June 11-16 Homestand Preview, Alumni Report

GENEVA, IL – The Kane County Cougars, Class-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs, open a six-game homestand Tuesday against the Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers). The upcoming homestand includes Superhero Night, Jimmy Buffett Night, Bark in the Park, a Thirsty Thursday, fireworks nights and Father’s Day festivities for the homestand finale on Sunday. Tickets are available for each game on the upcoming homestand by calling (630) 232-8811 or by clicking HERE.

Tuesday 6/11         Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels farm team)
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           National Anthem – HC Storm School (Batavia)
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Wednesday 6/12    Burlington Bees
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Bark in the Park presented by Pets Supplies Plus
–           Bandanas for the first 250 dogs, sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus
–           Pre-game dog parade at 5:50 p.m.
–           Pre-game performance by Excel Gymnastics
–           National Anthem – Hannah Beardsley Chorus (Crystal Lake)
–           Appearance by the Fly Dogs
–           Lucky seat contests during the game, sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus
–           Fans and dogs can run the bases after the game

Thursday 6/13                       Burlington Bees                                                                   6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Cougars rally towels for the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Country Financial
–           Superhero Theme Night
–           Pre-game superhero parade at 5:50 p.m.
–           Youth Baseball/Softball parade at 5:50 p.m.
–           National Anthem – Mattina Brass Ensemble (Sugar Grove)
–           Thirsty Thursday – $1 select beers, sodas and hot dogs from 5:30-8 p.m. presented by Miller Lite
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Friday 6/14             Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers farm team)        6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Jimmy Buffett Theme Night
–           Pre-game concert by Mr. Myers Band at 5:15 p.m.
–           National Anthem – Fox Valley Children’s Chorus
–           Honor Guard – Kane County Sheriff’s Department and Elburn Fire Department
–           Take Me out to the Ballgame – led by Costco Buying Office
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Saturday 6/15        Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Baseball card sets for the first 1,500 fans sponsored by Presence Mercy Medical Center
–           Live music by the Cubs Dixieland Band
–           Pre-game autograph session with Cougars players
–           Recognition of 2013 Cougars Midwest League All-Stars
–           National Anthem – Acappellago (Westmont)
–           In-game entertainment by the Zooperstars
–           Post-game performance by the Jesse White Tumblers
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Sunday 6/16           Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
1 p.m. (gates open at 12 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (12:45 p.m.)

–           Custom koozies for the first 1,500 adults 21+, sponsored by Miller Lite
–           Fans can play catch with Dad on the field at Noon
–           Father’s Day Brunch and Rooftop Picnic Buffet (reservations required)
–           Sunday Funday – free kid-friendly entertainment inside the ballpark sponsored by Dave and Buster’s
–           Kids Eat Free Day – all kids between the age of 3 and 10 will receive a voucher at the gates for a free hot dog and small soda
–           Pre-game autograph session with Cougars players
–           Live organ music by Nancy Faust
–           National Anthem – Melodeers Chorus
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Homestand Notes

Tons of fun closes 1st half of season: Family-friendly fun fills the homestand as the Cougars are hosting Superhero Night on Thursday, June 13. Fans can dress in costume, participate in a variety of in-game contests, and enjoy a post-game fireworks show set to superhero music. Friday’s June 14th Jimmy Buffett Night includes a pre-game concert by the Mr. Myers Band and a post-game Buffett-themed fireworks show. Fireworks shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pre-game autograph sessions will take place before Saturday and Sunday’s games next weekend. The Zooperstars (Saturday), Jesse White Tumblers (Saturday), Cubs Dixieland Band (Saturday) and Nancy Faust (Sunday) are all scheduled for next week’s homestand.

A Day for Dad: Sunday’s 1 p.m. Father’s Day game on June 16 includes two special all-you-can-eat brunches/picnics with grilled entrees, salads, side dishes, desserts and more (reservations required). All fans can play catch on the field beginning when the gates open at Noon.

Fans attending the Father's Day game on June 16 can play catch on the field beginning at Noon!

Fans attending the Father’s Day game on June 16 can play catch on the field beginning at Noon!

Kids Eat Free on Sunday: The Sunday, June 16th 1 p.m. game is a Kids Eat Free date. All children between the ages of 3 and 10 will receive a voucher at the stadium gates for a free hot dog and small soda. Kids Eat Free dates include every Sunday game through September 1st.

Thirsty Thursday: Fans attending the Thursday June 13th game can enjoy $1 select beers, small sodas and even hot dogs from when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Team News: The Cougars (26-30) are currently in Burlington, Iowa for a three-game series against the Bees and will conclude the road trip with a three-game set at Cedar Rapids through Monday. Entering play on Thursday, the Cougars are 6 games out of a first half playoff spot. The first half of the season ends on June 16. Infielder Rock Shoulders leads the Midwest League with 12 home runs. The single-season franchise record is held by Jason Stokes (’02) with 27 home runs. Infielder Dan Vogelbach is 3rd in the league with 220 at-bats and has played in each game for the Cougars this season. Pitcher Pierce Johnson is 2nd in the league with 65 strikeouts.  Outfielder Albert Almora is batting .429 through 12 games with the Cougars. Cougars selected to the Midwest League All-Star Game include Vogelbach, Shoulders, Bijan Rademacher, Tayler Scott, Felix Pena and Nathan Dorris. The game will be held on Tuesday, June 18 in Dayton.

Alumni News: Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera (’01 Cougar) leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.366), RBI (65) and is 3rd in home runs (17). Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Adrian Gonzalez (’01) is 7th in the National League with a .328 batting average and 5th in RBI with 43. Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett (’98) is 1st in the N.L. with 94 strikeouts. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ronald Belisario (’02) is tied for 2nd in the N.L. with 31 appearances. Washington pitcher Ian Krol (’10) made his big league debut on Wednesday evening.

Former Cougar ('10) Ian Krol made his major league debut with Washington on Wednesday night.

Former Cougar (’10) Ian Krol made his major league debut with Washington on Wednesday night.

Outfielder Corey Brown (’08) has 9 home runs at Triple-A Syracuse (Washington). Pitcher Sam Demel (’07) has a 1.23 ERA in 19 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees). Infielder Anthony Aliotti (’10) is batting .336 at Double-A Midland (Oakland) with 8 home runs. Outfielder Javier Herrera (’05) is batting .306 with 7 home runs and 35 RBI at Double-A Richmond (San Francisco). Pitcher Kyle Smith (’12) is 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA at Class-A Advanced Wilmington (Kansas City). (Statistics through games played on June 5)

Where’s Ozzie? Ozzie T. Cougar is scheduled to make upcoming appearances in the community at the following locations:

Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Raging Waves Water Park (Yorkville)

Sunday, June 9 from 12-1 p.m. – CVS (Cary)

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The Kane County Cougars are the Class-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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