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Former Chiefs pitcher Halladay to start for AL

Our congratulations go out to former Chiefs pitcher Roy Halladay who was chosen to start tonight’s MLB All-Star Game on the mound for the American League.

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Halladay, who appeared in a Syracuse uniform for parts of the 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001 seasons, is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA for Toronto this year.  This year marks the right-hander’s sixth All-Star selection and his first starting assignment.
The last Syracuse pitcher to start the mid-summer classic was Chris Carpenter who took the mound in 2005 for the National League.  Esteban Loaiza made one rehabilitation start for the Chiefs in 2002 then started the 2003 game for the AL as a member of the White Sox.
Three other former Chiefs pitchers from the Blue Jays era have also started the All-Star Game: David Wells (1998 & 2000 games), Jimmy Key (1994), and Dave Steib (1983 & 1984).
Former Chiefs infielder Aaron Hill (Halladay’s teammate in Toronto) also made the American league squad while former Chiefs Orlando Hudson (now with the Los Angeles Dodgers) and Jayson Werth (now with Philadelphia) are on the National League roster.  Our congratulations go out to those players as well.
Enjoy the game!

Tickets still available for Cooperstown Classic II

The Chiefs and Pawtucket Red Sox will wrap up their four-game series with a 2:00pm contest on Sunday, June 14 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY.

Tickets for the game are $16 for grandstand seating behind home plate, $11 for reserved bleacher seating along the first and third base lines, and $6 for reserved bleacher seating in the outfield.
We’ll be set up in the parking lot around 9:00am Sunday morning, so if you don’t have your tickets yet, you can pick them up at Doubleday Field.  Will Call ticket pick up will also be at Doubleday Field on Sunday beginning at 9:00am.  The Chiefs offices and ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium WILL NOT be open on Sunday.
If you purchased tickets for the bus trip to the game, the bus will depart Alliance Bank Stadium promptly at 7:00am.
The weather.com forecast for tomorrow afternoon in Cooperstown looks good.  See you at the game!

Smoltz tentatively scheduled for Friday

Thursday’s doubleheader with pawtucket has been postponed due to rain.  The games will be made up as part of doubleheaders on Friday, June 12 and Sunday, September 6.  Both doubleheaders will begin at 5:00pm.  

John Smoltz is expected to pitch game one tomorrow.  
Season ticket holders and fans who purchased tickets for tonight’s games should refer to the rain check policy on the back of their tickets.  Fans holding Newspaper in Education Night tickets can use their tickets on Friday or Saturday, June 12 & 13.  Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.
The Bud Light pre-game tailgate party that was scheduled for Friday has been postponed.  The next tailgate party will take place on Tuesday, June 16.

John Smoltz Expected to Rehab in Syracuse

All signs point to future Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz making a rehab start for Pawtucket at Alliance Bank Stadium next week. The Chiefs will host the PawSox June 11-14, and it looks like Smoltz will start one of the games in Thursday’s double-header.

The Pawtucket Red Sox have confirmed on their website that Smoltz will start for the team Friday, June 5 at McCoy Stadium. His next scheduled start would be June 10, which is an off-day, leaving him available to start June 11.

Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal reports that Smoltz “expects to throw 90 pitches or six
innings for the PawSox Friday at home against the Louisville Bats. His
second start would probably come the next Thursday, in a road
doubleheader against Syracuse.”

Smoltz last pitched on Sunday for Boston’s Single-A affiliate in Greenville. The following day, Bart Wright of GreenvilleOnline wrote that Smoltz will “fly to Detroit to meet the Red Sox for the start of their
three-game series there Tuesday, and then return with the team to
Boston before two more preparatory starts at Class AAA Pawtucket.”

Here’s another tidbit from PawSoxBlog.com: “Smoltz is expected to throw 90 pitches or 6 innings for Pawtucket
against the Bats (on Friday).  He will then make another Pawtucket start next week
in Syracuse before making his 2009 debut with the Red Sox.”

Tickets for all Syracuse Chiefs games can be purchased in person at the team’s ticket office at Alliance Bank Stadium, by calling 315-474-7833, or online.

Last Game of Homestand for Chiefs Tonight

The Syracuse Chiefs conclude an eight-game homestand tonight with their game against the Gwinnett Braves. Gwinnett’s starter, James Parr, will take on Syracuse’s J.D. Martin as the Chiefs attempt to split the four-game series at two games apiece.

First pitch is at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available through the Chiefs’ Ticket Office and can be purchased by calling (315) 474-7833. As part of Yellow Book Night, complimentary Level 300 General Admission tickets are available also from Yellow Book and its advertisers. You may also present a program from your place
of worship at the Chiefs Ticket Office and receive one complimentary
Level 300 General Admission ticket.

After the game, the Chiefs will be off for an eight-game road trip to take on Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Yanks and the Rochester Red Wings. They will not return to Syracuse until Thursday, June 11, when they will play a double-header against the Pawtucket Red Sox.The first game starts at 5:00p.m.

Don’t miss the Cooperstown Classic II on June 14. The Chiefs will take on the
Pawtucket Red Sox at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown at 2:00p.m.. Tickets
and packages that include Hall of Fame admission tickets and/or bus
transportation are available from the Chiefs Ticket Office.

Syracuse plays another double-header at 5:00pm against the Buffalo Bisons on Monday, June 15 before wrapping up the homestand against the Bisons the next day with a start time of 7:00pm.

Watch us on Tel-Auc

Members of the Chiefs staff will be helping out on WCNY’s TelAuc tonight from 8:30pm-11:30pm. We’ll be answering phones, updating bids, and running bids among other tasks.

There will be many great items donated by the Chiefs up for bid throughout the auction which runs until Sunday, May 3.

WCNY is Central New York’s own member-supported public broadcasting station. TelAuc generates vital funds to help WCNY continue its mission of providing quality programming and services to its viewers.

Bus trip to Washington, DC

Fan favorite program seller Jim Durkin has asked us to pass on some information about a bus trip to Washington, DC to see the Nationals take on the New York Mets. 

The trip will take place June 5-7 and the cost is $370 per person per double occupancy.  The price includes hotel and baggage handling for two nights, game tickets for Saturday and Sunday, and travel expenses.  The hotel is the Holiday Inn Capitol, which is located only minutes from the city’s most popular museums and monuments.

For more information, contact Jim or Rose Durkin at 668-8418 or jchief1@aol.com.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required.

 

What happens in Vegas…

Members of the Chiefs front office will be in Las Vegas this week for the Baseball Winter Meetings.

The Winter Meetings are best known for the Major League side of things where GMs get together and make trades, sign the big free agents, and draft the next Johan Santana in the Rule V Draft.  However, all 160 Minor League teams also gathr at the same time to conduct business.

Here’s a quick rundown of what goes on at the Minor League meetings…

Monday is the annual Freitas Seminar, which consists of lectures and roundtable discussions about the business of baseball.  Topics like ticket sales, media/public relations, marketing, merchandise, security, and fan experience are discussed.  The awards banquet also takes place on Monday with several awards going out to various Minor League teams, players, executives, and even groundskeepers.

On Tuesday, the International League conducts its annual meeting.  Also, Tuesday, there are a few breakout sessions, which are similar to Monday’s roundtable discussions, but limited to the IL teams.

On Wednesday, there is a joint triple-A meeting, where issues related to all IL and PCL teams are discussed.

The other big event that goes on throughout the meetings is the trade show.  The trade show is huge with vendors set up to sell promo items, entertainment acts, ticket software, batting cages, seats, concession items, etc.  Basically everything imaginable is on display at the trade show.

So that’s it in a nutshell, maybe not as exciting as signing CC Sabathia to a record contract, but probably just as important.

By the way, the Chiefs office is open this week, so if you still haven’t picked up your Entertainment Bailout Plan, Coupon Book, or Season Tickets, you can get that taken care of.

Photos from Nationals Park

As promised, here are some pictures from our trip to Nationals Park in Washington, DC…

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We’d like to thank the many people from the Nationals organization who took the time and went out of their way to make us feel so welcome. We’re looking forward to a great partnership!

Fall Sale items still available

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the Fall Sale this past Saturday.
We’ve gotten a few phone calls, emails, and comments to ask us what we have left, so a list is below.
Batting practice jerseys – $20

#40 – Brian Wolfe
#21 – Sean Stidfole
#34 – Bill Murphy
#18 – Danny Sandoval
#13 – Mike Gallo
#4 – Jorge Velandia
#12 – Jordan De Jong
#3 – Davis Romero
#23 – Doug Davis
#17 – Shawn Camp
Game-worn hats – $5
Wayne Lydon – black primary hat
Kane Davis – black primary hat
Tracy Thorpe – black primary hat
Brian Wolfe – gray batting practice hat
Al LeBoeuf – gray batting practice hat
Many, many more Chiefs & SkyChiefs hats in different styles and sizes
Game-used cracked bats – $10
Mike Lamb
Kevin Melillo
Brooks Kieschnick
There are quite a few locker room name plates ($1) and uniform name plates ($5) left – let us know if you are interested in a particular player.
We also have a very limited quantity of the following items: new batting practice jerseys ($25), batting helmets ($10), skull caps ($10), catcher’s masks ($20), chest protectors ($20), shin guards ($20), and equipment bags ($25).
We still have a pretty good supply of game-worn pants ($15), belts ($1), and socks ($1/pair).
If you’re interested in stopping by the ballpark to take a look, our normal business hours are Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, but we ask that you please call (315-474-7833) or email (baseball@syracusechiefs.com) to make an appointment.
Finally, there have been many recent inquiries about the availability of the white home jerseys that the team has worn for the last two years. Look for these jerseys and the black alternate jerseys to become available through our popular in-game jersey raffles during the 2009 season.
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