Sunday, December 11, 2016

Group Tickets for Riley Park Club Now Available

Group Tickets for Riley Park Club Now Available
Ultra-premium area now available to secure for groups of 10 of more

CHARLESTON, SC – A night at The Joe has been a favorite for groups of all sizes in the twenty year history of Charleston’s storied venue. With the addition of the Riley Park Club, the group experience at the ballpark will be elevated to new heights with breathtaking views of the scenic wetlands, an all-inclusive food and beverage experience, luxury furnishings, and an entirely new way to experience RiverDogs baseball.

Aided by the most significant building update in the history of Riley Park, the Charleston RiverDogs have announced that group tickets for parties of ten or more are now available for the Riley Park Club for the 2017 season.

“We’ve received a great response from the community and local businesses on the Club already,” said RiverDogs President and General Manager Dave Echols. “People around the Charleston community recognize the space as a one-of-a-kind entertainment option, and we expect group tickets to be a popular option at The Joe this year that our fans will really enjoy.”

Group tickets to the Riley Park Club include complimentary beer and wine and a first class food experience from a number of The Indigo Road’s restaurants, catered directly by Mercantile & Mash, including Oak Steakhouse and O-Ku sushi branded specialties. This all-inclusive ticket package is available for $90 with a minimum group size of ten. In addition to groups, fans can experience the Club this year with season ticket and flex voucher options also available.

Featuring a menu on par with the finest Charleston has to offer, the club’s convenient parking options and location right on the banks of the Ashley River make it a venue unique to anything available in the Lowcountry.

Designed by Charleston-based architectural firm LS3P in collaboration with BallparkDesignAssociates, the Club Level is being built by Mashburn Construction on the first base side of The Joe. The Club's interior will feature lounge seating steeped in Lowcountry elegance, a drink rail overlooking the field of play, and padded, stadium-style seats on the exterior. Patrons will enjoy breathtaking sunset views over the Ashley River wetlands through floor-to-ceiling glass encompassing the Club, which will extend over the marsh to accentuate one of the best vistas in Minor League Baseball.

Construction of the Club is expected to be completed by early March, in time to host open houses and inaugural events prior to the RiverDogs 2017 baseball season.

RiverDogs season tickets, half-season ticket packages and mini plans are now available for the 2017 campaign. The RiverDogs begin the season on April 6 when they host the Lexington Legends at Joseph P Riley, Jr. Park. Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at

RiverDogs, MiLB Make Contribution to SC Based Warrior Surf Foundation

RiverDogs, MiLB Make Contribution to SC Based Warrior Surf Foundation
Local charity that aids veterans to receive donation in honor of the RiverDogs

CHARLESTON, SC –Military families and baseball go hand-in-hand. For their continued efforts to support the local military community, the Charleston RiverDogs will have a contribution to the Warrior Surf Foundation donated on their behalf from Minor League Baseball after receiving the inaugural Chuck Murphy Patriot Award at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

“On behalf of Minor League Baseball Charities, it is an honor to present this donation on behalf of the Charleston RiverDogs to the Warrior Surf Foundation,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “The Warrior Surf Foundation was created by veterans for veterans and provides some of America’s true heroes the opportunity to reintegrate themselves back into life after serving our country. They are a worthy organization and I commend them on their efforts to better the lives of Armed Forces veterans.”

As part of their recognition for the newly minted award, MiLB will contribute $2,500 in the RiverDogs’ name to the South Carolina-based nonprofit that serves veterans dealing with post-combat mental health issues.

“On behalf of the Warrior Surf Foundation we would like to thank the Charleston RiverDogs and Minor League Baseball for their donation. Our program can only succeed with the help of our community. We are honored to have been chosen and feel great joy that RiverDogs entrusted us with the donation and truly support our cause,” said Andy Manzi, President and Co-Founder of the Warrior Surf Foundation “We are a small organization and every dollar counts. Warrior Surf will invest the received donation on our surf program which includes surf boards, wet suits, rash guards, and safety equipment. All of which is costly but necessary for our veterans and their families to succeed in the water.”

Founded in Folly Beach in May 2015, the Warrior Surf Foundation is committed to bringing warriors and their families together to promote mental and physical well-being by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. In just their first year, the WSF provided services to more than 90 veterans and active duty service members through their weekend surf camps.

“We’re thrilled to have a contribution made in our name to this worthy cause,” said RiverDogs President and General Manager Dave Echols. “The fact that this donation comes as part of our recognition of the Patriot Award is a testament to Minor League Baseball’s commitment to serving veterans.”

As the South Atlantic League’s nominee for the Patriot Award, the RiverDogs continued to go beyond paying their respects to the Lowcountry’s strong military family in 2016. The club hosted three Military Appreciation nights during the season, continued their support of the Wounded Warrior Corps on “Red Shirt Fridays” where fans wore red in their support of the military, and honored a military family of the game each night at The Joe. Also in 2016, the RiverDogs hired five homeless military veterans for their stadium clean-up crew in the wake of the dissolution of Charleston's Tent City, and hired a current Air Force reservist as a member of the sales staff. The RiverDogs employ more than 30 military veterans on their gameday operation.

The Patriot Award is named in honor of the longtime Florida State League president and U.S. Army veteran who passed away Feb. 21, 2015, at the age of 83. Murphy retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years in the U.S. Army, broke into professional baseball in 1975 and led the Florida State League from 1990 until his passing. He received the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a league president in both 2011 and 1991, and the Friends of Baseball Chapel Award in 1994.

RiverDogs season tickets, half-season ticket packages and mini plans are now available for the 2017 campaign. The RiverDogs begin the season on April 6 when they host the Lexington Legends at Joseph P Riley, Jr. Park. Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at

This Day In New York Yankees History 12/11: Willie Randolph

On this day in 1975 the Yankees went crazy trading for players with multiple deals that shaped the look of the franchise. The Yankees acquired second basemen Willie Randolph and pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett from the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Doc Medich. The Yankees also acquired outfielder Bobby Bonds for outfielder Mickey Rivers and pitcher Ed Figueroa from the California Angels.

Also on this day in 1959 the Kansas City Athletics traded outfielder Roger Maris and two other players to the Yankees for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry. The A's were banned from trading with the Yankees for 18 months because they were being accused of serving as a big league farm club for the Yankees. This was the first trade between the two teams since the year and a half suspension.

Finally on this day in 1951 the Yankees Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement at the Yankees Fifth Avenue suite. DiMaggio claims he "no longer has it" in his speech due to his age and his injuries and ends his career after 13 seasons. DiMaggio finishes with a .325 batting average and 361 home runs.