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The ‘Cats kicked off a crucial three-game set against the Brooklyn Cyclones at ” The Joe” on Labor Day!

After giving up an early run, Kyle Westwood dominated scattering three hits over seven strong innings. The bats came alive with a big eighth inning rally. Tyler White led the way with three hits including the game winning R.B.I. double. 20130902_cats_vs_cyclones-1082 20130825_cats_vs_yankees-1241

The ValleyCats lead is now 1.5 games and they have a chance to clinch the Stedler Division with a win tonight! Evan Grills is on the mound as we get an early start on the Oktoberfest festivities. Tonight’s game is a 6:00 PM start and tickets are available here:  http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t577

Labor Day also marked our 2nd annual celebration of the Capital Region’s Biggest BBQ with two separate buffets taking place in the Picnic Pavilion and at the Top of the Hill.

The BBQ theme featured some backyard-style competitions including a wiffle ball home run derby, with the finals taking place on the field. Congratulations to Zachary Mackey who won the derby and earned a ceremonial first pitch!

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Our friends from Fresh Brewed provided the entertainment with a great set of blues and classic rock on the concourse.

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Kids ran the bases following the game to complete the Sunday Funday feel on Labor Day.

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Preview: Final regular season homestand

The ValleyCats return home on Labor Day to take on the New York Mets affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones from 9/2 – 9/4. The ‘Cats are making a push to reach the playoffs for the 2nd straight season!

Monday, September 2- @5pm  POSTGAME FIREWORKS!

  • Labor Day at “The Joe!”
    Spend your day off with friends and family enjoying the fun and excitement of ValleyCats baseball!
  • Capital Region’s Biggest BBQ! (3:00pm – 5:00pm)
    Join us for an all-you-can eat BBQ dinner from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at either our Picnic Pavilion or Top of the Hill Bar & Grill! Starting at $20, entrance includes a one-hour pregame all-you-can-eat buffet and a reserved box seat for the game. Will be sold individually or as a group. (pending availability) FULL DETAILS / PURCHASE TICKETS>>
  • Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby!
    Want to be part of our wiffle ball home run derby? We’ll be taking registration for participants beginning at 3pm at the softball field beyond the right field fence. The final round of the derby will take place on the field prior to the game!
  • Pregame Concert by The Fresh Brewed Band!
    Enjoy LIVE music performed by The Fresh Brewed Band from 3:30pm – 4:30pm!
  • 4pm: Pregame catch on the field!
    All kids and their parent/guardian will be allowed on the field from 4-4:15 for a pregame catch!
  • Postgame Kids Run the Bases!Following the game, all kids will get the chance to run the bases!
  • Postgame FIREWORKS!Enjoy a spectacular postgame fireworks display courtesy of Price Chopper!

Tuesday, September 3- @6pm (Gates open at 4:30)

  • Brats, Beer & Baseball!Join us for our own German festival at the ballpark!

  • Oktoberfest Celebration: $20 Ticket & Dinner Package!Enjoy an Oktoberfest dinner beginning at 4:30pm with a menu that includes brats, mini potato pancakes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, pretzels and peanuts! Also receive three 12 oz. beer tickets to enjoy a great selection of craft beers that includes Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Lake Placid Brewery, Peak, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Saratoga, Long Trail, Shed, Switchback and Founders! You will also receive a Reserved Box ticket to enjoy the game! FULL DETAILS / ORDER TICKETS>>
  • College Student 2-for-1 Ticket Special!
    Show your college ID at the box office to receive a FREE ticket with the purchase of another at equal or lesser value.
  • Pregame LIVE music!
    From 4:30pm – 5:30pm there will be LIVE music next to the Brown’s Beer Stand.
  • Two For Tuesday!
    Enjoy 2-for-1 beer specials! (Excludes Brown’s and import beers)

Wednesday, September 4- @6pm  POSTGAME FIREWORKS!

  • Fans for Life Night!
    We pay tribute to our fans, the best fans! Tons of giveaways all night long!
  • New York Lottery Take 5 Coupon Giveaway
    The first 500 adults through the gates will receive a buy one get one Take 5 drawing coupon.
  • FINAL FIREWORKS SHOW OF THE SEASON!Enjoy one final spectacular postgame fireworks display of the 2013 season, courtesy of Price Chopper!

Why Sunday is a must-win for the ‘Cats

Forget the fact that the ‘Cats had a four game lead over the Lowell Spinners and are now sitting in second place, a half a game behind. Forget the fact that the ‘Cats have lost five games in-a-row. Tonight, more than any game played this season, is the night that the ‘Cats need a victory. They need to put the past behind them and look at the big picture.

Yes, mathematically the ‘Cats can still reach the playoffs if they happen to lose tonight and fall 1.5 games behind. Can they afford that? Not a chance.

Following the game tonight, the ‘Cats return to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Monday for the final series of the regular season, a three-game set with the Brooklyn Cyclones. If the ‘Cats enter that series 1.5 games behind Lowell, they will need to win at least two of three from the Cyclones, and hope the Spinners lose two of three from the IronBirds in Aberdeen. That’s hardly the situation you want to present itself.

The IronBirds & Cyclones are also battling for the McNamara Division title, and a berth into the playoffs, so both of those teams will be fighting to keep their season alive.

Let’s now turn to the flipside. If the ValleyCats beat the Spinners in Lowell tonight and come back to Troy in first place with a 1/2 game lead, they will then control their own destiny. At the very worst, they will need to match Lowell’s results in Aberdeen. That’s a much better situation to be in.

Tonight, the ‘Cats have an ace in the hole, literally, in starting pitcher and league ERA leader Michael Feliz. Feliz will need to shut down the Spinners and give the ‘Cats offense a chance to score some runs and take the first lead. They can’t afford to fall behind, as the offense is already tense as it is, and they don’t need that to increase by falling behind, putting more pressure on them.

The ‘Cats defense and baserunning will also have to help out Feliz by not committing any errors or mental mistakes. Over the course of the past five days, there has been a lot of that, and they can’t afford it tonight.

Another thing to consider, who will step up for the ‘Cats and be the vocal leader of the team? They need that person now, as desperately as they need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

‘Cats push towards the playoffs!

Last night the ‘Cats were defeated in Brooklyn 8-1, but still remain four games ahead of the Lowell Spinners for first place in the Stedler Division. The magic number for the ‘Cats to clinch the Stedler Division championship is now at six games, with 10 more left to play.

If the ‘Cats win the division, it will be their third divisional title in four years (’10, ’12, ’13).  Two of the remaining games will be played in Lowell against the Spinners on Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1.

Potential playoff tickets for games played at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium are now on-sale!

Tickets will be sold in 4-game packs (to cover all potential home playoff games) and also individually. Premium 4-game pack of playoff tickets will be $34.50, reserved will be $28.50, and grandstand will be $19.50. Single game tickets will be priced at $11.50, $9.50 & $6.50.

They will be available for purchase online at www.tcvalleycats.com, at the ValleyCats box office, or by phone at 518-629-CATS. ValleyCats plan holders will still be able to buy their seats or in close proximity to, until September 2.

Dates and times of 2013 potential playoff games at “The Joe” are still to be determined. If you purchase playoff tickets, and the game does not get played, we will issue you equal value ticket vouchers for the 2014 regular season.

Home Game A: Semi-Final Series BUY TICKETS>>

Home Game B: Semi-Final Series or Championship Series BUY TICKETS>>

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NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULEFri. Sep. 6: Game 1 (Semi-Final Series)Sat. Sep. 7: Game 2 (Semi-Final Series)

Sun. Sep. 8: Game 3 (Semi-Final Series) or OFF DAY

Mon. Sep. 9: OFF DAY or Game 1 (Championship Series)

Tue. Sep. 10: Game 1 (Championship Series) or Game 2 (Championship Series)

Wed. Sep. 11: Game 2 (Championship Series) or Game 3 (Championship Series)

Thu. Sep. 12: Game 3 (Championship Series)

Moustache Mania!

Things got a little hairy at “The Joe” on Saturday night as the ‘Cats attempted to set a new world record for the largest gathering of people wearing false moustaches.

The promotion was in honor of ValleyCats manager, Ed Romero, and his trademark moustache.
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Over 3,000 ‘staches were handed out at the gate as fans entered the stadium. Each one included special instructions on the timing and procedure to ensure that the bid was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
At the end of the 2nd inning, the announcement went out and fans throughout the ballpark applied their faux facial hair. Young and old participated including the ‘Cats players in support of their skipper.
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After tallying up the participants, the ValleyCats have set a new world record with an unofficial count of 2,665! Congratulations to the fans and thank you everyone for your participation!
Monolith Solar was in the house as tonight’s Game Sponsor. They provided information on how they can offer significant savings on your energy bills by taking advantage of this efficient, reliable, and secure clean energy. Visit their website at www.monolithsolar.com for more information on how they can help you save at home and at work.
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For your chance to win this golf cart, contact Monolith at 444-2044!
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Camden Segal and Emily DeMartino joined us for their rehearsal dinner as well as a first pitch. Congratulations and good luck with your wedding!
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On the field, the ‘Cats jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first. Jon Kemmer led the attack and finished a home run short of the cycle. Adam Nelubowich also provided a spark with two hits and two R.B.I.
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Evan Grills threw five strong innings for the win and Gonzalo Sanudo slammed the door for his fourth save since joining Tri-City.
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The ‘Cats look for the sweep on Sunday as they conclude this three game homestand. Join us for another Sunday Funday at “The Joe.” Gates open early for those participating in the Summer Reading Program and kids are invited to play catch on the field at 4:00 PM. Sunday is also Ladies Night Out with our annual post-game Diamond Dig presented by Don Cook Jewelers. Following the Diamond Dig, there will be fireworks presented by Price Chopper and of course a chance for all of the kids in attendance to run the bases. Don’t miss an action packed night at “The Joe!”

I Love New York Night at “The Joe!”

The first place ValleyCats returned to “The Joe” on Friday night as they welcomed the Staten Island Yankees.

The ‘Cats jumped out to a 9-0 lead with a third inning barrage that saw every member of the starting lineup cross the plate. D’Andre Toney, Tyler White, Conrad Gregor, and Tyler White each had two hits to pace the attack. Gregor had the biggest blow with a long home run in the 6th. Kyle Westwood was sharp in four innings of relief to earn the win.

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Tonight was also “I Love New York Night”/Home Improvement Night at the ballpark. Our friends from Trustco Bank were on hand with Trusty tossing out a ceremonial first pitch. They were also recognized as one of the co-champions in the Capital Region Series Tournament and received their trophy prior to the game

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There was even a blimp sighting above "The Joe" . . .

There was even a blimp sighting above “The Joe” . . .

Country True Value was in the house with a special presentation for Home Improvement Night.

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Country True Value’s Nick Gross with winner John Twomey and ‘Cats VP/GM, Rick Murphy

A number of our other partners helped give the concourse a home-show feel including:

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Davey Tree & Lawn Care

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Bath Fitter

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Huff N’ Puff

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Curtis Lumber

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Comfortex Window Fashions

Mayor Jennings grabbed some big air off the tarp but ended up in right field allowing Mayor McCarthy to take home the victory!

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Spiedie and Blue were up to their usual antics as well . . .

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The ‘Cats go for their third win in a row on the field and a new World Record in the stands. Join us as we try to establish the largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches ever! The first 3,000 fans through the gate will receive a fake mustache with the official attempt taking place in the 2nd inning! Tonight’s game is presented by Monolith Solar. Monolith is also providing free tickets for veterans. Those tickets can be claimed at the gate with a military ID.

Pregame Meal: Tuesday, August 20th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Aloha, ‘Cats fans! It’s Beach Party Island Night here at “The Joe” as the ValleyCats look to snap a two-game losing streak. Tonight is the final game of a quick two-game homestand against the Lake Monsters, before these two teams travel to Burlington for another two-gamer.

-With the loss last night, the ‘Cats fell half-a-game behind Lowell in the Stedler. There are 16 games left on the regular season for both teams, including tonight. There’s plenty of time for the ValleyCats to make up this tiny deficit, especially with the fact that the two teams play a two-game series in Lowell at the end of the month.

-A few roster moves to pass along. RHP Zachary Dando has been added to the roster from the GCL Astros. Tanner Bushue, who had been hit really, really hard of late, has been added to the 7-day DL. That could possibly explain his performance last night, when he was rocked for six runs in two innings.

-2010 ValleyCats RHP David Martinez was promoted today from Oklahoma City to Houston today, becoming the 29th former Tri-City player to make it to the bigs. Martinez is the third former ‘Cat in the past month to get a major league call-up, joining Jorge De Leon and Chia-Jen Lo. Congratulations to David!

-Despite the not-so-pretty-loss last night, the silver lining had to be the bullpen. After Bushue’s short outing, Randall Fant and Charles Basford combined to throw seven innings of one-run ball to keep the ‘Cats as close in the game as they could. They also kept most of the relievers fresh for tonight’s game, but I’m assuming Ed Romero isn’t planning on going to his ‘pen after two innings once again.

-Tomorrow, I head back to school at Syracuse, so tonight will be my final game. When I was offered the opportunity to come back again this season, I could barely contain my excitement because I love this job. Why do I love this job? Well, I get to follow a team with such a passionate fan base like the ValleyCat faithful. It has been an unforgettable summer for myself, and hopefully for you great folks as well. While it is exciting to get my senior year underway, it pains me to be leaving the team and the organization in the midst of a pennant race. If the ‘Cats make the postseason again, I will do all I can to make a return to Troy. In the meantime, Evan Valenti (@evanvalenti) will be taking over. Those familiar with Evan know that he is a pro’s pro, so the blog and the play-by-play side of things are in good hands with him.

Lineups

LF Toney

CF Ramsay

3B White

DH Martinez

1B Gregor

C Booth

RF Mitchell

2B Mayfield

SS Moon

RHP Thurman

Nightly Recap: Monday, August 19th

The ‘Cats were home on Monday for the first time in a week as they opened a quick two-game homestand against the Vermont Lake Monsters. The first 1,500 fans through the gates received a bobblehead of a CBS 6 News Anchor Greg Floyd, voted on by the fans during the Media Bobblehead Bracket Buster Tournament in March. Floyd represented Hannah’s Hope Fund, so Hannah bobbleheads were also handed out!

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Before the game, the ValleyCats presented Hannah, her family, and Greg with a check for $1, 500 dollars for the Hannah’s Hope Fund! Hannah also threw out a first pitch and sang an outstanding rendition of the national anthem!

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Greg Floyd also tossed a first pitch before Monday’s game got underway!

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The ‘Cats held another check presentation once the game got underway as part of the New York-Penn League Scholarship Fund. Brittnay Rose Egnot was the recipient of a $2, 500 check from the NYPL! Congrats to Brittnay!

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BlueShield, Nami, and Hannah’s Hope were all on hand with table set up throughout the stadium! We were glad to see so many reps from these groups on Monday!

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After Mayor McCarty took home the victory in the Mayors Race, the Tri-City mayors joined Sporty for an on-field performance of the Macarena!

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In the hot dog race, Ketchup, Mustard & Relish took off on foot in search of a win. Ultimately, it was Mustard who broke away from the pack to take first place!

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On the field, the ‘Cats dropped their second game in a row, as the Lake Monsters took the first game of the series, 7-2. Tanner Bushue was roughed up early, and the ‘Cats were down 6-0 after an inning and a half. Tyler White had two hits, and Ernesto Genoves scored a run, serving as bright spots for Tri-City offensively. Randall Fant pitched four strong innings in relief.

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The ‘Cats wrap up their two-game homestand tonight on Beach Party Island Night at The Joe! Break out your leis and flip flops and enjoy the action, including a Price Chopper Fireworks show after the final out! Berm seating still available by calling the stadium box office at 518-629-2287!

Nightly Recaps: Italian Night, Medieval Times & NFL Night

The ‘Cats wrapped up their last homestand with an exciting three game series against the Jamestown Jammers! The series kicked off last Friday, on Notte Italiana, or Italian Night! During the pregame ceremonies, we were joined on the field by a group of Italian Dancers, who wowed the crowd with their moves!

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The Exxon Mobil Super Tour made its stop in Troy on Friday as well! Mario and Luigi joined in on the fun with Mobil, who had many representatives and its mascot, Super Sam, on hand!

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On the field, the ‘Cats won their fifth straight game with a 10-4 win over Jamestown! Tyler White and Michael Martinez both hit homers for the ValleyCats, who scored 10 runs for the third time in four games! Tri-City improved to 31-21 with the victory.

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After the game, the sellout crowd witnessed a karate demonstration as well as  a fantastic Price Chopper Fireworks display!

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The ‘Cats and Jammers were back at it on Saturday for the first ever Medieval Times Night at The Joe! The crowd was divided into four different sections, with a our resident king, Kevin, picking one knight to represent each section during our on-field promotions!

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All of our-in game promotions had a Medieval Times feel to it, highlighted by multiple appearances from Zoggy the dragon! Zoggy went down during the 5th inning drag, and was then slayed by the Tri-City Mayors!

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Former Major Leaguer Tommy John was on hand as well on Saturday, as part of the Exxon Mobil Super Tour! Tommy threw out a first pitch, and also joined ValleyCats radio man Matt Appel for an inning in the booth!

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On the field, the ‘Cats saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, dropping a tough 3-2 final to Jamestown. James Ramsay hit a home run for the ValleyCats, but it wasn’t enough, as Jamestown scored a run in the ninth that proved to be the difference.

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The ValleyCats wrapped up their homestand on Sunday Funday, which was NFL Night at The Joe! A sellout crowd joined us in full football attire for the biggest pre-game catch of the season!

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Before the game, participants from our “Dash to the Diamond” event were honored on the field. Earlier in the day, the runners began their nine-mile jog to the stadium from Fleet Feet Sports, and arrived at The Joe just in time for the game! Great job and congratulations to all that took part in the first-ever Dash to the Diamond!

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WNYT’s Rodger Wyland threw out a first pitch on Sunday, and also hosted our in-game Time Warner Sports Trivia contest!

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In our Mayors Race, Mayor McCarthy used a great stiff-arm of Mayor Jennings to come home with the gridiron victory!

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On the field, the ‘Cats got back to their winning ways, scoring their most runs in one game this season with an 11-5 series-clinching victory over the Jammers! Conrad Gregor had three hits, and Michael Martinez hit another home run, as the ‘Cats improved to 32-22 with the victory!

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After the final out, many of the fans came onto the field in search of a hidden remote! Dig Safely New York gave away a new TV to whoever found the remote, and one lucky fan came away with it!

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The ‘Cats return home on Monday, August 19th, for a quick two-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters! The 19th features a Greg Floyd bobblehead giveaway in honor of Hannah’s Hope! Fans will also receive a Hannah bobblehead as well! The homestand continues on Tuesday with a beach party on Island Night at The Joe! Tickets are available by coming to the stadium or calling the stadium box office at 518-629-2287!

Pregame Meal: Saturday, August 10th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Hey there, ‘Cats fans! It’s been a while since we last talked, and for that, I apologize. The ValleyCats have been red-hot, entering tonight’s game on a five-game win streak. Over that span, they have outscored their opponents 47-18!

-The ‘Cats set a team record this year for extra base hits in a game last night with eight. I’m not sure why, but the ball has really been flying out of The Joe on this homestand. Whatever the reason, the ‘Cats don’t appear stoppable right now. They’ve scored at least ten runs in back-to-back games for the first time in exactly a year, August 9th-10th, 2012.

-As much as Conrad Gregor and Tony Kemp loved playing with each other, it appears that Kemp’s promotion was just what Gregor needed to catch fire. On this homestand, Conrad is 10-for-17 with six RBI, two doubles, a triple, and of course, that walk-off home run in the day game on Wednesday. The 4th round pick may very well be on his way to picking up a NYPL Player of the Week nod.

-With a win tonight, the ‘Cats will match a couple of season-high streaks. A victory would be their sixth in a row, tied with their six-game stretch from July 11th-15th on the road. It would also be their fifth straight home win, something they haven’t done this year since the first five games of the year at The Joe. Also, they would tie Jamestown for the best record in the league, and would have the most wins (Jamestown has played fewer games, which is why the two teams would be just tied).

-Tommy John will join me in the 1st inning of tonight’s broadcast on tcvalleycats.com as part of the Exxon Mobil’s MiLB Super Tour! It should be pretty exciting to have a 288-game winner in the booth, to tune in for first pitch at 7 pm!

-Randall Fant and Troy Scribner will pitch tonight for the ‘Cats. It will be Scribner’s Tri-City debut after his promotion from Greeneville.

Lineup

RF Toney

CF Ramsay

3B White

1B Gregor

DH Martinez

LF Kemmer

C Genoves

2B Mayfield

SS Moon

LHP Fant

Nightly Recap: Blizzard in August

It might still be summer in the Capital Region, but there were winter-like conditions in the region on Thursday, as it was the second annual “Blizzard in August” at The Joe! The first 2, 000 fans through the gates received a Blizzard in August white t-shirt to help create a whiteout in the stands! White rally towels were also handed out, which served a great purpose when the game started! Thanks to all the fans who came out and braved the “stormy” conditions!

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Before the game, the ValleyCats announced the field renovation grand prize winners from around the area! Gary Funck and Hoosick Falls Youth Baseball League received a $500 gift card to Goldstocks Sporting Goods, Peggy Kownack and Troy Central Little League will be getting their field renovated by the community grounds crew for next season with help from BlueShield, and Jennifer Serian and Twin Town Little League will have a ValleyCats team in their league next season with all uniforms provided by the ValleyCats. Finally, Jeff Coyle and Colonie Little League will experience  the ValleyCats entertainment at their field next season when all of our favorite mascots and promo team visit Colonie Little League next spring!

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On the field, the ‘Cats continued to dominate with the bats, sweeping the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 10-2 victory. Six different ValleyCats had multi-hit games, and, in a rarity, the ‘Cats had three triples! The trio of three-baggers is a season high, two of which came from James Ramsay and Conrad Gregor in the 4th. Andrew Thurman picked up his second win of the year with his five-inning start.

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The ‘Cats continue their home stand on Friday as the Jamestown Jammers come into town. It’s Italian Night at The Joe! Come out to the park to enjoy some great italian cooking! After the final out, stick around for another great Price Chopper Fireworks show!

Nightly Recap: Irish Night & Camp Day

The ValleyCats returned home on Tuesday to start off a six-game home stand against the Williamsport Crosscutters! It was Irish Night at The Joe, as the local Irish band Hair of the Dog thrilled the crowd with a pre-game concert to kick off the festivities!

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The Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival was the game sponsor with great giveaways throughout the night! For more information about their 17th annual festival on September 13th & 14th, check out their homepage here.

Our friends from Cap Com were on hand to be recognized as co-champions of the Capital Region Series that took place at The Joe in June! Congratulations to all that participated in the tournament!

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We had a very special ceremony on the field before the game in honor of LTC Todd Clark. LTC Clark was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 8th, 2013. To commemorate his life, the Patriot Guard Riders joined us in full force, along with the parents and brother of LTC Clark. Todd was highly decorated with numerous Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor,  Expeditionary and Campaign Medals with Service Stars,  NATO Medals; the Combat Action Badge;  the Parachutist Badge,  Presidential Unit Citations,  Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 5 Overseas Service Bars.

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Our staff was in a festive mood for Irish Night, including our two resident leprechauns: Doubles O’Callahan and Lucky! We were lucky enough to have them participate in some of our in-game races as well as t-shirt tosses! Lucky got involved with the Mayors Race, allowing Mayor Rosamilia to take home the victory! He made another appearance in the Hot Dog race, holding up Relish in search of the pot of gold!

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During the middle of the 3rd inning, The Columbia & District Pipe Band performed on top of the home dugout, thrilling the crowd with sensational sounds!

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Step dancers from The Farrell School of Irish Dance were on hand for their annual Irish Night performance down on the field!

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On the field, the ‘Cats broke out offensively, scoring their most runs of the year in a 10-2 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters! Ronnie Mitchell was the hero offensively, driving in three runs as the ‘Cats won their second straight game!

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Just a few hours later, everyone was back at the stadium for an 11 AM start on Camp Day! Many local day camps were on hand to enjoy a fun afternoon of baseball at The Joe!

Our Mayors Race featured a great dancing performance from our participants, as well as Sporty!

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On the field, the ‘Cats won in tremendous style, as Conrad Gregor hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 8-7 victory! The team mobbed Gregor at the plate and celebrated on the field afterwards! It was the third win in a row for the ‘Cats.

The ValleyCats and Crosscutters wrap up their three-game series on Thursday at 7 pm. Fans should expect winter-like conditions, as it will be a “Blizzard in August” at The Joe! The first 2,000 fans will receive a special “Blizzard in August” t-shirt to create a whiteout at the stadium! Get your tickets for the winter wonderland by calling the stadium box office at 518-629-2287!

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Pregame Meal: Tuesday, August 6th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Welcome back, ‘Cats fans! Tonight, the ValleyCats will kick off a six-game home stand, starting with three against the Williamsport Crosscutters. It has been a tough stretch for the ‘Cats, who had lost nine in a row before getting a victory on Sunday in Aberdeen. It’s “Irish Night” here at “The Joe” as the ‘Cats will look for a little bit of luck to get back on a winning streak…

-The nine-game skid was the longest for the ‘Cats since 2009, when they also lost nine in a row. They still find themselves tied for first place in the Stedler Division, just percentage points behind the Lowell Spinners. Tri-City and Lowell only meet twice more this season, on August 31st-September 1st in Lowell.

-A few (well, 6) roster moves to pass along. RHP Tyler Brunemann, RHP Troy Scribner & INF Tyler White have joined the club after a promotion from Greeneville. Brunemann was the 40th round pick of the Astros this year, White the 33rd, and Scribner was a non-drafted free agent. White has absolutely raked in both the GCL and Greeneville this year, so he should add a little pop to a lineup that needs it. Of course, with three new additions, some players were promoted to Quad Cities as well. Pat Christensen, Tony Kemp & Zach Morton were sent to the Midwest League. We wish all three of them the best of luck!

-This has been touched on since the announcement, but Chris Cotton, Michael Feliz & Chan Moon were named to the All-Star team on Sunday. Moon will start as the DH for the National League. It was not at all a surprise to see Cotton and Feliz selected, as they’ve been two of the better pitchers in the league. It was mildly surprising to see Moon picked, but he has been very consistent this entire year at the plate.

-The ValleyCats have played very well against teams from the Pinckney Division this year, and they will aim to continue that trend against Williamsport. Coming into tonight, the ‘Cats are 8-4 against Pinckney opponents.

-I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the losing streak,  but it is usually around this point in the New York-Penn League season in which the college guys start hitting a wall. They’ve been playing games since late February, and fatigue can start to effect play. Something to keep an eye out for on this home stand and beyond.

Lineup

LF Toney

CF Ramsay

3B White

1B Gregor

C Booth

DH Martinez

RF Mitchell

2B Mayfield

SS Moon

RHP Comer

Homestand Preview! 8/6-8/11

Tuesday, August 6 @7pm

  • Irish Night presented by Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival!

Join us as we celebrate the Irish heritage! There will be food specials, a pregame concert by Hair of the Dog, performances by the Columbia and District Pipe Band and more!

  • Hair of the Dog pregame concert from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.!

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Head to Left Field Louie’s for a corned beef and cabbage dinner! Meal comes with a Guinness or bottled beverage. Irish nachos will be available at the Bases Loaded kiosk on the first base concourse.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CONCESSION MAP & GUIDE>>

Wednesday, August 7 @11am

  • Camp Day / Senior Day presented by the Times Union- 11am Matinee Start!

Take a lunch break at “The Joe” during our second Camp Day of the year!

Thursday, August 8 @7pm

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: Blizzard in August at “The Joe!”

Join us at “The Joe” for a Blizzard in August! Fans are encouraged to wear white to create a white-out atmosphere!

  • White “Blizzard in August” T-Shirt Giveaway! (First 2,000 fans)
    To help create the “white-out” atmosphere, the ‘Cats will be giving away commemorative Blizzard in August t-shirts to the first 2,000 fans through the gates!

Friday, August 9 @7pm POSTGAME FIREWORKS!

  • Italian Night presented by the Northeast Parent & Child Society!

Celebrate the Italian heritage on Notte Italiano!

  • Italian Food Specials!

    Enjoy a spaghetti with meatballs or smoked italian sausage dinner at Left Field Louie’s! Also being served are meatball subs, sausage and peppers, pizza, and canolis!
  • Postgame FIREWORKS presented by Price Chopper!
  • 2013 Mobil Super Tour!

Go the Distance with Mobil Super Motor Oil at “The Joe!” Come on out for a grand slam of contests and prizes including autographed ValleyCats memorabilia! Also meet Super Sam, the Mobil Super mascot dog. We’ll see you there!

Saturday, August 10 @7pm

  • Medieval Times at “The Joe” presented by Sunmark FCU!

Step back in time as we host epic medieval themed on-field contests and role-playing adventures!

  • Food Special!

    Enjoy smoked turkey legs at Left Field Louie’s!
  • 2013 Mobil Super Tour!

Go the Distance with Mobil Super Motor Oil at “The Joe!” Come on out for a grand slam of contests and prizes including autographed ValleyCats memorabilia! Also meet Super Sam, the Mobil Super mascot dog. We’ll see you there!

Sunday, August 11 @5pm

  • NFL Night presented by Dig Safely New York!

Wear your favorite NFL team apparel and have the chance to participate in our on-field contests to win great prizes!

  • 2013 Wingfest!

For $20, receive a Reserved Box Ticket, 10 wings and a regular beer or bottled beverage at the Top of the Hill Bar & Grill beginning at 4pm. Tickets will be assigned by the Box Office when orders are placed. Those who already have tickets may upgrade their ticket to the wing package by calling Jessica Kaszeta at 518-629-2287 Ext.12, or by coming by the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office. BUY WINGFEST TICKETS>>

  • Sunday Funday!

    Starting at just $25, get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas! Plus, kids get to play catch on the field at 4pm, and run the bases following the game! Call 629-CATS for this deal!

  • Sunday Summer Reading day!

    Gates will open at 3:15 PM for our Sunday Summer Reading Day (families must have a ticket to Sunday’s game to enter). SouthPaw will read a book to the children in the Field of Dreams and the first 40 families will get a copy of the book to take home!

  • 2013 Mobil Super Tour!

Go the Distance with Mobil Super Motor Oil at “The Joe!” Come on out for a grand slam of contests and prizes including autographed ValleyCats memorabilia! Also meet Super Sam, the Mobil Super mascot dog. We’ll see you there!

Experiencing “The Ripken Experience”

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Once again, Chris Chenes here, just back from my trip down to Aberdeen. I don’t get to travel much during the season, but I’m glad I was able to make the trip. From the Aberdeen area, to the complex at Ripken Stadium, to the staff and the fans, I was very impressed with everything. They do it right.

First, I’ll give you an overall sense of the complex they call “The Ripken Experience.” Ripken Stadium, home of the IronBirds, is just one of eight fields that make up the facility. The other seven include youth-sized replicas of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Memorial Stadium, Nationals Park, Citizens Bank Park, and a full-sized replica of Yankee Stadium. Over the past few years, this has really become a popular destination for top-level youth baseball & softball teams around the country. Tournaments take place here all summer long, even extending into November with a Thanksgiving tournament.

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The youth-sized replica of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is known as “Cal Sr’s Yard.”

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One of the best features of the stadium is the “replica” of the B&O Warehouse on Eutaw street in Baltimore. Here is the real Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a comparison:

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Did you know that the B&O Warehouse is the longest building on the east coast?

The Ripken Experience version of this warehouse is actually two hotels, a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn Marriott. Located on “Ripken Way”, both have views overlooking the field

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The playing surface at Cal Sr’s Yard is all turf, except for the pitcher’s mound and home plate:

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More views of the park, which has 2,000 fixed seats and concession stands.

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Moving along, next we have a full-size (field dimensions) replica of Yankee Stadium:

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They made it a point to accurately place the backstop 84 feet from home plate, a catcher’s nightmare.

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Next, we have Fenway Park complete with the “Green Monster” and “Pesky’s Pole”:

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Wrigley Field with the vines on the left field fence:

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Memorial Stadium:

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Citizens Bank Park & Nationals Park are both softball fields:

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The complex also includes numerous batting cages and an Infield Training Island:

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Now onto Ripken Stadium, where the IronBirds were host to the ‘Cats this past weekend:

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Ripken Stadium opened in the same year as “The Joe”, 2002. It hosted the 2nd Annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game in 2006, and is one of the premier minor league facilities throughout the New York-Penn League and even Minor League Baseball. Like “The Joe,” the concourse is very spacious, allowing for easy walkability and a view of the game all the way around.

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As far as concession items go, they have a wide variety to choose from. They have your standard ballpark fare as well as specialty stands such as Seasons Pizza that serves personal pizza, mozzarella sticks, chicken parm sandwiches and more. There is Roma Gourmet that serves sausage and peppers, The Farm League which serves vegetarian friendly options and health foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, corn on the cob, salads, paninis and more. For desert you can have Mini-Melts (compare to Dippin’ Dots), or italian ice, gelati, ice cream sandwiches and cookies. They also have funnel cakes, cotton candy and lemonade.

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Then there is Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood Deck (no relation to Conrad Gregor), serving up Maryland fresh steamed crabs and a variety of other local seafood favorites.

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There are plenty of group options, including the Picnic Plaza and Party Deck down the left field line:

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The Party Pavilion in right field:

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Groups of four can reserve a table at the Open Air Cafe located directly behind home plate:

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The ValleyCats had a big group of fans come down on a bus trip for the game on Saturday night!

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These three made sure to keep the Vamos Gatos chants coming!

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Let’s head upstairs to the Aberdeen Club Level, shall we?

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Once you get to the top of the stairs, you are greeted by a concierge desk and then a great display of Ripken artifacts and memorabilia:

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There’s a bar and buffet:

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The entire Club Level has indoor seating available, complete with hightop tables and leather couches:

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Then there’s club level seating that can accommodate up to 375 people.

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Ripken Stadium also features six luxury suites with indoor/outdoor seating. Quite simply, Club Level is one of the more impressive things I’ve seen at a Minor League ballpark.

Now let’s go behind the scenes in the media/production area of the stadium. Press row and production are intertwined into one large area, but it’s spacious enough to handle that and more.

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The show is pretty similar to that at “The Joe.” There’s lots of rally chants and songs, live action on the board, replays and pump-up videos. All of it comes from this room where there are over 20 staff members working during each game.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour of The Ripken Experience! Now it’s time to get ready for our big six-game homestand beginning Tuesday night at “The Joe!” Hope you join us! For full promotional details, visit our website, http://www.tcvalleycats.com.

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