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August 23, 2011 - 12:06pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in baseball, muckdogs, Lions Club, kids, raffle, bikes, giveaway.

The Lions Club of Batavia gave out more than 100 tickets to kids attending the Muckdogs game Monday night for a bike raffle and giveaway. Two bikes were given away, one to a girl and one to a boy.

Lions Club President John Murray throws out the first pitch

Lions Club President John Murray throws out the first pitch at Monday night's second game of the Muckdogs double-header.

Lions Club President John Murray with drawing winners, 11 year old Joe Biaselli of Lyndonville and 8 year old Olivia Costley of Batavia

Lions Club President John Murray with drawing winners, 11-year-old Joe Biaselli, of Lyndonville, and 8-year-old Olivia Costley, of Batavia.

Press release from the Lions:

On Monday, Aug. 22, members of the Batavia Lions Club gathered at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia for its 36th annual Lions Night at the Ballpark as the hometown Muckdogs played the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

The evening featured several highlights including a free raffle for two brand-new bikes to two lucky local kids holding the winning tickets and an opportunity for several seniors and veterans to attend the game and be treated to hotdogs and refreshments -- all free of charge and paid for by the Batavia Lions Club.

The Lions Club invited several senior citizens from local area nursing homes, which included the federal and New York state veterans facilities located in Batavia. Each attendee was treated to a hot dog or hamburger, fries and a soda. They also had the special treat of watching a double-header on a beautiful summer evening.

Lion Gerry Maley was again responsible for all arrangements with the ball club and, along with Lions Dave Cutitta and Dom Lovria, for the bike raffle. Lion Dr. Ross Fanara and his wife, Shirley, made all arrangements with the five nursing homes/veterans’ facilities to bring more than 50 seniors to the ballpark.

The Batavia Lions Club would like to thank all of the Muckdog staff, especially General Manager Travis Sick and Ticket Manager Mike Ewing along with the activities directors from the Batavia VA Medical Center, New York State VA Nursing Home, Genesee County Nursing Home, Batavia Nursing Home, and the Le Roy Village Green Nursing Home for helping make this a very enjoyable evening for all. 

See you next year at the ballpark!

August 6, 2011 - 5:11pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in baseball, muckdogs.

August 2, 2011 - 9:21pm
posted by Gretel Kauffman in muckdogs, meet the muckdogs, virgil hill.

Sorry for the shaky camera!

June 6, 2011 - 2:55pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, sports.

Here's a press release from the Muckdogs.

The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise, have released their 2011 promotional schedule featuring fireworks, giveaways, special events, theme nights and daily promotions.

The fun will kick off two days prior to Opening Day with the 2nd annual pre-season “Pep Dog Rally” on Wednesday June 15th starting at 6 p.m. This free event will be fans’ first chance to meet this year’s team. The night will feature games for the kids, local mascots, and prizes and raffles throughout the night.

A particular highlight of the evening will be a wiffle ball homerun derby that anyone can participate in. Fans can sign up to participate as they enter the ballpark and we will pick, at random, four children and four adults to participate. These participants will compete in a wiffle ball homerun derby on the field. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

The Muckdogs will again offer fans a daily menu of money-saving promotions available throughout the season.

The Daily News will continue to sponsor Muckdog Mondays. Every Monday home game, fans can receive a $1 discount off a General Admission ticket when they redeem a coupon that runs in the Saturday edition of The Daily News.

On Tuesday nights, KRAFT Singles presents KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets. Fans can bring a KRAFT Singles wrapper to the Muckdogs box office for a buy one - get one free ticket from KRAFT Singles. Visit kraftsingles.com for more details.

The Family Four Pack will take place on every Wednesday during the 2011 season and is presented by M&T Bank. Fans can purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12 oz. sodas and a 2011 program for only $30, a savings of $14.

Thursday features a new addition to the lineup. This year, every Thursday home game, the first 100 kids will eat for free courtesy of The Williams Law Firm. Each child will receive a coupon for a free hot dog, soda and snack item.

Fireworks will again light up the sky after every Friday night game at Dwyer Stadium, as well as on the annual Independence Day celebration on July 4th. Every Saturday will feature a pre-game concert in the concourse.

These “Rock the Ballpark” events feature Papa and Mama Root, an oldies rock-and-roll tribute band, and original music recording artists. They are presented by: Tim Horton’s of Batavia; New Buffalo Impact; LowPriceChoice.com; and Energy Efficiency Training Center. All performances begin at 6 p.m. and are weather permitting.

At Sunday home games, kids can run the bases with Homer after the game courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurant in Batavia. Every child who runs the bases with Homer receives a free coupon to Bob Evans Restaurant. Also on Sundays, the Muckdogs have partnered with HCR Home Care and the Batavia Bus Service for a Sunday Senior Bus Service. This will provide free transportation from several local senior living centers to and from all Sunday home games.

Other games of note on the 2011 promotional schedule include:

  • Opening Day/Fireworks/Magnet Schedule Giveaway/Inflatable Bat Giveaway -- Friday, June 17th
  • Father’s Day/Prostate Cancer Awareness Day with Specialty Cap Auction/Post-Game Catch on Field -- Sunday, June 19th
  • Independence Day Celebration Fireworks -- Monday, July 4th
  • Frisbee Giveaway -- Friday, July 8th
  • Bark in the Park -- Sunday, July 17th
  • Team Photo Giveaway -- Saturday, Aug. 6th
  • Buffalo Sabres Legend Rob Ray Autograph Appearance -- Tuesday, Aug. 9th
  • Star Wars Night -- Saturday, Aug. 13th
  • Water Bottle Giveaway -- Monday, Aug. 22nd
  • Stache Bash -- Wednesday, Aug. 24th
  • Ryan Howard Collectible Coin Giveaway -- Thursday, Aug. 25th (with coupon from Batavia Downs Casino)
  • Chase Utley Collectible Coin Giveaway -- Saturday, Sept. 3rd (with coupon from Batavia Downs Casino)

Fireworks Nights will be as follows: June 17th, July 4th, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th, Aug. 5th, and Aug. 12th.

The Muckdogs open their 2011 home schedule on Friday, June 17th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. For a complete 2011 promotional schedule, go to www.muckdogs.com or call the Muckdogs office at (585) 343-5454.

June 1, 2011 - 5:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, baseball, muckdogs, sports.

Here's a news release from the Batavia Muckdogs.

The Batavia Muckdogs today announced a ticket sales promotion, allowing fans the opportunity to win some great autographed sports memorabilia. Between today and June 15, fans who purchase one of four different ticket options, will be entered into a random drawing to win autographed items from past and present baseball stars!

Highlighting the promotion, any fan who purchases a season ticket between by June 15, will be entered into a drawing to win a baseball signed by former Muckdog and current Major League All-Star Ryan Howard for each seat purchased. Therefore, any fan who purchases four (4) season seats will be entered four times.

The Muckdogs are also offering chances to win other great items for fans purchasing mini-plans, coupon books and Opening Day tickets between now and June 15. Items for these ticket options are listed below:

  • Mini-plan purchases (either “Best of the Best” or “Friday Fireworks” packages) will be entered to win a baseball signed by former American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.
  • Coupon book purchases (either box seats or general admission) will be entered to win a baseball signed by 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels.
  • Fans who purchase a ticket to Opening Day, June 17th, will be entered to win a baseball signed by former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Lou Pinella.

Fans can purchase any of these ticket options by calling the Muckdogs box office at (585) 343-5454 or by visiting in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the promotion, fans can call the Muckdogs front office at (585) 343-5454.

The Muckdogs open the 2011 season at Dwyer Stadium on Friday, June 17 against the Auburn Doubledays. Single game tickets for the Home Opener and all 38 Muckdogs home games are currently on sale.

May 27, 2011 - 1:38pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend the Second Annual Pre-Season “PEP-DOG RALLY."

Our Batavia Muckdogs Baseball season is only a few weeks away and we NEED your help!

On Wednesday, June 15, just two days before the Season Home Opener, the stadium will be open to the community. We need YOU to come out and get our Batavia Muckdogs PEPPED up for the 2011 season.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be fun for the entire family. There will be games for the kids, local Mascots, and food concession for you to get your ball park favorites. The merchandise stands will also be open for you to gear up for the season.

Be the first to meet this year’s players!  They will be available to sign autographs and chat with the fans.  

Prizes and raffles will be given throughout the night, including valuable sports memorabilia such as: an 8x10 autographed picture of Nick Markakis; an autographed bat by Hall of Famer Earl Weaver; autographed baseballs by Ryan Howard, Lou Piniella, Jimmy Rollins, Tim McCarver and many more.

Enjoy the music of "23 SkiDOO," a strolling ragtime band sponsored by the Genesee County Baseball Club.

The season opener is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at Dwyer Stadium.

May 14, 2011 - 2:57pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, muckdogs, sports.

Mark your calendars! Come and meet your 2011 Muckdogs on June 15. Admission is free. Be the first to meet this year's players, who will be available to sign autographs, take pictures and chat.

Gates at Dwyer Stadium open at 6 p.m. (rain date is June 16).

Come show your support for our Muckdogs and get "Pepped up" for the home opener on Friday, June 17!

FREE games for the kids and concession stands will be open.

Whiffle Ball Tournament -- Anyone in attendance can participate!

Prizes and raffles throughout the night, including valuable sports memorabilia.

Live, strolling ragtime band called "23 SkiDOO" will perform, sponsored by the Genesee County Baseball Club.

For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Kelly J. Bermingham at 343-7440, ext. 26.

"Today a Batavia Muckdog...Tomorrow a St. Louis Cardinal."


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