Return of the Bats [Sports]

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The Bats are finally coming back to town after  some away games following the All-Star break. But do not fret! There will be plenty of fun during the 8-game stay at Louisville Slugger Field from Friday, July 22 through Friday, July 29. The homestand will include a series against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox farm team) and the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesotta Twins farm team). There are several noteworthy promotions including: an appearance by "The Famous Chicken", $1 Hot Dogs & $1 Pepsi Night, Ladies' Night, $1 Budweiser Beer "Happy Hour,” Friday Night Fireworks and more.

At the time this article is being written, the Bats remain in a distant 2nd place behind Columbus in the East standings. A strong finish will still ensure a playoff bid for the Bats, but a tough schedule lies ahead. The Bats are continuing to get stellar performances from Todd Frazier, Danny Dorn, Yonder Alonso and pitchers Tom Cochran and Chad Reineke. No doubt, the Bats will miss the likes of Zack Cozart and Dontrelle Willis who have both recently been moved up to the Majors to help the Reds make a run for the NL Central.

Zack Cozart has already made a huge splash at the Major League level. In 9 games with the Cincinnati Reds, Cozart has 11 hits, 2 RBI’s, his first Major League homer and is batting .333. In two starts, Dontrelle Willis has had 2 solid outings and looks poised to continue his success.

Here is a breakdown of the homestand and all of the promotions that come along with it, Go Bats! Also, check out the video of Todd Frazier at the bottom.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 22 vs. CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 6:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a BANG! After every Friday night home game the Bats & their sponsors produce a magnificent display of pyrotechnic power as part of our Friday Night Fireworks. If you've seen them before you know how spectacular the fireworks displays can be. If it will be your first time at Louisville Slugger Field you won't want to miss it!

Fans be sure to stop the Witherspoon Plaza before the game to sample some items cooked on the Big Green Egg Grill as well as meet Dr. BBQ who has appeared on shows on the  "The Food Network", "Discovery Channel", "Martha Stewert Living" on Sirius & more!


SATURDAY, JULY 23 vs. CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS
Game Time: 6:05 pm | Gates Open: 5:00 pm

Join the Bats prior to tonight's game from 5:00 - 6:30 and enjoy a $2 Craft Beer "Happy Hour" along with live music on the Overlook Deck courtesy of Shocktop, WFPK and the Leo Weekly. 

Don't miss your opportunity to catch one of the greatest icons in sports history at tonight's game! During the game fans will be treated to one of the most highly anticipated entertainment acts in all of baseball, The Famous Chicken! Sponsored by KFC.


SUNDAY, JULY 24 vs. CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS
Game Time: 6:05 pm | Gates Open: 5:00 pm

Every Sunday home game the Bats host the Kids Inflatable FunZone in our climate-controlled Hall of Fame area. Kids 12 & under who have purchased a ticket to that days game have the opportunity to use all of the inflatablesFREE of charge courtesy of the Courier-Journal & Lite 106.9. During the game a special appearance will be made by Jake the Diamond Dog. After the game all kids ages 12 & under in attendance of the game will have the opportunity to participate in a special Kids Run the Bases courtesy Meijer & the YMCA.

As a special promotion Novus Security and the Bats are hosting the KlaasKids Print-A-Thon to educate families about child safety. Using state of the art systems each child will receive digitized fingerprints, an updated photograph, a DNA Collection Kit developed by the California DNA Laboratory, pro-active child safety tips and a 9-point plan on what to do if your child disappears.


MONDAY, JULY 25 vs. CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 6:00 pm

Mondays at Lousiville Slugger Field are Meijer Monday's! Bring any Meijer purchase receipt to the Bats Box Office window and receive $2 off a Field Reserved seat ticket ($5 ticket after discount). Valid for Monday home games only. Also, during the game play Meijer Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a $50 Meijer gift card! Gameplay is FREE of charge. Every Monday our National Honey Board Offer allows fans to bring any honey purchase receipt for $2 off a Field Reserved ticket courtesy of the National Honey Board. 


TUESDAY, JULY 26 vs. ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 6:00 pm

You can't beat the value of a Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field! Throughout the entire game the Bats will offer fans $1 hot dogs & $1 Pepsi (12oz) courtesy of Meijer & Pepsi. It's also Kraft Singles Tuesday Night Tickets night. Fans who bring a Kraft Singles package wrapper to the Box Office window will receive buy one ticket, get one free on a Field Reserved seat courtesy of Kraft Singles.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 vs. ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 6:00 pm

Every Wednesday night is Ladies' Night at Louisville Slugger Field. Ladies 13 or older can enjoy 1/2 priced Field Reserved tickets courtesy of New Country 103.1 FM & CincinnatiUSA.com.


THURSDAY, JULY 28 vs. ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 5:30 pm

Join the Bats and Budweiser prior to every Thursday home game from 5:30 - 7:00 for our $1 Budweiser Beer "Happy Hour". Along with $1 beer you can enjoy live music by one of Louisville's very own local bands on the Overlook Deck.


FRIDAY, JULY 29 vs. ROCHESTER RED WINGS
Game Time: 7:05 pm | Gates Open: 6:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a BANG! After every Friday night home game the Bats & their sponsors produce a magnificent display of pyrotechnic power as part of our Friday Night Fireworks. If you've seen them before you know how spectacular the fireworks displays can be. If it will be your first time at Louisville Slugger Field you won't want to miss it!

 

 

Photo and promo info courtesy of: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t416

 

 

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