The ValleyCats open their home season at Joe Bruno Stadium tonight with a game against the Vermont Lake Monsters. First pitch is 7 pm -- as of this afternoon there were just a few tickets left for "berm" seating.
The Cats' first game of the season was this past Monday at Vermont. They'll be home Wednesday and Thursday, before going to Connecticut a three game series for the weekend. Then they have a long home stand next week. The season runs through early September.
Tickets for the ValleyCats are relatively cheap -- as low as $5.50 if you buy ahead ($6.50 on game day). And as with all minor league teams, there are always a bunch of promotions and special nights. Example: This coming Monday (June 25) is the ever popular (with dogs, at least) Bark in the Park night. And next Wednesday is 50 cent hot dog night.
The ValleyCats are a short season Single-A level farm team for the Houston Astros. A bunch of players who have ended up in the majors have spent time on the time. A few names you might recognize: Hunter Pence (now with Philadelphia), and Ben Zobrist (now with Tampa Bay).
And, of course, the Cats' manager again this year is the one and only Stubby Clapp.
Joe at The Joe: As mentioned earlier, Joe Bruno will be throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday's game. [Biz Review]
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