Thousands attend RiverDogs Education Appreciation Day


It was a perfect day for a RiverDogs baseball game. First pitch was at 11:05 in the morning, and the stands were filled with fans.

But it wasn't your typical game day.

The park was packed with only students and teachers for Education Appreciation Day.

The game was free for students, teachers and chaperones, and It was a jamming time at The Joe.

Ben Abzug, assistant general manager of the RiverDogs, said it's one of the team's favorite games.

"It's one of our favorite days of the year, because we have a full house," Abzug said. "It's kids who otherwise may or may not come to the ballpark. It's a free field trip for them," Abzug said.

More than 4,000 people came out for Education Appreciation Day. Among those was Betsy Fanning of Trident Academy.

"We closed school. We brought all our kids from K through 12th grade, all of our teachers," she said. "It's kind of a Teacher Appreciation Day. We're in the middle of end of year testing, so we said. 'Hey we're gonna celebrate the day.'"

Leyla is a second-grader at Mount Pleasant Academy. She said she loved Wednesday's field trip.

"I love seeing the games, and this is also the first time seeing a game in person," Leyla said.

It was a perfect sunny spring day at the ballpark as kids lined up for face paintings and hot dogs.

"It's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, a lot of yelling, a lot of hot dogs. And, a lot of cleanup at the end of the day. But it's an awesome day and fun to see kids be here and be really excited and enjoy a day at the ballpark," Abzug said.

The RiverDogs lost the game, 10 to 6. If you missed Education Appreciation Day, don't worry. The team is hosting another Education Appreciation Day on May 31.

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