(UPDATED 9/17/19) Description of the AAA Sacramento River Cats, a San Francisco Giant affiliated team whose home ballpark is located in West Sacramento.
The Sacramento River Cats has been a hugely popular local sports franchise since Opening Day in 2000, their first season.
The AAA Sacramento River Cats became affiliated with the San Francisco Giants in the 2015 season, a popular move with the Sacramento-area Giants fans – of which there are many. The River Cats were previously affiliated with the Oakland A’s (2000-2014).
The Sacramento River Cats played the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game (the Giants won) at Raley Field in West Sacramento on March 30 – and the ballpark was packed! I was not in attendance but it sounds as if Giants/River Cats fans had a great time.
Friends and I recently attended an evening game and watched the Sacramento River Cats play the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. It was a beautiful evening and very comfortable weather-wise. Best of all – the River Cats won!
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I decided to purchase the $23.00 tickets (Senate section) as opposed to the $18.00 tickets (Assembly section) as my friends from out-of- town had not previously attended a Sacramento River Cats game at Raley Field. We had great seats right behind home base – an angle I really enjoyed as I watched the pitcher and batters do their thing.
See related post: Raley Field – Home of the River Cats
Also seated in that same area were a number of “scouts”, taking notes and using a radar gun to track the speed of the ball.
All of us were glad for the netting to protect us from stray balls – although quite a few balls sailed over the netting into the seating area – and into some of the box seats above us as well!
Chris Heston, who threw the 17th No Hitter in Giants history in 2015 against the New York Mets, pitched six shutout innings that evening – the best he has done this AAA season.
Attending a day or evening game at Raley Field is a great way to spend time with friends and family. I hope to catch another game or two this season.
(UPDATED 9/17/19) The Sacramento River Cats won their 3rd Triple A National Championship today! They took on the International League Columbus Clippers in Memphis and won 4-0 in the one-game winner take all contest. Congrats!
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