Jim Swanson

The Victoria HarbourCats provide elite summer baseball action for Victoria fans – beyond that, the team is proud to work with all levels of the game.

Along with working on plans to support great Island programs such as the Victoria Eagles, Victoria Devils, and Duncan Junior Baseball, the HarbourCats also work with people involved with Major League Baseball – the top rung on the ladder.

**HARBOURCATS HOTSTOVE, Thursday, Feb. 8 — Gruber, Zaun,McRae

Returning to Victoria, scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at Yates Street Taphouse, is the third-annual edition of the HarbourCats Hotstove Event — this time bringing in favourite Gregg Zaun, HarbourCats Head Coach Brian McRae, and new to the program is former Toronto Blue Jays star Kelly Gruber.

Tickets for the event are now on sale this week at the HarbourCats office, 1814 Vancouver Street. It’s an evening to talk baseball, go over great memories, and bid on items unique to the evening.

**BLUE JAYS/MARINERS WEEKEND IN SEATTLE — August long weekend

The HarbourCats are also pleased to be teamed once again with Wilson’s Transportation and Flight Centre to offer a three-game, three-day trip to Seattle to see the Mariners host the Toronto Blue Jays (Aug 3-4-5).

The cost, based on double-occupancy, is $899 per person, or $825 per person for our season ticket holders. It includes bus travel, ferry, two nights of hotel at the Embassy Suites in Lynwood, shopping trips, opportunities for golf, and lower-level tickets to three games at Safeco Field.

This is a trip that has sold fast in the past two years. To sign up, contact Carey Shelby of Flight Centre at carey.shelby@flightcentre.ca.

NOVEMBER 30 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

The HarbourCats are hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, November 30, at the team’s office at 1814 Vancouver Street – deals on tickets, merchandise, novelties, and a chance to warm up while talking about the 2018 team.

A significant player announcement is expected to be made at noon on November 29, which will add excitement to the event, which runs 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Tim Hortons will have its Mobile Truck on site from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, which is sure to draw a crowd as well.

The announcement of the team’s schedule for 2018 also will allow for single-game tickets, and 10-packs, to go on sale, including the June 1 Opening Night, Father’s Day, Canada Day, and the popular final series. Fireworks dates have already been set:

*-Saturday, June 2

*-Saturday, June 30 (Pre-Canada Day)

*-Friday, July 20

*-Monday, August 6 (B.C. Day long weekend)

Season tickets continue to be sold as well. The team’s pocket schedule will be out shortly, and major promotional dates and activities will be announced in the new year.

 The schedule appears at http://harbourcats.com/calendar/, with an I-Calendar option to add it to your smart phone or tablet.

MILITARY MONTH, NOVEMBER

In November, we salute our troops, their service, thanks to Galaxy Motors and Wilson’s Group of Companies. With Remembrance Day now behind us, the HarbourCats are excited to announce that all military members and families are eligible for two-for-one 2018 season tickets this month – contact the team office for information, 1814 Vancouver St., 778-265-0327, or email brad@harbourcats.com

NEW MERCHANDISE IN

The HarbourCats are starting to stock the shelves for Christmas with some new hat, t-shirt and knick-knacks arriving recently. Decorative Christmas balls, team mugs, lanyards and other items are due to arrive. The new Island Proud t-shirts, along with some ladies styles, are in the shop now and for sale.

GREAT TEACHERS CONTEST

The HarbourCats continue to take nominations for the Great Teachers Contest, sponsored by Mayfair Optometric Clinic. The winner for October was Mr. Borich, who teaches a Grade 2 class at Eagle View Elementary, and his whole class will be our guests at the annual SCHOOL SPIRIT GAME on June7, a special 11:35am start time.

Each month until May, the HarbourCats will select a teacher, whose class will be guests of Mayfair Optometric Clinic at the team’s annual School Spirit Game – a day-game on June 7, slated for an 11:35am start.

To nominate a great teacher, email a submission to greatteachers@harbourcats.com

SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

The HarbourCats have seen an uptick in season ticket purchases, and as corporate partnerships are completed, the selection of season ticket locations and single-game walkup options is getting less and less. Seats in the Diamond Club, the two-year-old on-field section are sold out, but there remain available seats in the padded/served Campbell Real Estate Club Section, and in the Main Grandstand.

To buy season tickets, or to see the new merchandise coming in this fall, call the office (778-265-0327) or stop in at 101-1814 Vancouver Street.

OFFICE HOURS

With the off-season now upon us, the team’s office at 101-1814 Vancouver Street will see reduced hours through the end of November. Expanded hours will be announced for December as fans look to make tickets and merchandise a big part of their gift planning.

MONDAY-FRIDAY – Noon-6pm

SATURDAY-SUNDAY – Closed (Except by appointment)

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