Promo-packed homestand starts tomorrow
CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston RiverDogs begin a seven-game homestand Friday, June 9, at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park by hosting the Savannah Sand Gnats (Washington Nationals) at 7:05 pm. The Sand Gnats are in town for three games followed by the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) who will take on the RiverDogs in a four game series to round out the homestand. The RiverDogs close out their current road trip at Greenville Thursday night.
The three-game set against Savannah begins on Friday with a "GEICO Friday Night Fireworks." The game will feature a post-game fireworks extravaganza as well as the popular post game fortune cookie giveaway, as the RiverDogs continue their celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dog. In addition to the post game fireworks show the Clown Prince of Baseball, Myron Noodleman, will be on hand to entertain the crowd with his hilarious on-field antics. Friday is also a "Duke's Mayonnaise/Piggly Wiggly Family Night" as fans who bring a Duke's label or a Piggly Wiggly receipt showing the purchase of a Duke's product to the box office will receive a free general admission ticket. The game is also presented by The Drive at 100.5. Hershey's Kissables candy treats will also be distributed following all the games this weekend (while supplies last).
On Saturday night the RiverDogs will host the 7th Annual "Kindness Beats Blindness" Retinitus Pigmentosa Auction to benefit the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items as well as live auction items ranging from autographed merchandise from hall of famers, to a helicopter tour of the Lowcountry. The RiverDogs will wear authentic New York Yankees road jerseys for the game and following the game winning bidders will literally take the jersey off the back of the player and take it home as theirs. In addition to the auction, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive Bill Murray bobblehead dolls sponsored by Comcast. The dolls depict the comedian in the uniform of the Grays Harbor Loggers for whom Murray made his professional baseball debut in the summer of 1978. The gates open on Saturday at 6:00.
Sunday, June 11 is another Family Day presented by Charleston Parks & Recreation and the Charleston IMAX Theater. Family Sundays offer parents and children the opportunity to play catch on the field before the game, and kids are permitted to run the bases and secure autographs following the game. Additionally, the RiverDogs will welcome to the ballpark local school children who earned good grades and good attendance as part of the A.P.P.L.A.U.S.E. program. Sunday's game time is 4:05. Sunday is also Dog Day #2, offering dog owners an opportunity to take their four-legged friends to the ballpark. Sunday's game is also sponsored by 105.5 The Bridge.
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry SAL-style heats up again on Monday, June 12 as the Greenville Drive return to The Joe. Monday is a Dogs for a Cause night benefiting the American Heart Association. Game time is 7:05.
Tuesday, June 13 is another Harris Teeter "Two for Tuesday" as VIC card holders can present their card at the box office for a two for one ticket special. The RiverDogs and Drive will be wearing authentic batting practice jerseys of their parent club Yankees and Red Sox. The RiverDogs will also add some humorous elements to the game as they host "Backseat Drivers Night" sponsored by Cat Country 107.5 FM. The game begins at 7:05.
June 14 is another Burger King "Whopper Wednesday," as four lucky fans sitting in general admission seats will be instantly upgraded to the "King's Seats" behind home plate. The RiverDogs will honor retired Charleston Chief of Police Reuben Greenberg with "All Hail to Chief Greenberg Night." The Chief will be on hand to throw out a first pitch and a video montage will be on the video board and the RiverDogs will offer grilled reuben sandwiches at the ballpark. Wednesday is also "Baseball Bingo" night as the first all fans in attendance will be given bingo cards, and numbers will be called throughout the game for prizes. Wednesdays also feature $1 hot dogs, as part of the "Critical Weenie Wednesday" promotion, presented by 96 Wave.
The seven-game homestand closes on June 15 with a "Thirsty Thursday" presented by Wild Wing Café and 95 SX. Again there will be dollar drink specials at the Ashley View Pub. Thursday is also Disability Awareness Night as 250 tickets have been given to distinguished local Charlestonians who have aided local residents with disabilities. There will be a pre-game ceremony, courtesy of Mass Mutual and Exceptional Parent Magazine, as the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award will be awarded. On Thursday the RiverDogs will also be recognizing the Honorable Alex M. Sanders, Jr., the retired president of the College of Charleston and former Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Mr. Sanders will be on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the 7:05 game.
After the final homestand of the First Half the RiverDogs hit the road to take on Savannah for three games. The South Atlantic League All-Star Break runs from June 19-21 and the RiverDogs will be back in action beginning June 22 at Rome. The RiverDogs return to Charleston for an eight-game homestand beginning June 26. The Columbus Catfish (Los Angeles Dodgers) and the Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves) will each be in town for four games against the RiverDogs.
For more information or to order tickets to any RiverDogs game, please call 843/577-DOGS (3647) or log on to www.riverdogs.com.
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