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First Sunday Funday 2016

The first ValleyCats Sunday Funday of the 2016 season was an awesome day of recreation and relaxation! Over 3,500 people made it to “The Joe,” and many participated in the pregame festivities!

Gates opened for fans at 3 p.m., with our Summer Reading Program beginning at 3:30. Shortstop Alex DeGoti and outfielder Ronnie Dawson read Curious George Home Run to a group of excited youngsters! After the summer reading, families enjoyed a pregame on field catch.

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Prior to the game, four different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including our 2016 Fan of the Year Sarah Hamilton.

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Luke McNamee performed the national anthem on the saxophone, delivering a beautiful rendition following the ceremonial first pitches.

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Then the ‘Cats played, winning the game versus the visiting Batavia Muckdogs, 9-8, in a back-and-forth battle that saw 22 hits combined, including a five-run inning from each team. Outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked two home runs, plating five RBI, and walked twice.

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As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Saturday night Sebastian Kessay and Jake Rogers signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked. After fans received their autographs, we had the first “Kids Run the Bases” of the season!

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Sponsors at the game included John Rays & Sons, who brought their Komen for the Cure truck, Shmaltz Brewing, Camp Givah, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Schenectady Jewish Community Center, and St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Care Center.

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The ValleyCats continue the home stand tonight with the game two of the series against the Batavia Muckdogs! It is Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night and Dallas Keuchel Bobblehead giveaway! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Star Wars Night 2016!

Star Wars Night presented by Dave & Buster’s was an intergalactic shindig! We sold out “The Joe,” with over 5,200 people attending the game, and many dressed in their Star Wars gear!

Many fans dressed in their best Star Wars gear, including this family with Kylo Ren!

Many fans dressed in their best Star Wars gear, including this family with Kylo Ren!

Darth Vader, R2D2, a Stormtrooper and a few other characters from the 501st Legion greeted fans, taking photos with those who asked.

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CDPHP also presented a big-check donation to the American Heart Association, totaling over $1,300.

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Prior to the game, four different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including representatives from the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State, Dave & Buster’s, Quinn of PYX 106, and Jason Soranno of Regeneron.

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Jayda Chance, a 2016 ValleyCats anthem contest finalist, delivered a beautiful rendition of the national anthem following the ceremonial first pitches.

Jayda Chance sang the national anthem before the game, and it was amazing!

Jayda Chance sang the national anthem before the game, and it was amazing!

Then the ‘Cats played, losing the game versus the visiting Connecticut Tigers, 4-3, after a tough top of the ninth inning that saw a ball bounce off first base, leading to the go-ahead runs.

Shortstop Alex DeGoti had two RBI, a hit, and two walks in the 'Cats 4-3 lose to the visiting Connecticut Tigers.

Shortstop Alex DeGoti had two RBI, a hit, and two walks in the ‘Cats 4-3 loss to the visiting Connecticut Tigers.

After the game, fans were treated to a postgame fireworks extravaganza presented by Market 32!

The postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32 sent fans home happy even though the 'Cats lost the game.

The postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32 sent fans home happy even though the ‘Cats lost the game.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Saturday night Chuckie Robinson and Spencer Johnson signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Spencer Johnson (left) and Chuckie Robinson (right) signed autographs at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table for happy fans!

Spencer Johnson (left) and Chuckie Robinson (right) signed autographs at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table for happy fans!

Sponsors at the game included Keeler Mini, Dave & Busters, the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State, New York Life, and CLYNK.

The ValleyCats continue the home stand with the series opener against the Batavia Muckdogs this evening with Sunday Funday! First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Down on the Farm: “Joe to the Show” Night 2016

Down on the Farm: “Joe to the Show” Night presented by Rensselaer County Farm Bureau was a great night of agriculture! Over 3,300 fans made it to “The Joe” and many dressed the part! A short rain delay did not deter fans from showing their farm soul!

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Tractors and goats provided by the Rensselaer County Farm Bureau greeted fans as they entered the stadium, with many stopping to pet the animals!

A pair of goats greeted fans as they entered "The Joe!"

A pair of goats greeted fans as they entered “The Joe!”

Prior to the game, six different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York, Buddy Caruso, namesake of Buddy’s Grill, Tim Marbot President of the Rensselaer County Farm Bureau, Max Depalma and Zack Crisafully, and Andrew Kirk.

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Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Mark Quandt was one of six people to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Mark Quandt was one of six people to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

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Our baseball buddies for evening were the Poughkeepsie Lightning and the Alley Cats Soccer club.

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Ciera McDonald sang a wonderful rendition of the national anthem following the ceremonial first pitches.

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Then the ‘Cats played, and won the game versus the visiting Connecticut Tigers 10-2, led by Randy Cesar, who went 4-4 on the night with two RBI and three runs scored, reaching base in all five plate appearances.

Randy Cesar went 4-4, including a triple, with two RBI and three runs scored, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.

Randy Cesar went 4-4, including a triple, with two RBI and three runs scored, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances.

We also recognized the Alley Cats, who amassed over 60 wins playing teams that were 2 years older than them, during the seventh inning stretch!7 15 16 ALLEYCATS SOCCER

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Friday night Chuckie Robinson and Erasmo Pinales signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Sponsors at the game included NYSTEC, STRIDE Adaptive Sports, Nine Pin Cider, CLYNK, Lucky Strike, Where Smiles Grow, and the Rensselaer County Farm Bureau. 7 15 16 FARM BUREAU

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The ValleyCats finish the series with the Tigers tonight with Star Wars Night! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Christmas in July 2016!

Christmas in July presented by U.S. Army was a summer wonderland! Over 4,000 fans made it to “The Joe” and many wore festive apparel! A little pregame rain did not deter fans from showing their Christmas spirit!

Santa and his elf Buddy.

Santa and his elf Buddy.

Barb Bowers, a ValleyCats season ticket holder, was our festive fan of the night!

Barb Bowers, a ValleyCats season ticket holder, was our festive fan of the night!

Santa Claus greeted fans as they entered the gates, taking photos with those who were on his nice list! Santa even had one of his elves at the game!

Santa Claus with one of the ValleyCats younger fans.

Santa Claus with one of the ValleyCats younger fans.

Prior to the game, four different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and his son Michael, Joe Gallagher of WGY News Radio, as well as representatives from GE Ventures, and the U.S. Army. Santa Claus threw out a first pitch, too! Santa’s catcher was his elf helper Buddy! All threw strikes!

The U.S. Army representative throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

The U.S. Army representative throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and his Son Michael, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch!

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and his Son Michael, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch!

Joe Gallagher of WGY News Radio throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

Joe Gallagher of WGY News Radio throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

The GE Ventures representative throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

The GE Ventures representative throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

Santa Clause throwing out the first pitch to his elf Buddy!

Santa Clause throwing out the first pitch to his elf Buddy!

Rich Gervais delivered an amazing performance of the national anthem following the ceremonial first pitches.

Rich Gervais sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

Rich Gervais sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

Then the ‘Cats played and won the game versus the visiting Connecticut Tigers 2-0, lead by a two-run home run off the bat of right fielder Ronnie Dawson. It was a quick game, lasting just over two hours.

Right fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a two-run home run over the right field wall, leading the ValleyCats to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Connecticut Tigers.

Right fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a two-run home run over the right field wall, leading the ValleyCats to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Connecticut Tigers.

Following the on-field show, there was a fireworks extravaganza presented by Market 32!

Fans were treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32!

Fans were treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32!

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Thursday night Spencer Johnson and Edgardo Sandoval signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Spencer Johnson and Edgardo Sandoval signed for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

Spencer Johnson and Edgardo Sandoval signed for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

Sponsors at the game included Bellevue Builders, Albany Bar Association, U.S. Army, Salvation Army, New York Life, Bath Fitter, and UAlbany Athletics.

The U.S. Army had an inflatable mascot walking around "The Joe" during the game, visiting with fans!

The U.S. Army had an inflatable mascot walking around “The Joe” during the game, visiting with fans!

The ValleyCats continue the series with the Tigers tonight with Down on the Farm: “Joe to the Show” Night! It is also part three of the All-Time Team Card Set Giveaway presented by National Grid! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Bark in the Park: July 6, 2016

Bark in the Park, with the postgame “bark around the bases,” presented by 4 Paws Veterinary Care was pawsome! Over 3,300 fans made it to “The Joe” and many brought their four-legged friends!

A pair of ValleyCats fans with their humans!

A pair of ValleyCats fans with their humans!

A pair of 'Cats fans with their furry friend!

A pair of ‘Cats fans with their furry friend!

Some ValleyCats fans enjoying the picnic area with their pooch!

Some ValleyCats fans enjoying the picnic area with their pooch!

Prior to the game, Dr. Lorna White of 4 Paws Veterinary Care and Shanna Rose from 99.5 The River threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire. Both threw strikes!

Dr. White brought her four-legged friend CC to the mound to help throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dr. White brought her four-legged friend CC to the mound to help throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Mehendalson Club delivered a wonderful group performance of the national anthem after the ceremonial first pitches.

The Mehendalson gentlemen sang a great rendition of the national anthem.

The Mehendalson gentlemen sang a great rendition of the national anthem.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Wednesday night Kevin Martir and Luis Ramirez signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Sponsors at the game included 4 Paws Veterinary Care, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Capitaland Vet, Out of the Pits, Parkside Veterinary Hospital, Oakwood & Boght Veterinary Clinics, East Greenbush Animal Hospital, Hudson Rail Road Puppy, Pets Spas & Suites, Farmers Insurance, and the U.S. Army.

The ValleyCats return to “The Joe” on July 14, hosting the Connecticut Tigers, for Christmas in July, beginning a six-game home stand! Get your tickets at tcvalleycats.com, by calling (518) 629-2287, or walk up to our box office!

Mardi Gras Night / Glow in the Park Night: July 5, 2016

Fat Tuesday: Mardi Gras Night with the ‘Cats / Glow in the Park Night had the good times rolling! Over 3,300 fans made it to “The Joe” with many dressed in themed attire!

A pair of the many fans dressed in Mardi Gras attire!

A pair of the many fans dressed in Mardi Gras attire!

As part of our Tunes for Tuesday lineup, Brass-O-Mania provided pregame entertainment for fans in front of the Brown’s Brewery kiosk from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Brass-O-Mania provided the Tunes for Tuesday in front of the Brown's kiosk.

Brass-O-Mania provided the Tunes for Tuesday in front of the Brown’s kiosk.

Prior to the game, Phil Fitzpatrick, Executive Chef of Century House, and Brennan Thomas, a first pitch raffle winner, threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw and Ribbie working as the umpires. Both threw strikes!

Raffle winner Brennan Thomas threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Charlie with Ribbie serving as the umpire.

Raffle winner Brennan Thomas threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Charlie with Ribbie serving as the umpire! 

Phil Fitzpatrick, Executive Chef of the Century House,  threw out a ceremonial first pitch with SouthPaw serving as the umpire!

Phil Fitzpatrick, Executive Chef of the Century House, threw out a ceremonial first pitch with SouthPaw serving as the umpire!

Kelli Trippany delivered a beautiful performance of the national anthem, following the ceremonial first pitches.

Kelli Trippany sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Kelli Trippany sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

After the 12 inning affair ended, fans were treated to a fireworks spectacular presented by Market 32! Simultaneously, fans cracked their glow sticks, lighting up the park while the fireworks went off!

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Monday night Howie Brey and Randy Cesar signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Dave & Buster’s was the lone sponsor at the game.

The ‘Cats finish the home stand versus the State College Spikes today with Bark in the Park! Be sure to stick around for the postgame “Bark around the Bases” presented by 4 Paws Veterinary Care!

Tickets for the home stand finale are available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Independence Day presented by Combined Insurance

Independence Day presented by Combined Insurance turned out to be a beautiful celebration of our nation’s freedom! Over 5,900 fans attended the sold-out game with many dressed in patriotic attire!

One of the ValleyCats patriotic season ticket holder couples!

A couple of the patriotic ValleyCats season ticket holder!

 

Many fans were dressed in patriotic gear for the Independence Day game at "The Joe!"

Many fans were dressed in patriotic gear for the Independence Day game at “The Joe!”

Prior to the game, Kristal Coloney, Territory Manager for Combined Insurance, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire. Kristal threw a strike!

Kristal Coloney, Territory Manager for Combined Insurance, threw a strike on her Fourth of July ceremonial first pitch!

Kristal Coloney, Territory Manager for Combined Insurance, threw a strike on her Fourth of July ceremonial first pitch!

Then Sophia Pasinella, daughter of Rensselaer County IDA Director Robert Pasinella, sang a wonderful rendition of the national anthem.

Sponsors at the game included Combined Insurance and Upstate Ford.

To celebrate Fourth of July properly, a more than 15 minute fireworks show presented by Market 32 lit up “The Joe!”

For more than 15 minutes, fireworks presented by Market 32 illuminated the sky above "The Joe!"

For more than 15 minutes, fireworks presented by Market 32 illuminated the sky above “The Joe!”

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Monday night Carmen Benedetti and Nick Hernandez signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

The ‘Cats continue the home stand versus the State College Spikes today with Mardi Gras Night! Be sure to stick around for the postgame fireworks presented by Market 32!

If you weren’t able to join us for the Fourth, tickets for the rest of the home stand are available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

The first base concession staff sported patriotic attire for Independence Day!

The first base concession staff sported patriotic attire for Independence Day!

 

Carmen Benedetti, Dylan James, Jake Rogers, and Ryan Hartman were excited to be at "The Joe!" in front of a sold out crowd.

Carmen Benedetti, Dylan James, Jake Rogers, and Ryan Hartman were excited to be at “The Joe!” in front of a sold out crowd.

Veterans / Military Appreciation Night: June 30

Veterans / Military Appreciation Night presented by CSEA was a resounding success. Over 4,400 fans attended the game with many former and current military personnel joining us!ARMY VETS IN THE STANDS

Pregame entertainment included the Yankee Doodle Band of Rensselaer, and a parade by the Patriot Guard Riders!

Pregame entertainment for Veterans / Military Appreciation Night included the Yankee Doodle Band who played in front of "The Joe!"

Pregame entertainment for Veterans / Military Appreciation Night included the Yankee Doodle Band who played in front of “The Joe!”

The Patriot Guard Riders cruised around the warning track for a pregame parade before stopping around the plate and in front of both dugouts as part of the national anthem festivities.

The Patriot Guard Riders cruised around the warning track for a pregame parade before stopping around the plate and in front of both dugouts as part of the national anthem festivities.

Prior to the game, two people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Petty Officer First Class Leslie Fleury and Anthony Cordero, representing CSEA. Both threw strikes!

Petty Officer First Class Leslie Fleury threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Veterans / Military Appreciation Night!

Petty Officer First Class Leslie Fleury threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Veterans / Military Appreciation Night!

Then Army Veteran Shawn Morgan sang the national anthem, delivering a spectacular performance.

Army Veteran Shawn Morgan deliver an amazing national anthem performance on Veterans / Military Appreciation Night!

Army Veteran Shawn Morgan delivered an amazing national anthem performance on Veterans / Military Appreciation Night!

Sponsors at the game included Upstate Ford, STRIDE Adaptive Sports, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Stars For Our Troops, and Lucky Strike.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Thursday night Brauly Mejia and Sean Stutzman signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

The ‘Cats finish return home Monday, July 4, hosting the State College Spikes through July 6. Postgame firework shows are scheduled Monday and Tuesday! Monday is Independence Day presented by Combined Insurance, with limited tickets available!

If you can’t join us for the Fourth, tickets for the rest of the home stand are available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Promotional Recap June 29

The Tri-City ValleyCats played the first doubleheader of the season, following a rainout on Tuesday, June 28. The two were seven inning affairs.

Both games were themed “A League of Their Own: Softball Night!”, which turned out successfully even though the ‘Cats lost twice to the visiting Williamsport Crosscutters. Over 4,800 fans attended with at handful of youth softball organizations making their way to “The Joe!”

Prior to the game, three different people threw out a first pitch to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Nehemiah Sickles from Wolberg Electrical Supply, plus representatives from Albany Braces and Gallivan. The three threw strikes!

Nehemiah Sickles from Wolberg Electrical Supply was one of three ceremonial first pitch participants.

Nehemiah Sickles from Wolberg Electrical Supply was one of three ceremonial first pitch participants.

Then the Capitaland Chorus sang the national anthem, delivering a beautiful performance.

Capitaland Chorus sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

Capitaland Chorus sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

Postgame, fans were treated to a fireworks show presented by Market 32.

Sponsors at the game included Gallivan Corporation, Albany Braces, Safe Inc. of Schenectady, Dave & Buster’s, Frozen Ropes, New York Life, and AT&T.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table. Wednesday night Rodrigo Ayarza and Enrique Chavez signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked.

Enrique Chavez and Rodrigo Ayarza signing at the Mohawk Honda Autograph table for fans.

Enrique Chavez and Rodrigo Ayarza signing at the Mohawk Honda Autograph table for fans.

The ‘Cats finish the home stand versus the Crosscutters tomorrow June 30, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday night is Veterans / Military Appreciation Night presented by CSEA! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Promotional Recap June 24

The Tri-City ValleyCats “For the Love of the Game: Youth Baseball Night” presented by Blueshield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets turned out successfully! Over 4,600 fans attended the game along with at least 10 youth baseball organizations, meaning “The Joe!” was sold-out!

Prior to the game, representatives from Guilderland Little League, Nassau Baseball Association, and Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League were on field to recognize the “4 in 24” field renovations undertaken by the ValleyCats in April.

Little Leaguers from all over the Capital Region made it to "The Joe!"

Little Leaguers from all over the Capital Region made it to “The Joe!”

Then the Electric City Chorus sang the national anthem, delivering a beautiful a cappella performance.

The Electric City Chorus performed an amazing a cappella version of the national anthem.

The Electric City Chorus performed an amazing a cappella version of the national anthem.

Seven different people threw out a first pitch to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including birthday celebrants Daniel Matot and Dan Fariello, and representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Capital Region New York, BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Hannaford Supermarkets and American Little League. All threw strikes!

One of the seven people who threw out a first pitch.

One of the seven people who threw out a first pitch.

Sponsors at the game included BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Hannaford Supermarkets, Dave & Buster’s, All Stars Academy, Frozen Ropes, New York Life, CLYNK, and Where Smiles Grow.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans. Friday night Kolbey Carpenter and Dylan James signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

Infielder Kolbey Carpenter and Right Handed Pitcher Dylan James signing autographs for adoring fans.

Infielder Kolbey Carpenter and Right Handed Pitcher Dylan James signing autographs for adoring fans.

The ‘Cats return to “The Joe!” for a three-game home stand versus the Williamsport Crosscutters on Tuesday June, 28, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night is Irish Night / Going Green Night presented by National Grid! There will be a pregame concert from Hair of the Dog, as well as drink and dinner specials! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Promotional Recap June 23

The Tri-City ValleyCats Superheroes Night presented by Maria College of Albany had the ‘Cats wearing jerseys in homage of the Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson version of Batman, which debuted on this date 27 years ago! Over 4,200 fans attended the game with many decked out in their own superhero costumes!

Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman made their way to "The Joe!" for Superheroes Night!

Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman made their way to “The Joe!” for Superheroes Night!

Prior to the game, the voice of the ValleyCats, Peter Fiorentino, talked with Fred Erlich from Living Resources, who detailed all the amazing services the organization provides.

Fred Erlich of Living Resources detailed the services the organization provides in a pregame interview with ValleyCats broadcaster Peter Fiorentino.

Fred Erlich of Living Resources detailed the services the organization provides in a pregame interview with ValleyCats broadcaster Peter Fiorentino.

Alanna, also from Living Resources, sang the national anthem, delivering a beautiful performance. Then, in the middle of the seventh inning, Alanna sang God Bless America with keyboard support from John, who is also from Living Resources.

Alanna of Living Resources sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

Alanna of Living Resources sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

Six different people threw out the first pitch to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Gerritt Dollard, our Fan February Winner, Nathanael Crachi, who celebrated his bachelor party with the ValleyCats, Fred Erlich of Living Resources, Ron Dyess of Maria College, Carter Englund, and Marianne, who is part of the Columbia High School Exchange Program. All threw strikes!

Marianna from the Columbia High School Exchange Program threw one right down the middle to Charlie, the ValleyCats bat boy.

Marianne from the Columbia High School Exchange Program threw one right down the middle to Charlie, the ValleyCats bat boy.

Sponsors at the game included SUNY Geneseo, La Salle Institute, Maria College, and Living Resources.

Postgame, fans were treated to a fireworks show presented by Market 32!

Fans were treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32.

Fans were treated to a postgame fireworks show presented by Market 32.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans at the conclusion of the fireworks show. Thursday night Ben Smith and Alex DeGoti signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

The ‘Cats continue the home stand versus the Vermont Lake Monsters tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tomorrow night is “For the Love of the Game: Youth Baseball Night” presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets! Tickets are still available via tcvalleycats.com, (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Promotional Recap June 22

The Tri-City ValleyCats 50 Cent Hot Dog Night presented by Helmbold’s Hot Dogs / Old World Provisions of Troy went well with at least 4,000 hot dogs being sold! Plus, over 3,800 fans attended the game! But we did have some hot dogs protesting the promotion!

A group of hot dogs protesting 50 cent hot dog night!

A group of hot dogs protesting 50 cent hot dog night!

Prior to the game, the voice of the ValleyCats, Peter Fiorentino, broke down the recent road trip for the fans in attendance. Then a spokesperson from Old World Provisions explained and detailed the relationship between Helmbold’s and the ValleyCats.

The national anthem was sung by Nick Contois, who delivered a wonderful rendition.

Nick Contois delivered a great performance during the national anthem.

Nick Contois delivered a great performance during the national anthem.

Seven different folks threw out the first pitch to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Don Fane of Callanan Industries, Andrew Bub, representatives from The Business Council of New York State, Albany County Office of the Executive, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. All threw strikes!

One of the seven first pitch participants from Wednesday night!

One of the seven first pitch participants from Wednesday night!

Sponsors at the game included Callanan Industries, the New York State Public Employee Federation, the Business Council of New York State, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, and AT&T.

A trio of representatives from the Business Council of New York State.

A trio of representatives from the Business Council of New York State.

As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans postgame. Wednesday night Ronnie Dawson and Dustin Hunt signed for patient and adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

Ronnie Dawson and Dustin Hunt posing with the younger generation of ValleyCats fans.

Ronnie Dawson and Dustin Hunt posing with the younger generation of ValleyCats fans.

The ‘Cats continue the home stand versus the Vermont Lake Monsters tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Tomorrow night is Superheroes night! All fans attending are encouraged to wear a costume or outfit supporting their favorite superhero! The ‘Cats are wearing superhero themed jerseys, which will be auctioned postgame!

Game Two Promotional Recap

The Tri-City ValleyCats Summer of Love – 60s Night turned out successfully! Over 4,500 tickets were sold!

Prior to the game, fans 21 years and older had the opportunity to participate in a beer tasting named Hops & Hits. For those who purchased tickets to the event, they received a ValleyCats hat and a Hops & Hits custom t-shirt!

Lydia Murphy, a national anthem singer contest finalist from the Crossgates Mall anthem tryouts, sang a beautiful performance for the crowd.

Crossgates anthem finalist Lydia Murphy singing prior to Saturday's night game.

Anthem finalist Lydia Murphy singing prior to Saturday’s night game.

Three different folks threw out the first pitch to the ‘Cats bat boy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Emily Gates, Sean Forbes and a Ravena High School representative. All three threw strikes!

During the middle of first inning, Emily Gates and Joseph Goyette, who celebrated their birthdays with us at “The Joe,” participated in the CDPHP Birthday Race with SouthPaw!

Emily Gates taking the lead over Joseph Goyette and SouthPaw during the CDPHP Birthday Race!

Emily Gates taking the lead over Joseph Goyette and SouthPaw during the CDPHP Birthday Race!

Sponsors at the game included Transfinder, Dave & Buster’s, New York Life, Wells Fargo, Solar City and Cooley Motors.

At the end of the fourth inning, the Cabot Creamery Inflatable Cow Toss took place with four fans taking home their very own inflatable cow!

Four lucky fans took home inflatable cows!

Four lucky fans took home inflatable cows!

In the middle of the sixth inning, the H&V Collision Center Mayors Race took place, and Schenectady Mayor McCarthy made a comeback to win the race!

Troy Mayor Madden winning the H&V Collisions Mayors Race!

Following the game, fans were treated to postgame fireworks presented by Market 32!! As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans postgame. Saturday night Akeem Bostick and Taylor Jones signed for a few hundred adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.

The ‘Cats return home Wednesday to host the Vermont Lake Monsters for 50 Cent Hot Dog Night presented by Helmbold’s Hot Dogs! Hot dogs are just 50 cents all night, while supplies last! First pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Get your tickets now!>>

2016 Opening Night Promotional Recap

The Tri-City ValleyCats Opening Night presented by the Rensselaer County Department of Health turned out as a success. Over 4,500 ‘Cats fans attended, meaning “The Joe!” sold out for Opening Night!

Giveaways included the first part of the All-Time Team Card Set presented by National Grid, which was handed to the first 1,500 fans through the gates. Plus, all fans received a 2016 schedule magnet presented by the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

Prior to the game, Homemade provided musical entertainment to fans waiting to enter outside the front gate. Laura Haney, the national anthem singer contest winner from Crossgates Mall, sang a beautiful rendition for the sold out crowd.

Joe Bruno, whom “The Joe!” is named after, threw out the first pitch to the ‘Cats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire. It was a strike! Right before the ceremonial pitch, ValleyCats owner Bill Gladstone spoke to the fans, providing inspirational words to begin the 2016 season.

A group of little league ValleyCats made the trip all the way from the Burbank area of Southern California to watch Opening Night! The team met SouthPaw as they were introduced to the crowd!

We also had fans from the other side of the Atlantic! A group from Germany made their way into “The Joe!” and met SouthPaw!

Then the ‘Cats took the field and played excellent. The team scored 13 runs on 14 hits, facing six Connecticut Tigers pitchers. ‘Cats pitchers Akeem Bostick and Sebastian Kessay combined to allow one run on six hits, leading the team to a 13-1 victory.

Sponsors at the game included Transfinder, Frozen Ropes, UP17, New York Life, Rensselaer County Department of Health, Where Smiles Grow, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

Fans were treated to postgame fireworks presented by Market 32, which was a nearly 30-minute show! As is routine for ‘Cats home games, two players signed autographs for fans postgame. Last night Brett Adcock and Jake Rogers signed for a few hundred adoring fans, taking photos with those who asked at the Mohawk Honda Autograph Table.  Game two is tonight, June 18, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. against the visiting Connecticut Tigers.  ADCOCK ROGERS MOHAWK AUTO TABLE

LAURA HANEY ANTHEM SINGER

Laura Haney sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. Ms. Haney is the national anthem contest winner from Crossgates Mall.

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Education Day 2016 – Promotional Recap

For most students in the Capital Region, classes ended within the last two weeks. To start the summer with fun ways to connect baseball and the STEM program, the ValleyCats partnered Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Noble Gas Solutions, Transfinder and SI Group for the third annual Education Day exhibition game.EDUCATION DAY BOARD

Roughly 25 schools and about 4,000 fans attended the game against the Albany Dutchmen of the Perfect Game League (a summer league for collegiate players) in the game between the two squads at “The Joe!”
GROUP FAN PIC 3B SIDE
REGENERON TABLE
REGENERON BOARD PIC

Students helped SouthPaw calculate the amount of money spent on baseballs per game, amount of soda consumed by Ribbie and SouthPaw, distance travelled in a cycle, geography of the NY-Penn League and materials needed in the construction of “The Joe!”
The schools also learned about character development by joining Kristina Lachaga, Sammy Baseball, SouthPaw and friends in taking an anti-bullying peace pledge before the game. Ms. Lachaga also explained the effects of bullying and why it is necessary to speak up. Students also had an opportunity to sign the ‘Cats Peace Pledge, which will be displayed at the stadium throughout the summer.

Kristina Lachaga signing the peace pledge during the ValleyCats versus Albany Dutchmen Education Day exhibition game.

Kristina Lachaga signing the peace pledge during the ValleyCats versus Albany Dutchmen Education Day exhibition game.

While a day of baseball is always fun, it wouldn’t be a ValleyCats game without the in-between inning events. Students were randomly selected to participate in on field games like the T-Shirt toss, Spiedie’s Chicken Challenge, inflatable cow pass, Pony Hops and more!
After a great day of learning and baseball, the ValleyCats are ready to kick off the regular season June 17th vs. the Connecticut Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. with gates set to open at 6 p.m., and limited tickets are still available!

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