Pro Exhibition Game To Be Played In Napa
San Rafael Pacifics to play at Napa Valley College on May 27th
Napa, CA- Napa’s bid to enter the independent minor league Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs took another step forward today when Napa Silverados owner Bruce Johnston announced that the three-time Pacific Association champions, the San Rafael Pacifics, will play a pre-season exhibition game against the barnstorming New Jersey Black Sox at the Napa Valley College baseball field at 11am on May 27, 2017.
“I’m really excited for the Napa community to get this chance to see one of the Pacific Association teams in action,” said Johnston. “While it’s only a spring training game and by no means will the ballpark be anywhere near as ready as it will be when the Silverados begin play in 2018, but I’m overjoyed to give our community a brief look at the level of quality baseball and fun family entertainment they can expect to see next year.”
There will be no charge for Napa County fans to attend the game. Since there are a limited number of tickets to the game, fans wanting to attend will need to register at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries must be from Napa County residents, and if they are notified they have been awarded tickets must provide a residential Napa County address.The first 200 fans registering and attending the game will receive two free tickets to a 2017 Pacifics game in San Rafael as a means to further introduce fans to the joys of independent minor league baseball and the kind of fan experience they can expect to receive when the Silverados begin play next year.
Not only have the Pacifcs won three league championships in their first 5 years, they were also named San Rafael’s “Business of the Year” in 2015 and were recipients of the “Spirit of Marin” award as well. The team has routinely been recognized in local and national media for its edgy, irreverent promotions including the first team to employ a computerized umpire to call balls and strikes; to have their players wear “League of Their Own”-style dresses for breast cancer awareness; to give one “lucky” fan a free funeral and many more.
“We’re really interested to play at Napa Valley College as a first look at what it will be like for Napa to be in the league next year,” said Megan Castellucci, the Pacifics Assistant General Manager. “This is a great opportunity for us to show Napa how much fun it is to have a minor-league team in their community.”
The Pacifics and the proposed Napa club are members of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent league located in the Bay Area. Currently there are franchises in Sonoma, San Rafael, Vallejo and Pittsburg.
The New Jersey Black Sox have been a traveling professional team for the past 15 years. The goal of the Black Sox Baseball League is to guide and advance professional players into higher levels of independent and affiliated professional baseball.