Baseball season is here, and the ValleyCats are gearing up for yet another fantastic season! The team recently announced the recipients of its annual field renovation project and the details for National Anthem tryouts, both of which are happening soon. They’ve also revealed their special promotions for the season, and we can expect a very special trophy to visit “The Joe” come August.
ValleyCats Help Out Youth Baseball & Softball Leagues With Improved Fields
The ValleyCats are giving back to the community once again with their 8th annual “4 in 24” Field Renovation Project! This year the event is taking place on April 11th. The project involves the ValleyCats, BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Hannaford Supermarkets, and others working together to renovate four youth baseball fields.
The recipients of this year’s renovations are the American Little League in Albany, the Cairo-Durham Little League, Scotia-Glenville Girls Softball, and Round Lake Malta Youth Baseball.
Renovations are to include new sod, a new pitcher’s mound, new home plate areas, new bases, a pitching rubber and home plate installation, and the baselines will be cut to specific standards – these improvements are for the baseball fields, and the softball field will receive similar upgrades.
To date, the ValleyCats have renovated and improved over 30 fields through this innovative project.
Are You a Singer? Try Out to Sing the National Anthem!
National Anthem tryouts for the ValleyCats will be held on April 14th at Crossgates Mall. The contestants will be judged based on sound quality, stage presence, and song accuracy. You can audition as an individual or with a group, and the top five finalists will have their performances taped to be voted on online by fans.
The top vote recipient will have the opportunity to perform at Opening Night or the 4th of July, which are the biggest nights of the year at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The remaining finalists will get the chance to sing on another night during the season.
Seasonal Promotions Announced
You can expect 15 fireworks shows, four specialty jerseys, and two bobblehead giveaways during the ValleyCats’ 2018 season, along with the return of many fun theme nights!
The four specialty jerseys will be military-themed jerseys for Military Appreciation/Veterans Night on June 28th, Harry Potter-themed jerseys for Harry Potter Night on July 18th, Make-A-Wish-themed jerseys for Wishes are Out of This World on July 29th, and USA hockey-themed jerseys for Hockey Night on August 21st. As per usual, the jerseys will be auctioned off after the games.
The two bobblehead giveaways will honor current members of the ‘Cats parent club, the Houston Astros. On July 24th, the first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of 2017 American League MVP Jose Altuve who played with the ValleyCats in 2009. Then on August 15th the first 1,500 fans will receive a bobblehead of 2017 World Series MVP George Springer, who played with the ValleyCats in 2011.
See the World Series Championship Trophy at The Joe
The ValleyCats will be hosting the Astros’ 2017 World Series Championship trophy on August 3rd when they take on the Lowell Spinners during Boots, BBQ & Baseball Night. This will be a special tribute night to the World Series Champion Houston Astros.
Five former ValleyCats were on the Astros’ World Series roster: George Springer, Jose Altuve, Cy Young Award Winner Dallas Keuchel, Joe Musgrove, and Derek Fisher, who scored the winning run in Game 5.
The ValleyCats franchise has been affiliated with the Houston Astros since 2001, and are currently their longest tenured minor league affiliate.
Check the Schedule & Get Your Tickets Today
Tickets are currently on sale! Opening night is June 15th, when the ValleyCats face off against the Vermont Lake Monsters.