The day the NBA brass rejected the Kings' move to Seattle D-Day in Dallas also was the 13th anniversary of the River Cats' first game at Raley Field.
From the start, the River Cats have been a model for customer relations while putting a quality product on the field for an affordable price (and check out those postgame fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights).
We're not comparing Triple-A baseball with the NBA, but the River Cats have not wavered in their embrace of the community.
Tonight, they will honor Valley High School's baseball players for their heroism last week, when they rushed to the aid of a student who was pinned under a car and lifted it to free her.
On Sunday, the River Cats will recognize more than 400 high school athletes encompassing 12 sports during their fifth annual All-City presentations, including 23 Players of the Year, starting at 10 a.m. The boys (Art Savage Award) and girls (V Award, named for Vicki Kockinis McDermott) Athletes of the Year also will be announced.
The River Cats continue to be minor league in name only.
What to do
Baseball, Oklahoma City at River Cats, Raley Field, 7:05 p.m.: Celebrate Valley High School's baseball players before the game, then stick around for fireworks.
What do you most like about the River Cats?
Watching future big-league players
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