Good afternoon, ‘Cats fans!
My name is Peter Fiorentino, and I’ll be the Voice of the ValleyCats this season on the radio, as well as the primary blogger on ‘Cats Corner. Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@thefiorentino), shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or drop me a comment below if you have any questions or comments, or just want to talk baseball.
With Opening Day in just over three weeks, let’s take a look at what you can expect from the team, and what we know so far about this upcoming season.
FULL SCHEDULE: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t577
May 31: We’ll be introducing ‘Catcast, a podcast centered around, you guessed it, the ValleyCats and the New York-Penn League.
June 8, 9 and 10: The MLB Draft. I’ll have a live blog for you during the first few rounds, so you’ll know every player the Astros draft and which players we can expect to join the ValleyCats this season.
June 15: Exhibition against the Albany Dutchmen, 10 a.m. at “The Joe.”
June 16: Media Day. We’ll have extensive coverage from “The Joe” including player interviews, articles and some videos, your first look at the 2016 ValleyCats roster.
June 17: Opening Day against the Connecticut Tigers, 7 p.m. at “The Joe.” The first 1,500 fans will receive Part 1 of the ValleyCats All-Time Team Card Set. We’ll also have free magnetic schedules for all fans, and an awesome fireworks show after the game.
Check back tomorrow for a look at this year’s coaching staff, all of whom are new to Tri-City this year.
BTDUBS, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, click here to check out some sweet seats still available.
We are four hours from the first pitch of the 2011 season. Mother Nature scared us with some rain earlier today, but the sun is out now and the game should start as planned.
Here’s tonight’s Opening Day lineup:
Some links from yesterday’s Media Day: The Times Union talks to the undrafted players, including infielder Neiko Johnson … Ed Weaver previews tonight’s game and writes about the Cats’ crowded catching situation … superfan Jim Davey has some pictures from the day and from the season ticketholders’ picnic … YNN takes a look at the new faces.
Here’s how to follow the ValleyCats tonight and throughout the season:
Before the game: Read our preview and brush up on the 2011 roster, and get to know some of the players better from our Media Day quotes. And read this post, but it looks like you’ve already got that one covered.
During the game: If you can’t make it to “The Joe,” listen live to Erik Elken’s broadcast on tcvalleycats.com, starting around 6:50. New this year, you can listen to the live radio stream – and get all the other information on the ValleyCats – from your iPhone or Droid with the free ValleyCats Mobile App! Outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard thinks you should download it, and so do we. And follow @ValleyCats on Twitter for pictures and updates throughout the evening.
After the game: Check tcvalleycats.com for a full recap moments after the game, and look for an Opening Day notebook on ‘Cats Corner, which will hopefully be published after the game tonight but might not be up until tomorrow afternoon.