue picked up his third win of the season. The ValleyCats improved to a league-best 24-11 with the victory!
The ‘Cats now head on the road for a five-game trip through Hudson Valley and Vermont. They will return home Sunday, which is Breast Cancer Awareness at The Joe! Player will be wearing Astros throw-back themed pink jerseys, which will be auction off after the game! To get your tickets and your chance to take home a game-worn ValleyCats jersey, call the stadium box office at 518-629-CATS!