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Fall Classic Sale price list

Here’s a list of items that will make up the memorabilia part of Saturday’s Fall Classic Memorabilia & Merchandise Sale:

Batting helmets: $10.00
Skull caps:$10.00
Game-worn hats:$5.00
Game-worn pants: $15.00
Belts: $1.00
Socks: $1.00/pair
Blue Jays toques: $5.00
Catcher’s masks: $20.00
Chest protectors: $20.00
Shin guards: $10.00
Blue Jays large equipment bags: $25.00
Blue Jays small equipment bags: $10.00
Batting practice jerseys (game-worn): $20.00
Batting practice jerseys (new): $25.00
Uniform name plates: $5.00
Locker name plates: $1.00
Baseballs: $2.00
Bats: $10.00

The Whistlestop Souvenir Store will also be open with a variety of new Washington Nationals merchandise including hats and even stuffed George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevlet dolls from the Nats’ famous Presidents Race!

Visit us at Collectorsfest on Sunday

The Chiefs will have a table at Collectorsfest 49, which will take place this Sunday, October 19, in the Horticulture Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. The show runs from 10am – 4pm and more information can be found on CNY Promotions’ web site.

We’ll be selling coupon books, Chiefs & Nats hats, team card sets, yearbooks and more. The 2009 schedule cards are in, so be sure to pick one up while you’re there.

Chiefs will be well represented in MLB playoffs

The Major League Baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday and six of the participating teams (plus the potential AL Central Champion White Sox) will have two former Syracuse players on their bench.

The Angels and Twins are the only teams without a former Chiefs player, which doesn’t bode well for fans in Anaheim and Minnesota – 14 of the last 15 World Series winners have had at least one former Chiefs player on the roster. The only exception was the 2003 Florida Marlins. However the Marlins’ hitting coach that season was former Chiefs outfielder Bill Robinson.
Here’s a list of the former Chiefs who will be participating in this year’s playoffs:

Boston Red Sox
Kevin Cash
Mike Timlin
Chicago Cubs
Chad Gaudin
Reed Johnson
Chicago White Sox
Don Cooper (Pitching Coach)
Dewayne Wise
Los Angeles Dodgers
Casey Blake
Jeff Kent

Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush
Garth Iorg (3B Coach)

Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Eyre
Jayson Werth

Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe Gross
Eric Hinske

Konopka to throw first pitch, sign autographs tonight

Konopka, White 4.jpgSyracuse Crunch captain Zenon Konopka will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s 7:00 pm game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Konopka will also sign autographs for fans on the concourse outside the Whistlestop Souvenir Store during the game.
Konopka, 27, appeared in 62 games for the Crunch last season, tallying 24 goals, 31 assists and 194 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 3 games for Columbus last season, picking up 15 penalty minutes.

Our Green is Staying!

Do you own one or both of these two shirts?

If you do and you’re not sure what you’re going to do with it now that Donte’ Greene is headed to the NBA, we’ve got a solution for you: Wear your shirt to the Chiefs’ 7:15 pm game against Toledo on Thursday night and you’ll get in for free!
Even better yet, trade your shirt in at the Whistlestop Souvenir Store during the game and we’ll give you the shirt below for FREE!

Fan feedback on Ladies Night

IMG_0442.JPGWe received the following email earlier today from Patricia Rubacky:

“Last Friday night’s game ‘Ladies Night’ was the best organized and done promotion I have ever seen the Chiefs do.  Everyone involved should get high praise.  It was excellent!  It’s the standard by which all Chiefs promotions should set out to be!  Great Job to all!”

Thanks for the feedback, Patricia.  Glad you enjoyed the night.

Have a comment or suggestion for us?  Send an email to or leave a comment here on the blog.


CNBC’s Darren Rovell is in search of Minor League Baseball’s best logo. 

The Chiefs are locked up with the Jamestown Jammers in a first round matchup and we need YOUR VOTE to advance to the next round!

Voting ends at 9 am on Saturday, March 15 (that’s tomorrow), so hurry up and vote and be sure to tell all of your firends.

Chris Carpenter on Wheaties box

WheatiescarpenterHas anyone seen former Chiefs pitcher Chris Carpenter on the front of the newest Wheaties box? 

It’s pretty cool to stand in the cereal aisle at the grocery store and see the picture of a guy who played in Syracuse on his way to a successful Major League career.  You can’t say that about Tony the Tiger, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun, or Cap’n Crunch. 

Carpenter will go down in Chiefs history for taking the mound in the first game at Alliance Bank Stadium on April 3, 1997, but more recently has made a name for himself by capturing the 2005 NL Cy Young Award and helping the Cardinals to the 2006 Word Series Title. 

Playing Surface

Our good friends Bud Poliquin & Sean Kirst have suggested in the last few days that natural grass would make Alliance Bank Stadium much more fan friendly.

To set the record straight, the SkyChiefs agree with both Bud & Sean and would welcome the return to the days at MacArthur Stadium when the sight and smell of grass made the fan experience complete.

However, when the stadium was constructed in 1997, our local leaders (both county and state) promised the community a multi-purpose stadium in exchange for taxpayer dollars.  The multi-purpose events were to include:  baseball, football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, etc, during the months of March – November.

By changing over to all grass, community use would be cut back considerably with the months of October and November all but eliminated.

The Syracuse Chiefs, International League and the Toronto Blue Jays would all welcome natural grass and are not the roadblock in this debate. The Blue Jays four other minor league affiliates all play on grass, and after Scranton removes their artificial surface this fall, Syracuse will be the only artificial field in the International League.

With the surface at Alliance Bank Stadium in dire need of replacement it’s up to Onondaga County leaders to take the next step.

MLB Post-Season

The Major League Playoffs begin today and many former Syracuse players will be in action as well as local product Jason Grilli for the Tigers.

National League:

Los Angeles:  P Giovanni Carrara (1995-96), P Mark Hendrickson (2001-03), IF Jeff Kent (1992) and OF Jayson Werth (2002-03). 

NOTES: Werth missed the entire 2006 season after having surgery on his wrist. Carrara was told by Dodgers Manager Grady Little after the final regular season game that he will not be on the playoff roster.  Former NBA player Hendrickson who started in 25 of his 31 appearances this season will pitch out of the Dodgers bullpen.

New York: IF Carlos Delgado (1991, 94-95, 98, 04-05), OF Shawn Green (1994) and IF Chris Woodward (1998-01). 

NOTES:  Two members of Blue Thunder from the 1994 season, Green and Delgado, are wearing a different shade of blue these days.  I’m sure a lot of Central New York fans will be pulling for the Mets in the NL. 

San Diego:  P Scott Cassidy (1998, 2001-03), P David Wells (1986-88), P Woody Williams (1990-96), Bullpen Coach Darrel Akerfelds (1985-86) and Hitting Coach Merv Rettenmund.

NOTES:  The Padres have yet to announce their playoff roster and local product Cassidy is probably on the bubble but according to the Padres website, he will travel with the team during the playoffs regardless.  The ageless wonder Wells is schedule to start Game 3 and Williams is scheduled to start Game 4.  Rettenmund was a roving hitting instructor for the Blue Jays from 2003-2005 and made many visits to Syracuse.  If the name sounds familiar he also endorse the Hit-A-Way that you probably seen so many commercials for a few years ago.

St. Louis: P Chris Carpenter (1997, 2002) and 1st Base Coach Dave McKay (1979)

NOTES:  Carpenter has gone from throwing out the first ever pitch at Alliance Bank Stadium to one of the best pitchers in baseball and will start Game 1 today.

American League:

Detroit: Third Base Coach Gene Lamont (1965)

NOTES:  I’m sure a lot of patrons at the Change of Pace will be torn between their beloved Yankees and their beloved adopted son Jason Grilli.

Minnesota:  OF Shannon Stewart (1996-97, 2003)

NOTES: Stewart is on the 60-day DL and will not play.  The rest of the Twins roster you probably saw play for Rochester this year, including Boof Bonser who went from starting Opening Day versus the SkyChiefs to starting Game 2 of the Playoffs versus Oakland.  Even Rochester PR Director Chuck Hinkel has joined the Twins for the playoff run.

New York:  IF Miguel Cairo (1996), P Cory Lidle (2003) and Pitching Coach Ron Guidry (1975-76)

NOTES:  Lidle will pitch out of the bullpen unless the Big Unit is unable to go. Cairo is on the playoff roster.

Oakland: P Chad Gaudin (2005), P Estaban Loaiza (2002) and C Adam Melhuse (1997-99)

NOTES:  Gaudin made the most of his opportunity in Oakland after being traded this off-season and is one of the A’s reliable middle inning options.


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