A great time of year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s such a great time of year, as the holiday season means reuniting with family and friends!

Before we fill you in on some upcoming events, let’s recap our most recent community appearances.

Back on the 23rd of November, we participated in the 46th Annual Gazette Holiday Parade in downtown Schenectady! For those who have been, you know that the atmosphere and energy is tremendous. It’s known as the largest nighttime parade in the northeast, and attracts 20,000-40,000 spectators each year!

For the parade, we decorated the ValleyCats Ford pickup truck and ‘Cats Care trailer!

Pickup Truck Reindeer

Trailer Lights

SouthPaw, Pappy, Mayor McCarthy and friends had a blast! Here are some photos:

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On the 26th, SouthPaw visited with staff and patients at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center:

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VA Appearance Staff Patients SouthPaw

SouthPaw with Peter Potter, Public Affairs Director with the Albany VA; Matt Callahan, ValleyCats Assistant General Manager; Michelle Skinner, Community Relations Manager.

SouthPaw with Peter Potter, Public Affairs Director with the Albany VA; Matt Callahan, ValleyCats Assistant General Manager; Michelle Skinner, ‘Cats Community Relations Manager.

On Thanksgiving morning, SouthPaw braved the cold weather along with nearly 8,000 others in downtown Troy, to participate in the 66th Annual Troy Turkey Trot. Well, although SouthPaw didn’t run, he was there to give his full support and cheer on the runners!





Another great Capital Region tradition is the 17th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Located in Albany’s Washington Park, over 125 fantastic light displays line the roads in the park. It’s for a great cause, as all the proceeds from admission benefit the youth programming of Albany PAL.

Lights in the Park is open through January 3rd, and the hours are Sunday-Thursday from 6pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 6pm-10pm. For more information, visit their website here: http://www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com/

Members of our staff will be there on Saturday the 14th, volunteering our services. So be sure to come check out the great light displays and say hello!


Turning our attention to the 2014 season of baseball at “The Joe,” our 2014 schedule has been released and is available for download on our website, tcvalleycats.com. The season begins a few days earlier, on Friday, June 13th as we host the Connecticut Tigers.

You can expect many of the same great theme nights, as well as some fresh new ideas! We’ll keep everyone updated on the progress, but look for the full release of our promotional schedule at some point in February.

Season tickets and our popular mini-plan packages are on-sale now! If you order a mini-plan by December 17, you will receive a mystery ValleyCats gift card ranging in amounts of $5-$25! Click here for more information>>


Also, be sure to check out our Holiday Starting Nine, which lays out nine great ValleyCats gift ideas! One of our personal favorites are the brand new winter hats! Very stylish! Click here to check out our Holiday Starting Nine>>


Community Grounds Crew Wall

A few weeks ago, we announced our brand new season of the Community Grounds Crew Program, a partnership between us and BlueShield of Northeastern New York. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 ‘4 in 24’ Extreme Field Renovation Project, which takes place in April. At that time, we will renovate four youth ball fields, placing brand new sod on their infield while also rebuilding the pitcher’s mound and home plate areas. Click here for full details, and how to apply>>


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In closing, next week is a very busy and important week for some members of the ValleyCats front office who will attending the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

A common misconception is that the Winter Meetings are just for Major League Baseball and free agent/trade activity. It’s actually a gathering of members of The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (MLB & Minor League Baseball).

As MLB representatives deal with trade talks/free agency, the Minor League world will be attending a plethora of business seminars, informational workshops and a massive trade show, while also interviewing for select internship positions at the PBEO Job Fair.

ValleyCats Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes will be posting blog updates here on ‘Cats Corner throughout next week to give everyone an inside look. Also, be sure to follow the @ValleyCats Twitter feed for updates.

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