Fans Show Support as Ravens Win at City Council Meeting

October 29, 2002 - Eastern League (EL1)
New Haven Ravens News Release

A special thank-you is in order all of the Ravens fans that showed up at the West Haven City Council meeting on Monday night. The overflow of fans, which forced the meeting to be moved to a larger room, helped convince the council to grant the Ravens a real estate tax abatement that is crucial to the franchise’s future. The Ravens had been the only Minor League team in America that was subject to a real estate tax. Several fans took the time to speak on behalf of the Ravens, and the proposal passed with an overwhelming majority of the votes.

A thank-you is also in order for all the members of the newly-formed Ravens Booster Club that showed up to help paint the concourse on Sunday. A photo gallery of the event is now available at The project will continue on each of the next two Sundays (9:00 to 1:00), and all are welcome to join. For more information on joining the Ravens Booster Club, please contact President Mark Sackler at [email protected]. Joining the booster club is a great way for you to show your support for the Ravens.

There is still time to reserve your spot at the Ravens’ first-ever Fall Baseball Luncheon featuring Toronto Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi. The luncheon, presented by the New Haven Register, News/Talk 960 WELI, and 1300 AM "The Zone", will be held on Friday, November 1 at 12:00 at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Temple Street by the New Haven Green. The Ravens, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Community Health Charities will have a very special announcement at the event. Sikorsky President/Community Health Charities Chairman Dean Borgman and Community Health Charities President Kevin Canavan are both expected to attend. Other notables on the guest list are New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, West Haven Mayor Richard Borer, Yale President Richard Levin, and Yale Athletic Director Tom Beckett. In addition to lunch, there will be a raffle, a question and answer session, and autograph opportunities. Tickets are available for $25 individually or $225 for a table of ten. Please contact Ticket Sales Manager Shawn Campbell at (203) 782-1666 x. 11 ASAP to order.

New Haven Ravens General Manager Adam Schierholz has been out and about in the local community throughout this offseason. His most recent stop, last Monday, was at Fellowship Place of West Haven for the organization's CT Mental Health Awareness Softball League banquet. Fellowship Place is a supportive community promoting mental health and recovery. The league has been around since 1989, and this year's Fellowship All-Stars went 19-1, overcoming a three-run deficit on a grand slam homerun in their final at-bat to win the Championship. Ravens mascot Rally has also been busy in the community, including an appearance at the Allingtown Voter Registration Drive and the March of Dimes walk a week ago.

More pieces of Ravens history are up for bid on eBay. Three game-worn jerseys -- for outfielders CoCo Crisp, Luis Garcia and So Taguchi -- are available through Friday. Crisp started this past season with the Ravens before being dealt to the Indians in the Chuck Finley deal. Garcia was also a part of that trade. Taguchi signed with the Cards this past season after a ten-year career in Japan. Here are the links to the auctions: Crisp: Garcia: Taguchi: You can also access the auctions, and prices on other jerseys, at the Ravens’ website,

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