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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 Lowell Spinner, the Red Sox Single-A affiliate, 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

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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!”
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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!

DUTCHMENS MASCOT

Let’s get it started

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 (mediarelations@tcvalleycats.com), 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.

Vamos Gatos!

– PF

‘4 in 24’ Mission Accomplished!

Another year, another ‘4 in 24’ in the books! 2016 marked the 6th consecutive youth field renovation project where four youth ball fields were renovated in under 24 hours here in the Capital Region.

Since our inaugural season in 2002, we’ve been committed to being ambassadors for the game of baseball. Now in our 15th year, that mission remains stronger than ever.

The ‘4 in 24’ youth field renovation project is a strong collaborative effort among the ValleyCats and our main partners, BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets. The work could not be done without their support, along with the assistance of city and league officials, and community volunteers.

This year, the four field projects we took on were Guilderland Little League, Mechanicville Stillwater Little League, Nassau Baseball Association, and Upstate Premier Baseball in Schenectady. Each presented their own challenges, but at the end of the day, the rewards outweighed them many times over.

In order to revamp four fields in less than 24 hours, it requires a lot of preparation and planning. Much of that is done by Keith Sweeney, our Stadium Operations Manager, and General Manager Matt Callahan.

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Keith and Matt going over the final details with our staff, on the eve of the renovations.

Our front office is divided up into four groups, each with a team leader, and assigned to a specific field.

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From there, it takes a large volunteer effort to complete the renovations. Each league has plenty of representation, city and town officials chip in their time and resources, our partners BlueShield and Hannaford send crews, and even members in and around the community offer their time to help the cause.

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The efforts were also assisted by Admar Construction Equipment, The Brickman Group, Turface, and SiteOne Landscape Supplies, with these partners contributing some of the necessary equipment, materials, and volunteers.

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L.J. Black, our head groundskeeper from The Brickman Group, works on the field in Nassau.

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As the morning of the renovations arrived, it was an early wake-up call for many. But none earlier than Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes, who appeared on the early morning newscast on News 10.

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ValleyCats front office staff, and league/city volunteers followed shortly after, and almost everyone was present and ready to work by 7am.

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By the end of the day, each field received a brand new infield playing surface, with new sod, a rebuilt pitcher’s mound and home plate, and new bases set at the correct specifications. Like previously mentioned, each location presented their own twists & turns along the way, with different types of work also required. Below is a recap of each field renovation.


 

We’ll start with a field that hadn’t been utilized in over 10 years, the old Bellevue Little League on 4th Street in Schenectady. The history of that location goes all the way back to 1950, when it was first constructed. The league was largely popular, and at one point there were five major teams, which doesn’t include the minor, farm, and t-ball levels.

Fast forward to the early 2000’s, the numbers began to dwindle, interest in youth baseball within the community declined, and the league eventually folded. From there, the field sat untouched for over a decade. Weeds overgrew the entire field, hills and craters formed in the outfield, the dugouts, clubhouse, and concession stand buildings were covered with graffiti, and it became just a distant memory of what it had once been.

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Over the past year, Dom LeMorta & Bill Creighton of Upstate Premier Baseball took over the land, and were determined to make that field their home. With the ability to bring back a diamond in the rough, for the Bellevue community, this was a no-brainer for one our ‘4 in 24’ locations.

Prior to our renovations, Upstate Baseball & the city of Schenectady helped to tear down trees & roots along the fence line, and get rid of the weeds within the diamond. The location was now ready for the 4 in 24 renovations to begin. Here are some before photos, immediately prior to the work on Thursday.

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As you can see, much work needed to be done.

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When it was all said and done, the results were even greater than we could have imagined. A field that hadn’t been used in 10+ years, now looked ready for baseball!

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Here’s our Snapchat (tcvalleycats) story chronicling the day’s work!


 

At the other end of the spectrum, you have Guilderland Little League. With over 50 teams and 500+ players, Guilderland has one of the largest leagues in the Capital Region. They serve a vital role in their community by providing opportunities for children ages 4-12 to learn and play baseball.

The league utilizes numerous fields in Keenholts Park in Altamont, and our focus was on one that needed the most repair. President of the League’s Board of Directors, Jon Phillips, says this renovation will go a long way in preparing the league for big events to be held at the complex this year.

“The Tri-City ValleyCats ‘4 in 24’ Program comes at a great time for Guilderland Little League,” Phillips said. “This support allows us to maintain some of the best athletic fields in the Capital District and will help us to prepare for upcoming showcase events the Guilderland Little League will be hosting this year such as Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run Competition on May 1st and the New York State 10 Year Old All Star Tournament in July.”

Here are the before, during, and after photos of the work:

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Mechanicville-Stillwater Little League was one of our other locations, a league that serves over 250 families each year throughout the Mechanicville / Stillwater communities. With one of their fields being in serious need of repair in order to maintain a safe playing surface for the many children ages 7 through 13 who utilize the field, this was another location that fit the bill for our ‘4 in 24.’

League president John DelBalso had this to say about the work:

“The Mechanicville Stillwater Little League is thrilled to be selected for the ValleyCats ‘4 in 24’ program for 2016. These improvements will help to provide the best experience possible while improving the safety of the Field for the players, umpires, and coaches. The Board is grateful to have the opportunity to bring the George H. Pickett Fields up to the standard of excellence that both our players and communities deserve.”

Coincidentally, the name of this field is George H. Pickett Field, the father of one of our long-time ushers, Mike Pickett!

Here are some photos prior to, during, and after the renovations.

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Nassau Baseball Association was our last of the four fields, a league that has a long tradition in Rensselaer County. Established in 1956, Nassau currently serves over 130 kids and includes a scholarship program for children that may otherwise be unable to play.

Some of the main needs of this field were the transition between the infield grass and dirt, the deteriorating pitcher’s mound and rubber, and the area around home plate. In order to maintain a reasonable registration cost for the families, our assistance with this project will go a long way.

Here’s what President Jeff Pearce had to say about the work.

“When our league was founded sixty years ago, the goal was to bring the game of baseball to all of the children of Nassau and our surrounding communities no matter what their skill level, family income or any other situation that may prevent a child from participating. With the help of our community, volunteers and local businesses over the past sixty years we have accomplished this goal by keeping our registrations fees one of the lowest in the capital region. Over the last couple of years our field has deteriorated to the point where it has become a safety issue for the children. With the estimated field repairs way over our available budget we were going to be forced with either raising our registration fees or and risk pushing families away or keep playing on an unsafe field. With being selected for the 4 in 24 project we will now be able to keep our registration fees at an affordable rate for all families and have a safe field to play on again. We as a league and a community could not be more grateful for this opportunity.”

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Lastly, the work of the ‘4 in 24’ will be recognized during Youth Baseball Night at “The Joe” on Friday, June 24.

In closing, we’d just like to reiterate our thank you to BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets for their generous support of this project. Without them, this project does not get done. Also a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the hard work! Just like the game itself, it takes teamwork to get this job done.

And thank you again to Admar Construction Equipment for the heavy duty equipment, the Brickman Group for their expert field maintenance crew, and Turface / SiteOne Landscape Supplies for the mound bricks & clay, and infield conditioner.

This is by far one of our most important community initiatives of the year, as we continue to hold true to our mission of being ambassadors for the great game of baseball!

If your youth league’s field is in need of repair, our Community Grounds Crew will be working on select fields throughout the spring and summer. Apply online at tcvalleycats.com/fieldrenovations.

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Keith and Matt were the last two to finish, completing the mound at Guilderland LL!

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

 

March is Reading Awareness Month, and we’re doing our part to spread the word by reading to local schools across the Capital Region. Read Across America Day was on Wednesday, March 2nd, the birth date of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss, born in 1904 in Springfield, Mass., was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children’s books including timeless classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by spending some time at School 16 in Troy, as SouthPaw read a few books to Mrs. Shaer’s third grade class!

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We make dozens of reading appearances throughout the year at local schools, libraries, and summer camps. Many of these appearances are in collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House and NY529 College Savings Program.

Each Sunday during the season, we hold a summer reading program where members of the ValleyCats team read to children prior to the ballgame. They are then given a copy of the books, which are donated by the Kiwanis Club of Troy.

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Here are a few other photos from our most recent reading appearances:

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15th Anniversary Preparations Underway!

With 2016 in full swing, our front office has kicked it into high gear in preparation for our 15th anniversary season!

Check out our newly minted 15th anniversary logo! Each star represents a championship, with the white stars being division titles, and red stars being league titles.

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The logo will be featured throughout the stadium, on marketing & promotional items, merchandise, on-field caps and more!

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15th anniversary logo will be featured on the ValleyCats on-field caps.

2 million!!

Not only will we be celebrating our 15th anniversary, but we’ll also welcome our two millionth fan through the gates! This should occur during one of our games in the middle of July. Just as we did when we welcomed our one millionth fan in 2010, there will be tons of surprises on this night!

The ValleyCats will surpass two million fans this season. On June 19, 2010, the 'Cats welcomed their one millionth fan.

The ValleyCats will surpass two million fans this season. On June 19, 2010, the ‘Cats welcomed their one millionth fan.

Another Day at the Office

There’s no down time at “The Joe” during this time of year. We’re busy hiring our interns and gameday staff members, planning our 2016 promotional calendar and events, putting together unique ticket offers, building our corporate partnerships, and continuing to be an active member in the community.

Many have asked what we’ve got planned for bobblehead giveaways in 2016, and all we can say right now is that the plans are in their infancy.

Bobblehead giveaways are a staple at ValleyCats games.

Bobblehead giveaways are a staple at ValleyCats games. What’s in store for 2016?

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‘Cats AGM Michelle Skinner and Admin Assistant Elyse Zima hard at work!


 

‘Cats in the Community

Mayors Cup, RPI Engineers vs. Union Dutchmen, Times Union Center

The ValleyCats “Tri-City” representatives were present at this cross-town hockey rivalry, greeting fans during the game, and throwing t-shirts into the crowd during intermission!

 

Over 8,400 fans witnessed RPI defeat the Union Dutchmen 5-2 at the Times Union Center.

Over 8,400 fans witnessed RPI defeat the Union Dutchmen 5-2 at the Times Union Center.

 Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region Radiothon

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region held their 15th Annual Radiothon, their most important fundraiser of the year, and we were happy to be just a small part of it. We brought our inflatable baseball game to Crossgates Mall for chances to win cool ‘Cats prizes for a small donation.

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Radiothon 2016 is in the books! $134,200 and counting! Thanks to all who volunteered and donated.

Posted by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region on Saturday, January 23, 2016


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‘Cats Care Community Round-Up

Now approaching our 15th season, one thing has remained a constant, and that’s our commitment to the Capital Region community. Each year we attend numerous local schools, libraries, camps, walks, fundraising events, and more, lending a hand in any way possible. This past year alone, we’ve made over 160 appearances.

Our efforts were recognized by the New York-Penn League, as we are the league nominee for Minor League Baseball’s John Henry Moss Community Service Award. The award is presented to one Minor League club for their ongoing commitment to charitable service and their support and leadership within the community and the baseball industry.

Over the last month, SouthPaw, Michelle, and other members of the ‘Cats front office have been volunteering their services at a wide array of events.

On October 28th, SouthPaw visited Wood Road Elementary School in Ballston Spa for Family Fun Night, where he read books to the children as part of their fall book fair.

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The following evening, SouthPaw attended School 14 in Troy with Michelle and Elyse for their annual Red Ribbon Night. The night featured many fun and educational activities to reward students for taking the pledge to live a drug free life.

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On November 5, SouthPaw ran in the annual Troy Turkey Trot mascot race to kick off the formal announcement of Troy’s annual turkey trot road race.  Many of the areas notable mascots took part in the 0.05 mile race, with Trotter the turkey coming out victorious after SouthPaw sustained a hamstring injury.

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The 68th Annual Troy Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning, and is one of the largest and oldest turkey trots in the United States. For more details, or to register for the race, visit http://www.troyturkeytrot.com.


SouthPaw recovered just in time to join Pappy SouthPaw at Crossgates Mall for the launch of Macy’s Believe campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation. From November 6 through December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, for every stamped letter addressed to Santa at The North Pole, delivered to the red letterbox at each local Macy’s.

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On November 10, the Troy Boys & Girls Club held their 8th Annual Pizzapalooza at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom. We cooked up our wood fired pizza at “The Joe,” then transported them to Franklin Terrace to be served. The event raised money to support the programs and services offered by the club.

On the menu…hot dog pizza!

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This year, we partnered with Hannaford Supermarkets and BlueShield of Northeastern New York on the Community Grounds Crew initiative, in order to revamp many youth fields over the course of the spring, summer, and fall. Members of our staff including GM Matt Callahan, Stadium Ops Manager Keith Sweeney, Senior Account Executive Chris Dawson, and others took care of two more fields in the past few weeks. Here are some photos!

Halfmoon Little League:

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Watervliet Little League:

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Does your field need a makeover prior to the 2016 season? We are currently accepting applications for Community Grounds Crew projects in the spring, and now is the perfect time to apply. You could be one of four fields to receive a COMPLETE overhaul, including brand new sod in the infield, a new pitcher’s mound and home plate, bases, and much more! Or you could be selected for other field maintenance.

Photos along with your submission are highly recommended, so be sure to take them now before the snow falls. Visit tcvalleycats.com for more details.


UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Crossgates Mall and B95.5 Kids Club

Saturday, November 14, 9:00am – 11:00am

Crossgates Mall, lower level Lord & Taylor Court.

Come to this FREE event where your kids can sing, dance, take pictures with mascots, make crafts, play games and win amazing prizes. Shhh….don’t tell the kiddies, but we are expecting a very special guest come all the way from the North Pole!  Also, enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, and a special gift from our guest!

Scout Sleepover Extravaganza

Saturday, November 14, 10:30pm – Sunday morning

Flight Trampoline Park, 30a Post Road Colonie, NY

Jump around with your scout friends and family members all night long, enjoy pizza and a movie showing before sleeping on the trampolines. SouthPaw will be there at the start to jump along! To reserve your spot, log on to trcscouting.org/sleepoverextravaganza2016

Salvation Army Kettle Kick Off

Friday, November 20, 10:30am – 11:30am

Pfeil Hardware, 63 3rd Street, Troy

SouthPaw helps the Salvation Army kick off their red kettle campaign for the 2015 holiday season!

2015 Schenectady Daily Gazette Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 21, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

State Street, Schenectady

The Chamber of Schenectady County will present the 48th Annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade, slated to step off at 5 p.m. Saturday, November 21 in downtown Schenectady. The parade, a Capital Region tradition, attracts 20,000-40,000 spectators who will line State Street in downtown Schenectady for what is widely known as the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast. Spectators will enjoy more than 100 magical characters, floats, bands, marchers, dance troupes and decorated vehicles. Each participant is vying for our top awards!

Capital Holiday Lights Chili, Chowder and SoupFest

Sunday, November 22, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Washington Park, Albany

Join us at the second annual Capital Holiday Lights Chili, Chowder and SoupFest, featuring many of the Capital Region’s favorite restaurants and delis. We’ll be serving up our wood fired pizza! Sample $1.00 portions as you enjoy the music of The Reverberators (“Christmas in Albany”) at the Washington Park Lakehouse. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Lights on the Lake, all while supporting three important charities: The Albany Damien House, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region and the Alzheimer’s Association. Suggested donations are $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family. The LakeHouse will be open with Vendors and Santa. 

ValleyCats baseball is your ticket to fun!

DSC_0671What a tremendous 2015 season at “The Joe,” we can’t wait for 2016! As the offseason progresses, we’ll post monthly updates via ‘Cats Corner, to keep you informed on what’s going on within the ‘Cats front office. For now, keep an eye on tcvalleycats.com and our Facebook page for more frequent updates!

Vamos Gatos!

Capital Region Baseball Heritage Night Recap

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There is rich history of baseball here in the Capital Region, starting in 1871 with the Troy Haymakers and continuing all the way until now with the Tri-City ValleyCats. We took last night to celebrate our baseball heritage and commemorate a famous alumna of the Capital Region.

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Upon entering the stadium, the first 1,500 fans were given a ticket redeemable for a Bernie Williams Bobblehead. The famous Yankee played for the Albany-Colonie Yankees from 1989 to 1990. To top of the Weekend at Bernie’s celebration, we’ll be raffling off a life-size Bernie Williams bubblehead tonight after the game. Tickets can be purchased on our website or in SouthPaw’s Den.

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Before the game, we recognized the four members of the ValleyCats who represented Tri-City in Aberdeen this week at the All-Star Game: Alex Winkelman, Pat Porter, Bobby Wernes and Dexture McCall, who received the All-Star Game Top Star Honor.

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Team Ferior Sports, Saratoga Eagle, Daniel Oliksowycz from the Lasalle School and 2014 Boy of the Year, Ethan Herrington from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society threw out the first pitches. The Troy Youth Choir followed them with the singing of the National Anthem.

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We also had a familiar face at “The Joe” last night for the game. We were joined by City of Albany Mayor, Kathy Sheehan, who you may recognize from the 6th inning mayor’s race!

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Unfortunately, the ‘Cats fell to the Hudson Valley Renegades 4-2 despite McCall (3-for-4 with an RBI and a double) and Nunez’s (RBI Double) offensive efforts. The ‘Cats return to “The Joe” tonight at 7pm to wrap up Weekend at Bernie’s. We’ll be giving away Bernie William’s posters and raffling off the life-size Bernie Williams Bobblehead!

Vamos Gatos!

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Half-Way to Valentine’s Day Recap

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Love was in the air at “The Joe” on Thursday night as fans celebrated Half-Way to Valentine’s Day presented by Glennpeter Jewelers. Couples young and old packed the stands to watch the ValleyCats take on the Auburn DoubleDays.

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The Village of Colonie, Yajaira Bonet from Taco Bell, D Scott from Kiss 102.3, and birthday boy Dominick Siciliano, one by one, threw out the first pitches of the night. Bianca Hankle then started off the game by singing the National Anthem.

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Fans enjoyed a romantic twist on the in-game promotions as the CDTA Mayor’s Race included a lovely picnic for three, the Old World Provisions Hot Dog Race featured a proposal and the Sam A. Lupo & Sons Speedie the Chicken Challenge ended with the chicken and the umpire walking off the field as friends.

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After the game, married couples joined together on field to renew their marital vows. Following the vow renewal, fans enjoyed a fireworks show presented by Price Chopper Supermarkets.

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Unfortunately, it was a not-so-fairy-tale ending for the ‘Cats as they fell to the Auburn DoubleDays 7-5. Despite a huge offensive and defensive effort from Aaron Mizell who went 3-for-5 with a double, hit his first professional home run and threw out a runner at the plate. Anthony Hermelyn also performed at the plate for the ‘Cats going 2-for-3 with a hit and a run batted in.

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The ‘Cats return to “The Joe” this Friday to kick off weekend at Bernie’s presented by Team Ferior Sports! Friday night will be our Bernie Williams bobblehead giveaway, and Saturday we’ll be giving away Bernie posters! You’ll have the chance to win a life-size Bernie bobblehead & signed items by Bernie!

Vamos Gatos!

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‘Cats Assemble for Win on Superheroes/ Community Heroes Night

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“The Joe” was filled with heroes last night…from kids dressed as their favorite superheroes, to everyday community heroes. Just Cats Veterinary Clinic sponsored the night of superheroes, and some super baseball!

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First pitches kicked off early with Kevin Murray from Callahan Industries, Dr. Susan OR JC Trower from Just Cats Veterinary Clinic, Albany, Saratoga & Rensselaer County Sheriffs, Birthday Boy Gianni Salisbury and Rensselaer County Stop DWI Coordinator Jim Gordon took the mound. Following the first pitches, a Law Enforcement Car Parade took the field to honor all those who are committed to keeping our community safe. The Civil Air Patrol presented the colors and Bethacapella sang the National Anthem.

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E. Stewart Jones, Hacker, Murphy teamed up with the ValleyCats to honor nine everyday people with their Home Run Community Heroes Starting Nine Award before the game. After receiving numerous nominations, an all-star Starting Nine was selected this year. Recipients included:

  • Jason Krolak, Owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Albany
  • Peter Gannon, President of Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership
  • Sean Tuckey, Readjustment Counselor and Case Manager at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center
  • Tess Collins, Owner of McGeary’s Irish Pub
  • Ishmael Morton, Program Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany
  • Marleah Lybolt, Student at Columbia High School
  • Leah Slocum, Partner at PEAK Residential Partners Team at Realty USA
  • Stefon Stillwell, Marketing Director at State Farm Insurance
  • Domnigo Montes, Program Director at 15-LOVE

These Home Run Community Heroes were selected for their devotion to making a difference in their communities. The ValleyCats would once again like to thank the Starting Nine for all that they do in the community and congratulate them on their awards.

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During the game, kids had the opportunity to participate in a costume contest and other superhero promotions. The excitement in the stadium helped the ‘Cats take home a 2-0 win over the Auburn Doubledays. After scoring one run in the first and another in the seventh, the ‘Cats pitching was the key to success. Chris Murphy threw five innings, allowed no runs and only four hits, walked one and struck out five batters.

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The ‘Cats return tonight for Half-Way to Valentine’s Day presented by Glennpeter Jewelers. Stop by the Fan Service Center to sign up to renew your vows on field after the game. Also after the game will be a FIREWORKS show presented by Price Chopper.

Vamos Gatos!

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