HYANNIS, MA – For fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League and passengers aboard the CapeFLYER, Father’s Day weekend this year promises to be a fun, family-friendly experience.
On June 18 - the Saturday before Father’s Day - the morning train from South Station in Boston will make a special stop in Wareham to pick up the Wareham Gatemen. The Gatemen will ride the CapeFLYER into the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) Transportation Center in Hyannis where the West Division team will come face-to-face with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, their afternoon opponent.
But before the Gatemen and Harbor Hawks settle the score on the diamond, the boys of Cape Cod summer will mix it up and mingle with fans, followers, and local Little Leaguers during an open-to-the-public reception at the transportation center.
“A train, hot dogs, peanuts, the country’s top college baseball players, and Father’s Day - I can’t think of another place I’d want to be,” said Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop, adding that any Little League player in uniform will be able to ride the train into Hyannis for free.
With a chance to shake hands or get an autograph from a Cape Leaguer, plus a special appearance of the Boston Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series trophy, a quintessential Cape Cod scrapbook moment is there to be had.
“With 1 out of 6 players in Major League Baseball having come through the Cape League – Red Sox third-basemen Travis Shaw among them,” Galop said, “there’s no doubt more than a few will leave there with a unique memory of a future star and a fabulous start to Father’s Day weekend.”
CCRTA Administrator Tom Cahir said it makes sense for the CCRTA to play host for reasons that go far beyond the fact that Cahir himself once played in the Cape League.
“I know first-hand how memorable the Cape League experience is for fans and players. To offer a free family experience in a centrally-located place on Father’s Day weekend is a true public service,” Cahir said. “It’s also a great way to kick-off the summer season, which is vital to the regional economy.”
The CapeFLYER will offer baseball-themed food and beverages on the ride into Hyannis and is scheduled to arrive at the transportation center at 10:20am. A 30-minute reception will follow before the players leave for nearby McKeon Field to warm-up for their 2pm game. Fans will also be invited to tour the CCBL Hall of Fame on Main Street before the game begins.
And to end Father’s Day weekend with smiling faces – and a few messy ones – there will be a pie-eating contest sponsored by the Centerville Pie Company prior to the Hyannis Harbor Hawks game on Sunday, June 19.
About Cape Cod Baseball League:
The premier collegiate summer league in the nation, Cape Cod Baseball League attracts players from across the country, representing all college divisions to play in the 10-team loop. Tracing its roots back to 1885, the Cape League embarks this June on one of its most exciting slates to date, featuring a 44-game regular-season schedule and an action-packed postseason. Among the highlights will be the 2016 Cape League All-Star game on Saturday, July 23 at Veterans Field, home of the Chatham Anglers, and the induction of the 16th Hall of Fame class during a ceremony at the Chatham Bars Inn in November. As the league celebrates its 131st year, it counts more than 1,100 all-time alumni performing at all levels of professional baseball with a record number (292) former Cape Leaguers on Major League rosters. For more information visit www.capecodbaseball.org
About the CapeFLYER:
The CapeFLYER is a unique partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, offering train service on Friday nights from South Station in Boston with stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro, Wareham, Buzzards Bay and Hyannis. Trains also operate on Saturdays and Sundays and Monday holidays until Labor Day weekend. In addition to a convenient trip to Cape Cod, the CapeFLYER works closely with the ferry operators to provide convenient connections to and from Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. CCRTA buses are available at Buzzards Bay and Hyannis to bring passengers to the Cape communities. The CapeFLYER also offers a café car with food and drinks, including beer and wine, provided by Blonde on the Run Catering. For additional information, including a complete schedule, fares and information about connections, please visit: www.capeflyer.com
Sean Gonsalves, Regan Communications
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