As the 2019 Appalachian League sets off Tuesday, June 18, Baseball Farm had the privilege to interview Pulaski Yankees General Manager Betsy Haugh on the upcoming promotion schedules, the new burger being provided at Calfee Park, and, of course, the new party deck that will be out in left field.
The main question headed into the week would be if the party deck would be completed by Opening Night, which is set for Friday, June 21, against the Bluefield Blue Jays.
“The Party Deck will be ready and open by Opening Night, and we will continue working on additions to this as part of phase two of renovations throughout the season and prior to the 2020 season,” said Haugh on the renovations.
On Monday, the Pulaski Yankees and local radio group, 107.1 PSK made their partnership for the 2019 season official naming the Party Deck the PSK Party Deck as part of a naming rights agreement with 107.1 WPSK.
The PSK Party Deck will give fans and all exclusive field view unlike any other in the Appalachian League. It has three levels to it with drink rails, picnic-style seating, and “Pinstripe Pints” concessions unit for beers and bottled Pepsi products.
Wait there’s more!
“We’ve eliminated some of the foul territory in left field and angled the deck towards home plate to bring fans closer to the action and provide amazing views. We’ll also be adding a Kid Zone with inflatables, as well as other games around the concourse such as cornhole, giant Jenga, etc,” said Haugh. “We want all fans to enjoy the ballpark, whether they are diehard baseball fans or folks who might like to check out the action for an inning or two before going to play a game, grab a drink and talk to friends, etc.”
They even have a new menu item, one of the sorts that Minor League Baseball writer Ben Hill would get his hands on, if he could, of course.
Fans can also expect to get their paws on a new burger creation called the Calf-E Burger, that according to Haugh, she states “it is absolutely delicious.” The intriguing burger will have chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce, and cheese on a burger bun. Mozzarella sticks will also be their own item on the menu. Haugh states that they have brought in Dippin Dots ice cream that will be available in the Snack Shack as well as at their own kiosk on the new concourse along third base.
If you’re a beer drinker then Betsy has good news for you as she tells Baseball Farm that the beer selection has also increased substantially, with more options in both draft and cans/bottles.
The promotion schedule is also booming this year, compared to previous years in the past. Haugh states, “We are very proud of and excited for our promotional schedule this season.”
The P-Yanks will have weekly promotions such as Two-sdays presented by First United Methodist Church with select $2 concessions options and the opportunity for fans to purchase one GA (General Admission) ticket at regular price and receive the second for $2 to Thirsty Thursdays, along with having a branded weekly promotion each night.
The main attraction will be on July 21, when Ken Griffey Sr., visits Calfee Park. He is the father of Ken Griffey Jr., both of which had a very dominant career in the big leagues.
“Agriculture Night presented by Farm Credit of the Virginias will also be making a return to Calfee Park and have added some elements to that including a Calf-E bobblehead giveaway courtesy of Pulaski County Is… and pre-game cow yoga, both of which join their specialty cow jerseys and raffle for a live cow (YES! A live cow!) — (proceeds again benefiting the 4-H/Pulaski Extension Office),” said Haugh.
Fireworks are back at Calfee Park for the first time in over 20 years, beginning on Opening Night presented by the Pulaski Motor Mile. Haugh tells Baseball Farm that they will have a total of three post-game fireworks shows starting on June 21 and July 3 being presented by 94.9 Star Country and August 16.
The P-Yanks open the season on the road for a three-game series with the Johnson City Cardinals.