Manager Ed Romero has led the ValleyCats to the league finals in his first year managing here.
Romero has dealt with players suspended, promoted or pitchers shut down due to innings limits.
Quite a gauntlet of issues for any manager.Thanks Ed, for a job well done.
Conrad Gregor gets my vote for MVP of the 2013 ValleyCats. Little competition, if you ask me. He’s played a steady 1B all season and has appeared more confident as the season progressed.
Unfortunately the ‘Cats do not have the home field advantage for the finals, just like last year.
I want to see a championship won AT Joe Bruno Stadium not at some other team’s ballpark.
Tonight we root the ‘Cats to victory in the last home game of the season. See you there.
I saw it in George Springer, but he was only here for a moment. I see it in Tony Kemp. That spark that informs me he will someday be a major leaguer. I thought Hunter Pence and, to a lesser degree, Ben Zobrist would probably make it someday. Who could have imagined they would both be MLB All-Stars someday.
Kemp plays the game with a level of talent and confidence that impresses the heck out of me. He even coaches 1B with class.
What do you think?
Mike Yastrzemski’s pose when asked for a photo. He made a wisecrack to his teammates and then grabbed his crotch.
Guess he may have some issues about carrying a famous baseball name.
Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Boston legend Carl, visited THE JOE with his team, the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Mike did not cheerfully pose for this photo although he was asked politely.
What a road trip! Undefeated in 6 games. Quality pitching combined with timely hitting.
Manager Ed Romero has been pressing the right buttons. After their 2-4 homestand, the ValleyCats kicked things into gear and return to THE JOE with a 6 game winning streak.
The last homestand included 2 walkoff victories! Some years we see no walkoff wins, so they should be noted. Also the much-heralded arrival of P Mark Appel to start his pro career provided a great distraction to the players, I am sure.
There can be little doubt that the ValleyCats are a favorite to win the NYPL Championship this year, but those 2 of 3 playoff series can be a challenge for any team.
Enjoy all the quality ballplayers that the Astro organization has brought to Troy. A good number of them will be playing in the Major Leagues in several years, you know it.
Pre-game strategy session down the LF line.
ValleyCats stormed C Luis Alvarez after his WALK-OFF STRIKE OUT! He tried to run away but had expended too much energy running to 1B.
Lin leads off 3rd base after his lead-off triple.
Becoming a pro baseball player. The dream of many. It is always refreshing to see those that succeed humbly accept their blessings.
Having dozens of motorcycles revving their engines and departing the field during your warm-up pitches can only raise your adrenaline level. Never saw anything like it at any park. Fantastic. Honor the Warriors.