2013 ValleyCats receive their NYPL Championship Rings
Greetings from Houston Astros spring training camp in Florida! It was a special night for the Astros organization, and the 2013 Tri-City ValleyCats in particular, on Wednesday when the team received their New York-Penn League championship rings.
The Astros have gotten used to hosting ring ceremonies for their minor league affiliates, with Class-A Quad Cities receiving 2013 championship rings this past weekend, and Class-A Lancaster capturing the league title in 2012.
On Wednesday night, the Astros hosted a ceremony for the 2013 ‘Cats, who captured the organization’s second NYPL title in four years. It was all done under the leadership of first year skipper, veteran Ed Romero:
McCracken,ValleyCats President Bill Gladstone, and Romero all delivered fantastic speeches to the team:
Prior to the presentation of the rings, the team, staff, coaches, and front office all enjoyed a buffet style dinner:
Following dinner, a highlight video from the 2013 season was played and the room shared many laughs. Then the entire coaching staff and team was called up one by one to receive their rings.
Following the ceremony, we were able to catch up with skipper Ed Romero, infielder Conrad Gregor, and pitcher Kyle Westwood, to reflect back on the 2013 season.
Here’s a group photo of the ValleyCats championship squad:
Here are a few more photos from your former ‘Cats at Astros spring training camp: