November 2013

Winter prep underway at “The Joe!”

It’s that time of year again! Daytime is becoming shorter and shorter, the weather is getting colder and colder, and as much as some of us don’t want to hear it, snowflakes will soon be falling.

With winter rapidly approaching, we need to make sure things at “The Joe” are properly stored away, and undertake any stadium improvement projects that we can complete before the snow falls.

One such project is paving the area behind the video board, which leads to the Top of the Hill Bar & Grill.

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The ValleyCats Top of the Hill Bar & Grill is adjacent to the scoreboard in left field, and offers a breathtaking, elevated view of “The Joe!”

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Aside from leveling the surface and getting rid of the rocks, the ultimate goal is to use this extra space to expand the Top of the Hill.

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Final winter preparations have just been completed on the playing field, as Eric and Travis from Brickman Landscaping have edged the infield.  Now that the grass has stopped growing, it’s a perfect time to get it ready for the snow, and winter temperatures.

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The rest of the stadium has been packed up and placed into storage, leaving an eery looking empty concourse.

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The Hudson Valley Community College baseball team will be back on the field in March for their spring season, then before you know it, the 2014 ‘Cats will hit the field!


On the community front, SouthPaw has been very busy making appearances, and bringing along the New York-Penn League Championship trophy with him!

Here are a few photos from Crossgates Mall as SouthPaw celebrated the arrival of Santa, with children from the B95.5 Kids Club.




SouthPaw also stopped by NBT Bank in East Greenbush to meet with fans and customers!

Trophy Tour NBT Bank

Be sure to check back on our Facebook page and website for any further SouthPaw appearances!

‘Cats cook breakfast!

In what has become an annual tradition, members of our front office spent Friday morning at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany, cooking breakfast.


The Ronald McDonald House is such an important piece of the Capital Region community, providing a home away from home for children and their families while they undergo treatment at local hospitals. That is why we enjoy coming together as a team to assist in any way possible! We’ve also become pretty good at making breakfast!!

More photos:


ValleyCats General Manager, Rick Murphy cooking the eggs!




Ryan Burke and Anthony Pettograsso making the waffles and bacon!


Chris Dawson is our toast master, using the Toastmaster!