One of the most exciting homestands of the season is looming this week for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Not only is the 25th anniversary of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise being celebrated, but there is much more than that, including a Hall of Fame induction.
That’s right, on Saturday PNC Field will host the Hall of Fame celebration for longtime manager Dave Miley, who was selected as an International League Hall of Famer during the offseason. Saturday night will be all about the winningest skipper in franchise history as a he will be immortalized with a curtain call statue that the first 2,500 fans entering the ballpark will receive. The statue was made in Miley’s honor due a fan vote for the most popular Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee.
Also on Saturday, the International League Hall of Fame plaque display, a traveling caravan for the league’s best, will be on hand.
Those activities are just the start of Saturday’s festivities. During the game, the RailRiders will wear special jerseys commemorating the 25th anniversary with all three uniforms — Red Barons, Yankees and RailRiders — being symbolized then auctioned off benefiting the Dave Miley Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund. There’s also a tribute to 1989 on Saturday as there will be a feel of 1989 throughout the game and members of the 1989 Red Barons are scheduled to be on hand, including Wally Ritchie, Tommy Barrett and Brad Moore.
Oh yeah, SWB is playing Toledo on Saturday night, and Mud Hens broadcaster Jim Weber — who will be on hand — is also an I.L. Hall of Fame inductee this year. Weber was officially inducted in the Hall on Thursday and was honored with a bronze statue by the Mud Hens. Now in his 40th season with the team, he has broadcast more than 5,000 consecutive games. Saturday night wraps up with a fireworks display.
While Saturday is the most-hyped on the schedule this week, it’s part of what will be a schedule jam-packed with festivities.
When the homestand starts on Tuesday, which is free T-shirt day. The shirt this week features the 25th anniversary logo. In addition to Thursday being Thirsty Thursday, it also features Red Barons throwback 80s night, while Friday is SWB Yankees flashback 90s night.
In Case You Missed It
The RailRiders’ bats were red-hot last week as they won three of four games at Louisville Slugger Field against the Bats.
In 16 games prior to the series in Kentucky, the RailRiders had scored just 39 runs. But in the four-game series, they scored 37. SWB had a dramatic win on Wednesday night when Zelous Wheeler hit a late grand slam, and nearly overcame another late deficit on Thursday but fell one run short.
Norfolk and Toledo come to PNC Field with the Tides entering on Tuesday to start a four-game series.
The RailRiders and Tides met last month in Virginia with the squads splitting a four-game set. Norfolk has been struggling this season entering Friday with just 20 wins, the second-least in the International League.
SWB and the Mud Hens are squaring off for the first time this season, and for the first time since they played a 20-inning marathon last July at PNC Field won by the RailRiders 2-1. Last year, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a 3-5 record against Toledo, including going 2-2 at home.