Jose Altuve Bat Giveaway Night Recap
“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard…” a statement that Jose Altuve has proven to be very true. Since his time playing for the ValleyCats, he has worked hard to earn his spot on the Astros starting lineup and to be crowned the 2014 MLB Batting Champion. As a special tribute to the former ‘Cat, the first 1,500 fans at “The Joe” tonight were given full size Jose Altuve bats commemorating his batting title.
Before the game, the Hoosic Valley Baseball team was honored on field for winning the New York State Class C Baseball Championship. To kick off the game, Kris Ann Elario, Helen Blanchette, Kyle Schultz, Fleurtacious Design, Hoosic Valley Booster Club, Night of Champions First Pitch, Saratoga Eagle and Mark Quandt took to the field to throw out the first pitches. The Electric City Chorus followed the first pitches with the singing of the National Anthem.
Fans participated in on-field games like the Frozen T-Shirt Challenge, Sonic Musical Interlude, T-Shirt Toss and the Sam A. Lupo & Sons Speedie the Chicken challenge. The hot dogs were extra entertaining in the race as the fan-favorite batboy, Charlie, came out of the dugout and stopped Relish from winning because he was carrying Charlie’s Jose Altuve bat during the race.
The ‘Cats worked hard to grab their 5–4 win over the Black Bears. Leading the way offensively was Bobby Wernes and Aaron Mizell each going 2-for-4 at the plate. Right handed pitcher Trent Thornton pitched 5 innings and only allowed two runs on four hits. A combination of great offensive and stellar defensive gave the ‘Cats what they needed to win.
“The Joe” will be packed all weekend starting tomorrow with the last game in the series against the Black Bears and followed by a 3-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.