This is not your father’s baseball league. . . . The Valley Cats of Troy and the Hudson River Valley is a member of the Minor League Baseball League. What is that, you might ask? It is none the less a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in America where young players compete at levels A, AA, or AAA levels. Our “Cats” are A level. These hopeful future Major League players have opportunities for development and preparation to join a ML team.
These Minor League teams have learned the secret to lure the fans in on a lovely summer night and it is not old boring baseball! Last night, kids were free as guests of GE. Everyone received a glow stick and kids got free tee-shirts. There were car races, chanting, clapping, games, and free prizes thrown into the stands. So much fun the woman and children can forget where they are. My daughter, granddaughters, and I are fans only of the fun! We used to root for “outs”, to shorten the game, but now we are happy to see what comes next. Last night’s game went from 7- 10 PM which is LONG, I admit, but we knew fireworks were next. And the score was Valley Cats 8 – Lowell Spinners 4, so there was lots of scoring including several home runs.
If you live near a Minor League Team, do some research. Some teams have had 5 cent beer which turned ugly and one team had to forfeit the game because the fans were throwing the cups, movie theme nights, and Popsicle night to honor Ted Williams. The team in South Carolina has the record of the fewest fans – “Nobody Night” where the employees and players were in the park and there was a huge party in the parking lot for the fans with hot dogs and beer for the first half of the game!
Valley Cat Mascot holding last year’s champion trophy!
Husband’s arm, Henry, Alice, Katie, Grace and Scott!
Autographs! Who knows , maybe someday this kid will be famous !
Spectacular sunset. . . .
Tennis ball tossed from the stands for some wonderful prizes immediately after the game.
Lights off, crack the glow sticks. . . . let the fireworks begin !
Great fun for a whole evening at the price of a movie, a sold out crowd of 5000 people. . . . . . . check it out !
Do you go to baseball games? What teams do you follow? It is known as the “National Pastime”, do you agree? Do you think football ( soccer) will surpass baseball or even make a splash in the US?