Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Phil Niekro & Javy Lopez Meet & Greet Auction Goes Live

RiverDogs to Auction Chance to Meet Two Braves Legends

CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs have announced they will hold an online auction for the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with two former Atlanta Braves players. Fans can bid on the chance to join Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro and former Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez for a private Meet & Greet presented by Kickin’ Chicken on Friday, January 31.

Niekro, who was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, had a 24-year career playing for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. He was nicknamed “Knucksie” for his fluttering knuckle ball that helped him achieve an impressive lifetime record of 318-274. A five-time All Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Niekro won 121 games after he turned 40, which is the most wins in baseball history by anyone over that age. 

Lopez played for the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and most notably the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of the Braves’ 1995 World Series team and caught for John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Steve Avery, also known as the “Young Guns.” In 1996 Lopez established himself as the Braves’ regular-season catcher and helped Atlanta win the NL Championship Series, earning the series Most Valuable Player honors in the process. Lopez had his best season in 2003 with a .328 batting average, 43 home runs and 109 RBI in 129 games, which propelled him to win the Silver Slugger Award and a spot on the All-Star Team for the third time.

The online auction for the Meet & Greet is currently open for bidding at www.riverdogs.com/auctions and will continue through 12 noon on Jan. 30. Fans can bid all week (every week) with the bidding closing at 12 noon each Friday. Each week there will be three winners.

During the Meet & Greet, winning bidders will have the opportunity to get autographs, photos and visit with the former Braves stars. Refreshments will be provided by Kickin’ Chicken.

The Hot Stove Banquet is an annual event is hosted by the RiverDogs to keep the thrill and magic of baseball in the air throughout the off-season. Proceeds benefit The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern baseball programs along with MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute, the RiverDogs’ primary charity. The banquet, which will be held on the evening of Friday, Jan. 31, in The Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott, is presented by Tom McQueeney State Farm Insurance.

For tickets to the Hot Stove Banquet and additional information about the Meet & Greet, please contact the RiverDogs at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or visit www.riverdogs.com.

Being posted with permission from the Charleston Riverdogs organization. The original article can be seen HERE

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