Jake Rogers Twitter Takeover

Last Sunday, ValleyCats catcher Jake Rogers, the Houston Astros 3rd round pick from Tulane, took over the team’s Twitter account, and the results were pretty hysterical.

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Just being around a team that has fun and loves to win!”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Hanging out with the team of course!”

 

 

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There’s always that one guy…

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Boxer briefs! #hummon”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“A mix between Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon. #jasonbourne”

 

By far the best answer:

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Selling insurance. #JakeFromPlateFarm”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“From @JordanGross36 at Tulane!”

 

Jake’s former team got in on the fun, too:

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Tulane Green Wave Baby!!!!!!!”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Of course!!!! Anything for the Vessels”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Yes, indeed they did. #wasit7?”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“It was unfortunately an A- in rocket science. #StayInSchool”

 

Good answer, good answer.

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Following me wherever I go. #WhereIGoSheGo”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“The roomie Austin Nicely.”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“SouthPaw of course!!”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Rickey Henderson”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Best BP thrower and best dresser @Drew_French”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Rock on the river was a good time!”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“I do not lose in ping pong”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Every year!”

 

‘Cats bench coach Danny Ortega threw some heat, too:

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JAKE ROGERS

🔥

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“I will put it this way… It is tough being a single father and a catcher.”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“This actually happened… while wearing American flag pants.”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“Bye bye bye – Nsync”

 

 

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JAKE ROGERS

 

“No. I will be running against him. Rogers/@TaylorSwift13”

 

 

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Who do you want to see take over the ValleyCats Twitter next? Let me know in the comments below!

2016 ValleyCats Midseason Report

With the first 38 games in the bag, the ‘Cats sit one game behind the Lowell Spinners, have won four consecutive games, and have the pieces to make a run in the New York-Penn League playoffs. They sit atop the league in nearly every category, and have hit 34 home runs on the year, 16 more than second place Williamsport (18). I dished out some awards for the first half, feel free to hand out your own in the comments below!

MVP – Stephen Wrenn

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Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

At one point, he led the New York-Penn League in at-bats, runs scored, home runs, RBI, hits, slugging %, and OPS. He’s proven he can hit anywhere in the top 4 spots in the batting order; Wrenn has the speed for a leadoff man, the contact for a 2-3 hitter and the power to hit cleanup. The ‘Cats are 8-1 when he hits a homer, and the one loss came when he hit two in the same game against Williamsport. Wrenn was called up to Quad Cities after the ‘Cats swept the Lake Monsters, and the ValleyCats were downright lucky to hang on to him as long as they did.

Clutch performer – Ryne Birk

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Since joining the club on June 23, (despite a recent slump) Birk has consistently hit over .300, and Manager Lamarr Rogers loves how dangerous his at bat is in the lineup. Birk cranked a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against State College, to send the game to extra innings. He finished that game 4-5 with 3 RBI, and has registered six multi-hit games this season. He’s hitting .273 with RISP this year with 17 RBI.

Starter – Hector Perez

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Perez pitched in seven games this season, and started three of them before he was called up to Class-A Quad Cities. His 1.57 ERA was in the top five in the NYPL before his promotion, and in 28.2 innings he struck out 36 batters, walking only 12. On June 27, he held Stedler Division-leading Lowell to one hit in 4.1 innings with four strikeouts. His best performance to date came against the Hudson Valley Renegades, when he tossed 5.2 innings on 81 pitches, striking out six and allowing only three base runners.

Reliever – Nick Hernandez

Hernandez has pitched in more games than any other ValleyCats pitcher (11) and has a 1.72 ERA in 15.2 innings with four saves. The Astros 8th round selection out of the University of Houston been the most reliable arm for pitching coach Drew French out of the ‘pen, and is currently riding a streak of seven games in which he’s allowed only one run.

Most improved – Daz Cameron/Randy Cesar

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Before he was hit by a pitch, breaking his left index finger and ending his season, Daz Cameron was hitting .278 with 13 runs, 14 RBI,  and eight SB in 19 games. Before he got to the ‘Cats though, while he was with Quad Cities, he had a lowly .143 batting average with 33 strikeouts. He jumped his OPS from .442 to .770 between the two clubs, and looked like he was ready for a breakout year before the injury.

Cesar hit .236 last year for the Greeneville Astros, and has never hit above .275 in his career until this season. Before his promotion to the River Bandits, he led the NYPL with a .389 batting average.

Gold Glove(s) – Alex DeGoti/Daz Cameron/Stephen Wrenn

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

DeGoti has been stellar at short this season, turning 12 double plays and making only four errors in 161 total chances. For more about DeGoti, check out his story.

Before going down with an injury, Cameron was all over the place in centerfield, and made one particularly incredible catch against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Cameron started running to his right, had to shift to his left, then back to his right before making a diving, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track.

Since taking over in center for Cameron, and finally playing his natural position, not much gets by Wrenn. Sliding catches are routine for him, and had one error in 78 chances, with an outfield assist.

Silver Slugger(s) – Stephen Wrenn/Randy Cesar/Carmen Benedetti/Ryne Birk

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

Photo by Eric Lomeli/Tri-City ValleyCats

The ‘Cats offense, which has led the NYPL in AVG, HR, 2B, R, RBI, OBP and OPS for most of the season has been led by the men listed above. During one week from July 6-12, Birk rode a 7-game hit streak in which he was 14-29 with 2 home runs, 4 doubles, 9 RBI, 9 runs and 3 walks. Wrenn reached base in his first 21 professional games, and even homered in his very first at bat to lead off Opening Day. Benedetti, who missed a few games due to soreness, has reached base in all but one game he’s played in, and has 12 multi-hit games in 26 appearances.

First half notes: 

  • The ‘Cats own the best offense in the NYPL, but the second-worst pitching staff as a whole. The pitchers are constantly bailed out by the offense, highlighted by the fact the ‘Cats have won only one ballgame scoring less than five runs.
  • Tri-City has hit 34 home runs this year. West Virginia, Batavia, Auburn, Connecticut and Hudson Valley have hit 32 combined.
  • Even though the pitching has been weak as a whole, they’ve shown flashes of greatness. Between June 14-15 against Connecticut, Perez, Howie Brey, Enrique Chavez and Kevin Hill held the Tigers scoreless for 15 consecutive innings. Reliever Sean Stutzman, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, earned a win and two saves in his first four games, before losing two decisions.
  • The staff ERA was at one point over 5.00 runs per game, but has settled to 4.55, and has been as low as 4.38.
  • Centerfield is the new glaring issue on the roster after Wrenn’s departure and Cameron’s injury, and Brauly Mejia seems like the most likely candidate to step in and fill the void. He’s hitting .250 this year and already has played three games in center. The ‘Cats have an abundance of corner outfielders, so we could even likely see Rodrigo Ayarza make a start or two in the outfield.
  • Dillon Lawson, who began the season as the ValleyCats hitting coach, resigned abruptly on Twitter to take the hitting coach position at the University of Missouri. lawson twitterLawson’s position has been unofficially filled by bench coach Danny Ortega, and the ValleyCats have continued to lead the NYPL in nearly every offensive category in Lawson’s absence.

Projected 2nd half rotation – The ‘Cats have been working off of a piggy-back system, but the pairs below have been the most consistent for French’s staff.

  1. Enrique Chavez / Dustin Hunt
  2. Ryan Hartman / Kevin Hill
  3. Sebastian Kessay / Erasmo Pinales
  4. Austin Nicely / Agapito Barrios
  5. Makay Nelson / Edgardo Sandoval

Projected 2nd half depth chart

C – Jake Rogers/Chuckie Robinson | Kevin Martir

1B – Taylor Jones | Spencer Johnson | Carmen Benedetti

2B – Ryne Birk | Tyler Wolfe | Marcos Almonte

3B – Connor Goedert | Rodrigo Ayarza | Tyler Wolfe

SS – Alex DeGoti | Rodrigo Ayarza | Marcos Almonte

LF  – Ronnie Dawson | Spencer Johnson

CF – Brauly Mejia | Rodrigo Ayarza

RF –  Carmen Benedetti | Ronnie Dawson | Brauly Mejia

DH – Chuckie Robinson/Brauly Mejia | Carmen Benedetti | Kevin Martir | Spencer Johnson

Key departures

3B Randy Cesar (Promoted to QC)

OF Stephen Wrenn (Promoted to QC)

LHP Framber Valdez (Promoted to QC)

RHP Hector Perez (Promoted to QC)

RHP Luis Ramirez (Sent down to GRN)

LHP Brett Adcock (60-day DL)

OF Daz Cameron (Broken finger)

RHP Dylan James (Released)

Key additions

RHP Juan Santos (Sent down from QC)

IF Tyler Wolfe (Promoted from GRN)

RHP Makay Nelson (Sent down from QC)

IF Connor Goedert (Sent down from QC)

IF Marcos Almonte (Promoted from GRN)

RHP Angelo Serrano (Promoted from GRN)

As always, you can follow me on Twitter @thefiorentino, and be sure to follow @ValleyCats for all of your updated information on the team.

Dark Tuesday: Track Night 2016

Dark Tuesday: Track Night, presented by TD Bank, at “The Joe” was an evening of awesome activities! Over 4,600 people made it to “The Joe,” and some were dressed to the theme!

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Hot Club of Saratoga provided pregame entertainment as part of our Tunes for Tuesday event. They played sweet, soulful balladry and hard driving swing with fiery upbeat tempos that brought smiles to the faces of many fans!

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A group of lucky fans were also treated to a pregame fan autograph experience presented by TD Bank.

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Prior to the game, seven different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Jamie Roberts of 98.3 TRY, Jay Cloutier from The Desmond, Saro Karageocian from Literacy Volunteers of RENSCO, and Joe Bailey of TD Bank.

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After the ceremonial first pitches, Omar Williams bugled the national anthem, delivering an amazing performance on the brass instrument.

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Then the ‘Cats played, winning the game versus the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters, 6-5, led by seven innings of scoreless pitching from the bullpen. The ‘Cats trailed early, surrendering five runs in the second inning, but scratched two runs across in three separate frames to win the game. First baseman Taylor Jones smacked a go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the finals runs of the contest.

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In our sixth inning H&V Collisions Mayors Race, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy won in a photo finish!

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Williams, who bugled at the 2015 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, also proposed to his girlfriend Hillary in a beautiful postgame moment. She said yes!

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

Sponsors at the game included Cooley Motors, TD Bank and the Heart Gallery.

The ValleyCats return Sunday, July 31, to host the Lowell Spinners, Class-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in a three-game series. Sunday the ‘Cats are wearing Where’s Waldo? jerseys, our final themed jerseys of the season, and it is Sunday Funday presented by St. Peter’s Health Partners. Monday is Around the World in 9 Innings: Summer Olympics, with postgame fireworks presented by Market 32! Tuesday is Camp Day / Senior Day with an 11 a.m. matinee game time! Tickets are available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Nickelodeon Night featuring SpongeBob SquarePants

Nickelodeon Night featuring SpongeBob SquarePants was an F-U-N time! Nearly 3,000 people made it to “The Joe,” and a few were dressed to the theme!

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The players were decked out in their specialty themed jerseys, which were chosen by our FanFebruary winner Kyle Spiak.

PITCHERS WEARING NICKELODEON JERSEYS

Prior to the game, five different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including seven-year-old Cardiac Kid Eliana Clem, Condon Lyons of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, CEO of the Mohawk Hudson Human Society Brad Shear, MLB Pitch, Hit & Run participant Tyler Witazek, and FanFebruary winner Kyle Spiak.

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John and Jared Luscier sang the national anthem, delivering an amazing performance following the ceremonial first pitches.

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Then the ‘Cats played, winning the game versus the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters, 13-1, led by two five-run innings and an amazing pitching performance by Enrique Chavez.

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

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Sponsors at the game included Upstate Ford and the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The ValleyCats finish the home stand tonight with the game three of the series against the Lake Monsters! It is Dark Tuesday and there will be track themed events throughout the night! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

Sunday Funday: July 24, 2016

The second ValleyCats Sunday Funday of the 2016 season was an awesome day of recreation and relaxation! Over 4,000 people made it to “The Joe,” and many participated in the pregame festivities!

Gates opened for fans at 3 p.m., with our Summer Reading Program beginning at 3:30. Pitchers Dustin Hunt and Sebastian Kessay read If You Give a Pig a Party to a group of excited fans! 7 24 16 SUMMER READING PROGRAM KESSAY HUNT

After the summer reading, families enjoyed a pregame, on-field catch.

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Prior to the game, six different people threw out ceremonial first pitches to the ValleyCats batboy Charlie with SouthPaw working as the umpire, including Dr. Nancy Cavotta, Dr. Jen Charlesworth and Dr. Dan Caban of Where Smile’s Grow.

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Charlie Peterson performed the national anthem, delivering a beautiful rendition following the ceremonial first pitches.

7 24 16 CHARLIE PETERSON NATIONAL ANTHEM

Then the ‘Cats played, winning the game versus the visiting Vermont Lake Monsters, 6-5, on a two-run, walk-off single from right fielder Carmen Benedetti.

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

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After fans received their autographs, we had the “Kids Run the Bases!”

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As fans exited “The Joe” they were given Noble Gas Sunday Funday balloons!

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Sponsors at the game included Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition, Ford, MVP Health Care, New York Life, Rensselaer County, Eddy Daybreaks, CLYNK, UP17, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Dave & Buster’s, Where Smiles Grow and St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Care Center.

The ValleyCats continue the home stand tonight with the game two of the series against the Lake Monsters! It is Nickelodeon Night and the players are wearing special themed jerseys! First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.! Tickets are available via tcvalleycats.com/tickets, by calling us at (518) 629-2287, or by walking up to the box office!

First Sunday Funday 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Wars Night 2016!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas in July 2016!

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

Santa and his elf Buddy.

Santa and his elf Buddy.

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

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

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

Santa Claus with one of the ValleyCats younger fans.

Santa Claus with one of the ValleyCats younger fans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The GE Ventures representative throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

The GE Ventures representative throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!

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

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

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

Rich Gervais sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

Rich Gervais sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bark in the Park: July 6, 2016

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

A pair of ValleyCats fans with their humans!

A pair of ValleyCats fans with their humans!

A pair of 'Cats fans with their furry friend!

A pair of ‘Cats fans with their furry friend!

Some ValleyCats fans enjoying the picnic area with their pooch!

Some ValleyCats fans enjoying the picnic area with their pooch!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelli Trippany sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

Kelli Trippany sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.

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

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

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

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

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

Independence Day presented by Combined Insurance

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

One of the ValleyCats patriotic season ticket holder couples!

A couple of the patriotic ValleyCats season ticket holder!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsors at the game included Combined Insurance and Upstate Ford.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Veterans / Military Appreciation Night: June 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Promotional Recap June 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capitaland Chorus sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

Capitaland Chorus sang an amazing rendition of the national anthem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Promotional Recap June 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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