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June 2, 2009 - 3:49pm

Looking for Host families for Batavia Muckdogs!

posted by Russ Salway.

I have volunteered to help find host families for the Batavia Muckdogs this coming season. Were looking for people who live within the city that would be interested in having a player or two stay with them this season.  The players would basically be renting a room from you with kitchen and bathroom privledges.  If your interested please contact me by email at russsalway@verizon.net  The players will be arriving the weekend of June 13th and 14th.  I personally have been a host family for five years now and its been a very rewarding experience.  Let's not forget we almost lost this team a year ago and we ended up keeping them and winning the NY-Penn league championship! The season starts Friday June 19th with fireworks after the game! Let's fill the stands this season and make it a record breaking year!!! Let's Go Muckdogs!   

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I wish I had room. I'm sure it is a great experience. However, I DO plan to be at the opening game, come hell or high water. I may not have the car that night, if so I may just be begging for a ride to the game.
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Bea, feel free to let me know if you need a ride. I'd be more than happy to make sure you make it to opening day. Russ, unfortunately right now we only have enough rooms for us and our kids. Be sure that when my wife and I have available bedrooms we would be excited and happy to help out.
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Thanks Tim.
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I am interested but have some questions. I'll ask them after I hear if my fiance approves or not.
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Peter, I had the opportunity to speak to several of the host families last year. To a person, they all were very positive about the experience. In fact, the only complaint I heard was the disappointment that the boys would be leaving immediately after the last game was played. They weren't quite ready to let them go. You can almost tell who, in the stadium, are host famlies. They cheer with gusto...as if it were their own sons on the field.
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These are the questions I just sent to Russ Do the rooms need to be furnished? Will the players have their own transportation or do we need to give them rides? How long do they stay? I am unfamiliar with this level of baseball, how often do they get called up? Do we provide food and other things for them?
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Bea, are you still using the same e-mail address? If not send it to me at timpaineforbatavia@yahoo.com so we can coordinate anytime you might need a ride. GO DOGS!
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Tim, When is your next business story coming?
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I want to thank everyone who has responded to this posting. I have received a few leads and hope a few more do come in. Please feel free to mention hosting to your friends, co-workers...etc. You can also give them my email address. I sure do enjoy cheering for the players that have stayed with me over the years! I hope we can make this a record breaking attendance year and have the team around for many years to come! Thanks again, Russ

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