SPRINGFIELD — The Valley Blue Sox announced they will host a special fan-appreciation party on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites at 100 Congress St. in Springfield. La Quinta is the presenting sponsor of the event, and admission is free and open to the general public.
Fans will be treated to free food and beer at the event as well as an opportunity to take free photos with the Faye Vincent Sr. Cup, awarded to the Blue Sox following their championship win in August. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to purchase Blue Sox 2017 NECBL championship T-shirts. They will also have a chance to grab an early-bird flex package that will include a free Blue Sox championship T-Shirt ($15 value) with the purchase of a 12-pack of 2018 flex tickets for $59.
“We like to give back to our fans whenever we get the right opportunity to do so,” said Blue Sox President Clark Eckhoff. “Coming off such a successful 2017 campaign, it’ll be a wonderful opportunity for fans and sponsors to interact with Blue Sox staff, get a chance to see the championship trophy up close and personal, and be able to get access to our championship gear on the spot.”
The Blue Sox won their first league title in franchise history in August, sweeping the Ocean State Waves in the championship series. The team enjoyed a rush of success off the field as well, finishing 10th overall in the nation in attendance among more than 250 summer collegiate baseball teams.
“Our success this year was a great achievement — but it’s a shared success,” said Blue Sox General Manager Hunter Golden. “Our sponsors have stepped up to support us, and our fans are the driving force in everything we do, so we want to make sure they get to share in the experience as well.”
The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the bar area in the main lobby of La Quinta, which is sponsoring the event. Free food will be provided by the hotel, and door prizes will be given away over the course of the evening.