July 17-22 Homestand Preview, Alumni Report

The Kane County Cougars, Class-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs, open a six-game homestand Wednesday against the Great Lakes Loons, a Los Angeles Dodgers farm team, and the Lansing Lugnuts, a Toronto Blue Jays farm team. The upcoming homestand includes the first of three Bark in the Park nights this season, Radio Disney Night on Friday, and three straight games with post-game fireworks shows. Tickets are available for each game on the upcoming homestand by calling (630) 232-8811 or online by clicking HERE.

 Wednesday 7/17    Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers farm team) 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)   WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Bark in the Park presented by Pet Supplies Plus
–           Bandanas for the first 250 dogs, courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus
–           Pre-game dog parade at 5:50 p.m.
–           Entertainment by the Fly Dogs
–           Pre-game performance by St. Charles Gymnastics
–           Honor Guard – Aurora Police Department
–           National Anthem – Danielle Rothe
–           Lucky seat prizes and contests for dogs throughout the evening
–           Fans and dogs can run the bases after the game

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Thursday 7/18       Great Lakes Loons
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Softee balls for the first 1,500 fans, presented by Union Pacific
–           Thirsty Thursday – $1 select beers, sodas and hot dogs from 5:30-8 p.m. presented by Miller Lite
–           Peanut-Free Night; no peanuts or peanut-related products will be available to benefit children with peanut allergies
–           Pre-game performance by the Geneva Park District Sunset Dancers and Angels Cheerleading
–           Color Guard – Cub Scout Pack 61
–           National Anthem – Eisenhower Jr. High Summer Band (Darien)
–           Take Me Out to the Ballgame – led by Concord Marketing Solutions
–           Post-game fireworks show presented by Miller Lite
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Friday 7/19             Great Lakes Loons
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Radio Disney Night
–           “W” Rally Towels for the first 1,500 fans, presented by Fox Valley Orthopedics
–           Pre-game Disney costume parade
–           Pre-game scouts parade
–           Baseball Buddies – St. Charles Rookie League Giants
–           National Anthem – West Towns Chorus
–           Take Me Out to the Ballgame – led by CTI Technology
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Saturday  7/20       Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays farm team)
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Drawstring Bags for the first 1,000 fans, presented by Firestone
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           Chicagoland Vintage Mustang Parade
–           National Anthem – Steve Spizzirri
–           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  7/21          Lansing Lugnuts
1 p.m. (gates open at 12 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (12:45 p.m.)

–           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
–           Kids Zoo passes for the first 1,500 kids age 14 and under, compliments of the Brookfield Zoo
–           Sunday Funday – free kid-friendly entertainment inside the ballpark sponsored by Dave and Buster’s
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           Live organ music by Nancy Faust
–           Take Me Out to the Ballgame – led by St. John UCC
–           Fans can run the bases after the game 

Monday 7/22          Lansing Lugnuts 
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Half-Price Monday sponsored by Meijer: $5 reserved seat tickets
–           National Anthem – Second Baptist Church (Elgin)
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Homestand Notes

Special Milestone: The Cougars are expected to welcome the 10 millionth fan in franchise history this week. Since its inception in 1991, the Cougars have been one of the top teams in terms of annual attendance throughout Minor League Baseball. Special recognition of the lucky fan is planned for this homestand. Welcomed at the gate by Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug and Ozzie T. Cougar, the 10 millionth fan will be showered with numerous gifts from the organization including a Cougars game-issued #10 jersey, a ceremonial first pitch before the game, an autographed team bat, and a 10-game customized ticket package for the 2014 season. The winning fan will also be recognized on the field following the game.

Give it Away: The first 250 dogs attending Bark in the Park on July 17 will receive a bandana, courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus. Union Pacific is presenting Thursday night’s game on July 18 and the first 1,500 fans will receive a softee ball. Friday night’s July 19 game, presented by Fox Valley Orthopedics, will provide a “W” rally towel for the first 1,500 fans. Firestone, presenting sponsor for Saturday’s July 20 game, will distribute drawstring bags for the first 1,000 fans and the first 1,500 children age 14 and under attending Sunday’s July 21 game will receive a kids zoo admission pass, courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo. 

Weekly Specials: Thursday’s July 18 game is a Thirsty Thursday with $1 select beers, small sodas and hot dogs available from when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. Sunday’s July 21 game is a Kids Eat Free Day, as children between the ages of 3 and 10 will receive a voucher at the stadium gates good for a kids hot dog and small soda. Monday’s July 22 game is a Meijer Half-Price Monday with $5 reserved seat tickets.

Be Entertained: The homestand includes three straight nights of fireworks shows (Thursday-Saturday), pre-game autograph sessions on Saturday and Sunday, appearances by the Zooperstars and Jesse White Tumblers on Saturday, live organ music and free kid-friendly entertainment on Sunday, and an appearance by the Radio Disney Road Crew on Friday. Pet Supplies Plus is sponsoring this year’s 2013 Bark in the Park dates, the first of which is Wednesday. Dogs are admitted onto the lawn area for free and activities include a pre-game dog parade on the field, lucky seat prizes courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus, and other in-game contests.

The Cougars (35-54, 5-18) wrapped up a six-game road trip last night with a 7-4 win over West Michigan. The team is currently 6.5 games behind Clinton and Peoria for the final Western Division playoff spot. The season concludes on Monday, September 2. Infielder Jeimer Candelario (pictured below) is tied for 3rd in the Midwest League with 26 doubles. Infielder Rock Shoulders is tied for 2nd in the league with 15 home runs. Infielder Dan Vogelbach has played in all 89 games and leads the team with 58 RBI. Infielder Gioskar Amaya has seen his batting average climb 30 points in the last month. Amaya is batting .270. Pitcher Michael Hamann has 2 saves and has not allowed a run in 4 appearances.

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Detroit infielder Miguel Cabrera (’01) is in the starting lineup for the American League in this evening’s Major League All-Star Game. Cabrera enters the break batting .365 with 30 home runs and 95 RBI, and leads Major League Baseball in batting average and RBI. Another former Cougar selected to this evening’s game, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz (’03), has 22 home runs. Boston pitcher Andrew Bailey (’07) has made 30 appearances out of the bullpen.  Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett (’98) has struck out 110 batters. San Francisco pitcher Santiago Casilla (’03-’04) has a 1.80 ERA. Washington pitcher Ian Krol (’10) has a 1.84 ERA out of the Nationals’ bullpen. Oakland pitcher Dan Straily (’10) is 6-2 with a 4.28 ERA.

Outfielder Javier Herrera (’05) was named Eastern League All-Star Game MVP, representing Double-A Richmond (San Francisco). Outfielder Jermaine Mitchell (’07) was signed by Minnesota from Philadelphia, and is batting .297 at Triple-A Rochester. Infielder Gregorio Petit (’05) is batting .304 with 40 RBI at Triple-A Tucson (San Diego). Pitcher Paul Smyth (’09) has a 2.61 ERA for Triple-A Sacramento (Oakland). Through 90 games at Double-A Midland (Oakland), infielder Anthony Aliotti is batting .348. Pitcher Kyle Smith (’12) is 5-4 with a 2.82 ERA at Class-A Advanced Wilmington (Kansas City).

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

Friday, July 19 from 11-11:30 a.m. – Cadence Health and Wellness Center (Geneva)  

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