April 2014

Front Office Farewell!

Each week, we’ve been posting great segments titled “Front Office Friday,” where you’ve gotten the opportunity to get to know our front office staff a bit better. As you have noticed, last week we did not post a new segment. The reason being, on Friday we said farewell to one of our longest tenured front office staff members, Ryan Burke, who has accepted a position with the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association as Membership Sales Manager.

The new position will allow Ryan to spend more time with his wife Alyssa, and nine month old son, Lucas. We are all extremely excited for Ryan and his new opportunity!

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Ryan and his nine month old son, Lucas.

Ryan began with the ValleyCats as an intern in 2006, joining the full-time staff in 2007. Since that time, Ryan served as a member of the ValleyCats sales team, while also assisting with Community Relations. Growing up in Troy, Ryan’s passion towards the ValleyCats was expressed in his dealings with each of his clients and all of the ValleyCats fans, who are going to miss him just as much as we are.

We wish Ryan nothing but the best as he begins the next chapter of his life!

ValleyCats GM Rick Murphy presents Ryan with a #8 jersey for his eight years with the ValleyCats, and a framed photo of "The Joe" signed by members of the front office.

ValleyCats GM Rick Murphy presents Ryan with a #8 jersey for his eight years with the ValleyCats, and a framed photo of “The Joe” signed by members of the front office.

 

2014 ’4 in 24′ Renovation Recap

Each year, our entire front office staff looks forward to the ’4 in 24′ youth field renovations, because we understand how big of an impact it has on the local community, and on our local youth ballplayers in particular. We all have a passion for the game of baseball, which began when many of us were young ballplayers playing little league or softball, and now we have the ability to give back to today’s youth, and promote America’s national pastime.

In under 24 hours, Twin Town Little League and Spring Youth Baseball in Troy, Schenectady Little League, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo Little League all received major facelifts to their playing surface. The ValleyCats front office split up into groups of four, and along with numerous volunteers from each league, removed old sod from the infield and replaced it with brand new Kentucky bluegrass, rebuilt the homeplate and pitcher’s mound, remeasured and squared up each baseline, and put in brand new bases.

None of these renovations would have been possible without the outstanding support of BlueShield of Northeastern New York, our partners in this great community initiative. The partnership was formed in 2012 with a program called the Community Grounds Crew. The program assists local youth leagues with maintenance and upkeep of their fields throughout the spring and summer, and our mission is to provide the youth of the Capital Region with a safe place to play, learn, grow, and most importantly, have fun.

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Dr. Kirk Panneton, Regional Executive and Medical Director, BlueShield of Northeastern New York (L), and Matt Callahan, Assistant General Manager, Tri-City ValleyCats (R).

Throughout this blog post, you will see the hard work that was put in by all, and the transformation that took place at each field.

We’ll start with Berne-Knox-Westerlo Little League, and their field located on County Route 401 in Westerlo. The field was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, and you can see that much of the dirt had washed away.

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A bit closer to home, two renovations took place within two miles of each other just beyond the fences of Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

First, our neighbors at Twin Town Little League, just across the street from “The Joe.” Here are some before photos:

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And just down the road, Spring Youth Baseball. Spring has been part of the Troy community since 1955, and provides house and competitive travel baseball to children up to 12 years old.Before photos:

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After a few unforeseen circumstances, the field at Spring was the last to be completed at around 10pm. But it was well worth it knowing how great a shape the field will be in for the kids! Here are some photos of the finished product:

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Last, but certainly not least, Schenectady Little League. The field that received the renovation, Maietta-Buonome Field, has been home to Schenectady Little League since 1950. There is a lot of history at this field, where the teams of the ’50′s began their run to the Little League World Series three times, winning it in 1954.

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Three members of that 1954 championship team stopped by for a formal press conference recognizing the work being done at the field, and the 60th anniversary of the ’54 Little League World Series Champions.

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(L-R) Chuck Caputo, Joe Loudis, and Jackie Scirocco. Loudis holds the 1954 Little League World Series championship trophy.

Coincidentally, the photo was set up in the same way as 1954, with Loudis holding the trophy, Caputo on his right and Scirocco on his left.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy also stopped by to celebrate the occasion. Just one day earlier, the Mayor had spoke at the championship parade for the Union College men’s hockey team, who captured this year’s national championship.

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Also in attendance, ValleyCats Vice President/GM Rick Murphy, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Gerard Parisi, Nikki Peters and Sara Siddons from Schenectady Little League, SouthPaw, and a few youth ballplayers!

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Here’s what the field looked like prior to the renovations:

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A big thank you to Youth Build Schenectady for sending a bunch of hard working volunteers, and to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que & Ruby Tuesday for feeding everybody! Also thank you to Bob Pezzano, Director of the Schenectady School District Hall of Fame, for bringing over the World Series championship trophy and photo collages of the many memories from the 50′s.

All four renovations were also supported by Admar Construction, who provided much of the necessary equipment to complete the renovations, Turface Athletics for providing the clay bricks and dirt for the mound and home plate, The Brickman Group, and the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, whose contributions come from past events held at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

All said and done, it was another very successful year for the ’4 in 24!’ It is such a great feeling to keep laying the foundation for the youth leaders of tomorrow, and we can’t wait to see all of the smiling faces come Opening Day!

 

Front Office Friday: Jessica Kaszeta – The Ticket Master

Today is one of the most exciting days during our offseason! As most of you know, we have partnered with BlueShield of Northeastern New York for our “4 in 24″ field renovation project. We, the ‘Cats front office, along with plenty of helpers, will renovate four youth baseball fields in the Capital District in a 24-hour time span. It’s a great way for us to continue supporting youth baseball leagues and interact with our fans who support us on a yearly basis. If you happen to be in Troy (Spring and Twin Town), Schenectady or Berne-Knox-Westerlo, you might see us out and about today getting our hands – and clothes – dirty.

One of the members of our front office you might run into is Jessica Kaszeta. Jess is our Box Office/Ticket Manager and any and all ticket orders go through her. But she does much more than that! This will be her fourth season with the ‘Cats and she’s helped overhaul our ticketing process, all while working diligently on other tasks within human resources and marketing strategies.

Jess has the tickets printed and is ready for the season to begin!

Jess, a native of Wilmington, Del., graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, where she was cross country runner there, as well. She then pursued her master’s at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science in Sport Management. She’s worked for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, making Jess the only front office staff member who has experience at the highest level of professional sports.

Jess loves sports, Disney World and Kesha. You’ll see what I mean as we get to know Jess just a little bit better…

Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) I would hopefully be working for an NFL team, also in ticket operations or possibly working for Disney; or running marathons around the country, racking up medals!

Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) Philadelphia Phillies!

Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) Football definitely, I am a huge Minnesota Vikings fan.

Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I frequently run, visit Disney World, or running in Disney World.

Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) I am all over the board. It depends on the day, mood, etc. But I would say I am mostly country and pop/punk/alternative…and I love Kesha!

Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) McDonald’s – Hamburger, Medium Fries, Medium Coke 

Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) Bocker – my Cockapoo

Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) Probably 27 Dresses, or something from Disney Pixar.

Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) My favorite moments have been during our playoff runs. It’s such an exhilarating time of the season, and the nothing beats the atmosphere of post-season baseball.

Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) Probably to be able to stretch so I can reach normal everyday things like coffee mugs and clothing without a stool.

Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) First base, channeling my softball years.

Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” – Unknown

Jess and her Cockapoo Bocker recently completed the Furry Fun Run 5K in Saratoga.

Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) Shane Victorino

Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Jared Allen, Kesha, & Walt Disney.

Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) Pay off all of my debt, buy a new car, and visit every NFL stadium in the country.

Thanks for the hard work you put in all year long, Jess! You are the behind the scenes person for our fans and their ticket to fun!

‘Cats preparing for renovations to four youth fields on Friday

Prep work is underway for the ValleyCats and BlueShield of Northeastern New York’s ’4 in 24′ Field Renovation Project, which will take place this Friday. The work had originally been scheduled for Thursday, but bad weather conditions forced the renovations to be postponed until Friday.

Each field will have its old infield sod removed and replaced with brand new Kentucky bluegrass, the homeplate and pitcher’s mound will be completely redone, all of the baselines will be measured and edged to the accurate specifications, and new bases will be put in, along with other general cleanup around the ballpark.

The four leagues which will receive the renovations are Twin Town Little League and Spring Youth Baseball in Troy, Schenectady Little League, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo Little League in Westerlo. Four groups of ValleyCats staff, BlueShield of Northeastern New York staff, league and city volunteers, and members of The Brickman Group will begin work at each location at 7am. The bulk of the heavy duty renovations should be completed by early afternoon, with the finishing touches being put on in the evening.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League Baseball, the New York-Penn League, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame…so a big year for baseball in general! It also marks the 60th anniversary of the Schenectady Little League World Series championship team of 1954, which brings us to our first ’4 in 24′ location.

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The original Schenectady Little League was formed in 1950, and Michigan Avenue is where the team called home. Fast forward over 60 years later, and this Friday, that very same field will receive much need renovations. Schenectady Little League has a long and storied history of success, participating in three Little League World Series in the 50′s, capturing the title in 1954. Members of that team include former major leaguers, Billy Connors and Jim Barbieri. Connors went on to become pitching coach for the New York Yankees, and served as Vice President of Player Personnel from 1996-2012.

Another member of that 1954 championship team, Joe Loudis, will join the ValleyCats for a formal press conference that will take place at Schenectady Little League’s Maietta-Buonome Field on Michigan Avenue this Friday at 11am. Loudis was also a standout basketball player, playing for Marshall University and the University of Albany under Doc Sauers. He went on to become a highly successful high school baseball and basketball coach, and is a member of the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.

In our recent visit to the Maietta-Buonome Field, we discovered a few nostalgic items. These items and other memorabilia will be displayed throughout the day on Friday.

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Autographed photograph to Schenectady Little League from Phil Rizzuto.

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Autographed photo from Little League founder, Carl Stotz.

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Presently, Schenectady Little League has 300+ members after merging with JC and Bellevue Little League in 2008, and Northside Little League this season. Opening Day is set for Saturday, May 3.

Below are photos of the current conditions at Maietta-Buonome Field.

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TWIN TOWN LITTLE LEAGUE

Located directly across the street from “The Joe” on Williams Road, the Twin Town #2 field is where the league hosts all of their championship games and most all-star tournaments.

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Twin Town Little League is home to 50-55 teams / 550+ players, and with the league being our neighbors, this a very exciting piece to the ’4 in 24′ renovations! Opening Day is set for Saturday, April 26.

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SPRING YOUTH BASEBALL

Located just over two miles away from “The Joe” on Spring Avenue in Troy, Spring Youth Baseball has been part of the Troy community since 1955, making it one of the oldest continuously running baseball programs within Rensselaer County.

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The field plays host to the Spring Renegades travel program, whose 8 & under team won back to back Eastern NY State Championships in 2012 & 2013. They are asked to host many tournaments, including State and Mid-Atlantic Championships, and these renovations will help put the field in as best shape as possible.

Spring currently fields 30+ teams and has over 350 players. Opening Day is set for Saturday, April 26.

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BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO LITTLE LEAGUE

Rounding out the “fields” of four is Berne-Knox-Westerlo Little League. A smaller league comprised of about 13 teams and 135 players, BKW Little League uses three different locations for their games, including the Westerlo field on County Route 401. This is where the ‘Cats will focus their attention, as it was severely damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Because the field sits right next to a stream, it had been under 2-3 feet of water, washing away most of the infield dirt.

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When it’s all said and done, the before & after photos of this location will be remarkable! The field will be in tip-top shape for Opening Day on Sunday, April 27!

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All of the above renovations would not be possible without our fantastic partnership with BlueShield of Northeastern New York, who play a big role in the support of these efforts! Together, we are able to provide the youth of the Capital Region with a safe place to play, learn, grow, and most importantly, have fun.

Renovation efforts are also be aided by the support of Admar Construction, who will provide the necessary equipment to complete the renovations, The Brickman Group, and the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, whose contributions come from past events held at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

We’ll be posting renovation updates on our Facebook & Twitter pages throughout the day on Friday using #4in24, so be sure to check in and see our progress!

Front Office Friday: Now stepping up to the mic, Anthony Pettograsso!

Have you seen the weather report for this weekend? The Capital District is supposed to approach and surpass the 70 degree mark for the first time in 2014! Is it a coincidence that this weekend also drops us into single-digits on the weekly countdown to Opening Night at “The Joe?”

That’s right, we’re down to nine weeks until the first pitch is thrown! We have a lot of fun community appearances coming up, including our 4 in 24 Field Renovation this coming Thursday and youth baseball and softball opening ceremonies later this month.

The warm weather is getting everyone outside and spring activities are popping up everywhere. You can expect to see more of us in the coming weeks out and about. With that said, let’s introduce you to a familiar voice.

Anthony Pettograsso has been the man behind the mic since our third season in Troy. Along with being the Public Address “Voice of the ValleyCats,” Anthony is also our Promotions Manager. He oversees our promotional team and assists with gameday production.

Say hello to Anthony Pettograsso…You’ll hear his voice all summer at “The Joe!”

A native of East Greenbush, Anthony has spent the past 12 years working in college athletics. He was an Assistant Director of Athletic Programs here at Hudson Valley Community College and has worked with UAlbany in a game operations and facilities management role. You’ve also likely seen Anthony and heard his voice if you have attended Albany Devils games.

Here’s a little bit more about the guy we call AP, who happens to be our PA guy…

Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) I’ve spent most of my life is some shape or form working in sports, so I’d have to believe it would be along those lines. My dream is to announce a national sporting event in a Major League stadium or arena.

Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) The 27 time World Series Champion New York Yankees!

Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) Baseball will always be my first love…but Football runs a close second. J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! They’ve gotta get over the hump one of these years…right?

Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I’ve been known to play a little bass guitar in my spare time and I’m slowly improving my skills with the six-string. I’m an avid boxer and I’ve also recently discovered the world of CrossFit. So, between music, the gym, and “The Joe” my schedule is pretty booked!

Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) That’s the toughest question you could ask me. I’m a huge fan of all music. It really depends on the day. One day it could be a little Zac Brown Band…the next some Metallica could fit the mood. Above all else you can never go wrong will some Eddie Vedder & Pearl Jam.

Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) That depends who is cooking! When you ate as much pasta as I did growing up you learn to love anything with a nice homemade sauce, but if I had to choose one meal it would be your traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Yum.

Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) Seeing as I own 2 cats (Bruce Wayne and Isis…yes, I am a Batman nerd) I’d have to go with…cats. They sleep all day…greet me when I get home…then go back to sleep. What more do you want in a pet?

Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) Top 5 (in no particular order):
-The Dark Knight (ok, this may be #1)
-Animal House (if you don’t know what “Double Secret Probation” is then we can’t be friends)
-Ghostbusters (Go get her Ray!)
-The Sandlot (Fireworks without Ray Charles’ American the Beautiful is just plain wrong)
-Pulp Fiction (If you haven’t seen it…stop what you are doing and go now…you’ll thank me later)

Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) I’m one of the few people who have been lucky enough to be a part of the ValleyCats organization since the very first season. Of course the two championships (2010 & 2013) were amazing! Hosting the All-Star game in 2008 was another awesome experience…but if I had to pick one moment we need to go all the way back to the very first game in 2002. Before I stepped behind the microphone in the production room I was a part time member of the grounds crew. It was the bottom of the 8th inning on Opening Night in 2002. I believe the ‘Cats were trailing when Adam Suess crushed a Grand Slam over the Right Field fence. The stadium erupted and the ‘Cats went on to win 8-3. It was a special night that has led to countless memorable moments over the last 12 seasons!

Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) Super powers? Batman doesn’t need super powers…

Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) I was somewhat of a utility guy back in the day…but I think I like my home behind the mic in the production room!

Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “Do or do not. There is no try” -Yoda

Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) Growing up I was a huge fan of Rickey Henderson….but if we are talking “All-time” I think my answer would have to be Joe DiMaggio.

Anthony proudly holds the New York-Penn League Championship Trophy for the second time in four years!

Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Eddie Vedder, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, & Bill Ennis (my late grandfather)

Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) Buy Wayne Enterprises and become The Batman! Or maybe just some Season Tickets to the ValleyCats…it could go either way really.

Thank you, Anthony! Glad to have you on full-time this season and looking forward to hearing you announce the TWO-TIME NYPL CHAMPION Tri-City ValleyCats!

Anthem tryouts draw record number of performers

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This past Saturday, the ValleyCats held their 4th Annual National Anthem tryouts at Crossgates Mall, with Jaime from Oldies 98-3 serving as the event emcee. 84 contestants, the most in the events four year history, performed in front of a panel of four judges.

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Each performance was ranked based upon stage presence, song accuracy, and sound quality. Out of the 84 performers, the judges were faced with the tough task of deciding on five finalists. It was extremely difficult due to the many great renditions of the anthem!

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Ultimately, the decision had to be made, and we’re excited to announce the five finalists below!

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EMILY FROM COHOES

JOAN FROM ALBANY

MIKE FROM RENSSELAER

JAKE FROM EAST GREENBUSH

Each of the five finalists will be placed on tcvalleycats.com from Monday April 14 through Friday, April 18 for a fan vote. The contestant with the most votes, will sing at “The Joe” during a premium fireworks night in front of an average of 5,000+ fans!

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However, all of the finalists above will be scheduled to sing at “The Joe” in 2014…so congratulations! Plus, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem, which makes it extra special!

Thank you to everyone who attended the tryouts, thank you to Crossgates Mall for being great hosts, and to Jaime from Oldies 98-3 for being the event emcee!! We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015!

‘Cats Care: Community Round Up

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On March 15, Pappy SouthPaw spent the morning at Crossgates Mall with his friends, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Reindeer, and the B95.5 Bee for their free Kids Club event! This year, Crossgates Mall is celebrating their 30th Anniversary!

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On March 22nd, SouthPaw and Ribbie spent some time with the Albany Symphony Orchestra for their Price Chopper “Sunday Symphonies” for Families event. The hour-long concert took place at the Palace Theater, and is meant to introduce young audiences to the wonderful world of great symphonic music.

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Each concert has a different theme, with this one fittingly known as “String Training,” playing off of baseball’s spring training.

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SouthPaw & Ribbie with ValleyCats Kids Club member, Ebisa.

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On March 24, more than 65 youth baseball coaches and league representatives from the Capital District attended the ValleyCats first-ever Coach the Coach Clinic at Albany PAL Gym.

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The coaches packed the bleachers, brought their pens and notepads, and jotted down their observations, as coaches and players from Hudson Valley Community College and Albany High School provided their insight into the game we all love.

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Big thank you to Hudson Valley Community College hitting coach Brian Hamlin and pitching coach Brady Farkas, along with three HVCC players, for providing their knowledge of the game. Also, thanks goes out to AHS head coach Garett Baron, pitching coach Pat O’Connell and two Falcon players for giving their time and insight. We’ll have a more in-depth recap in a future ‘Cats Corner blog post, so stay tuned.

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The ValleyCats mascots and Sammy Baseball brought their anti-bullying skit to Carol Hill Elementary School in Troy on March 25th, during a special assembly in the school auditorium.

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Following the skit, each student recited the ValleyCats Peace Pledge, to stand up and speak out against bullying!

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The students then had a chance to take pictures and give high fives to the mascots on their way to class!

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Rowdy, Sammy Baseball, Ribbie, Spiedie the Chicken, and SouthPaw!

Here’s a brief video recap of the event from News 10 ABC:

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The following day, SouthPaw ventured to Rensselaer Park Elementary School in Lansingburgh for their Literacy Day, visiting a few different classrooms while he was there.

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Mr. Proper’s 5th grade class

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Lastly, America’s Food Basket opened a new grocery store, the “Ideal Food Basket,” at 100 Broadway in Menands, and SouthPaw was there for the grand opening!

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Front Office Friday: Beyond the calculator with accountant Dan

We’re one week closer to Opening Day at “The Joe!” The countdown is officially 70 days, or 10 weeks if you like to think smaller numbers!

We’re back with our Front Office Friday feature and today we introduce you to our staff accountant Dan LaLonde. Dan was raised in Lake Pleasant, N.Y., and spent the 2013 summer interning in the ValleyCats ticket office. Dan came on board full-time in the accounting role after the season and has been a tremendous addition to the team.

Staff Accountant Dan LaLonde can be seen towering over the field at “The Joe” this summer!

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2008. After graduating, Dan moved to Boston where he worked in real estate for three years. He decided to return to school and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University in 2013.

Dan spends much of his free-time playing sports, particularly basketball, which makes sense as he is the tallest person in the office at 6-foot-5. He also enjoys following his favorite Boston-area teams – although, you’ll find out just a few lines down which NFL team he roots for (Hint: not the Patriots). Though he currently lives in Green Island with his beloved roommate Chris Dawson, Dan also enjoys spending time with his friends and family back home in the Adirondacks.

Here’s a little more info on Dan … Enjoy!

Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) Probably something simple, like being a lawyer or a doctor.

Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) Probably football and my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers

Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) My favorite activity is playing basketball, but I also love kicking my feet up and watching movies and sports for hours on end.

Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) Billy Joel should be his own genre, so I’ll say: Billy Joel

Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) Sushi in general, but if we are being specific: A spicy salmon, tuna and yellowtail roll with miso soup and a salad.

Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) I am allergic to everything that could reasonably be considered a pet except for goldfish, so: A goldfish.

Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) Independence Day. Because, America.

Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) Definitely not the time I struck out three times in last year’s Staff-Intern baseball game, so I’d probably go with Ryan Dineen’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning last July.

Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) I would take Mike Trout’s super powers and be him.

Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) Did I mention that I struck out three times in last year’s Staff-Intern game? I would play: Left Out

Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky & Michael Scott

Dan is a ValleyCat “Fan For Life,” and a tall one at that!

Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) It’s a tie between Pedro Martinez and Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn

Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Bill Murray

Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) Buy an island… and a season-suite to the ValleyCats!

Thanks for all you do, Dan! If you see the big guy roaming the concourse this summer, give him a high five … just be prepared because you may have to jump!

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