If you’re like me and have been meaning to catch a River Cats game this season, now’s the time to do it! Next Thursday, August 18 they take on theÂ Albuquerque Isotopes, which promises to be a great night for several reasons:
1) The Isotopes are also the baseball team on the beloved animated sitcom, The Simpsons. You can make Simpsons jokes with your buddies all night while watching the game. Built in fun!
2) A volunteer from United Way California Capital Region will throw out the opening pitch, and folks from their Fit Kids project will lead the audience in the Seventh Inning Stretch–with prizes! Who doesn’t love a little community nonprofit support with their baseball? Both are truly all-American!
3) BBQ! United Way is hosting a saucy fundraiser of the most American kind during the game. They didn’t tell me if it’s brown sugar or honey-based, but I do know it will be slathered on meat. Albeit, they were not able to obtain Duff Beer. In consolation, there will also be live music.
In honor of tonight’s CGSO by the unfortuntely-hairstyled Tim Lincecum I’d like to belatedly post this photo I snapped at Sunday’s division-winning victory over the Padres. It was the first SF Giants game I had attended in a few years and it was one for the books.
USA Today found River Cats home Raley Field for its “10 great places for a baseball pilgrimage” list in today’s paper. The list, by Graham Knight of BaseballPilgrimages.com recognizes the great view and the lawn seating.
The ‘Cats start the season on the road Thursday, and the home opener is April 16 vs the hated Reno Aces.
Prep catchers and Andrew Susac (Jesuit) have yet to be taken in the draft. At this point (end of 2nd round) I would assume both young men will be college bound next year. UPDATE – The Oakland A’s drafted Stassi in the 4th round. So now the kid has to choose between turning pro or going to UCLA, and I would think the prospect of playing for a Norcal team might tip the scales toward joining the MLB. I gotta think signing bonuses for 4th rounders are not stratospheric.