AquaSox April Ticket Special

Mariners Opening Day is upon us and that means it is baseball season! It may be a little longer until our Opening Day (70 days, but who’s counting?) but we are absolutely thinking baseball.

If you’ve thought about buying an AquaSox ticket package before, or even if you just live in Everett or Snohomish County and are looking for fun things to do with your family in the summer, an AquaSox ticket package is perfect. They run as low as $80 per seat for 10 games (in the Upper Box), and even a 16-game plan in our Diamond Club with in-seat hostess service is only $200! That breaks down to $12.50 a game, $3.50 off of our walk-up price of $16.

All of that is just the background for our April Ticket Special – if you buy any 10-game or 16-game plan online during the month of April, you get two (2) extra games for FREE. When we call you to confirm all your information, just let us know when you want to have your two other games and they are on the house. That means you get 18 games in the Diamond Club for $200, or 12 games in the Upper Box for $80 or anything in between!

Click here for more information on our Marquee 16 plan or Click here for our 10 Game Power Packs

Gotta love a good deal, and what better way to spend your summer than in the sun at Everett Memorial Stadium watching baseball?

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AquaSox Host Families

When the season starts for the AquaSox, players from all over the world come to Everett – some not too far from home in Brewster, WA (Hawkins Gebbers), but others from as far away as Venezuela, the Netherlands (Kalian Sams) and South Africa (Anthony Phillips). Once in Everett, they meet their new team, new coaches, and new families.

Kim Dayley, whose family has been a host family for several years offered to write about her experience as a host mom for others who might be curious about what being a host family is all about.

If you are interested in learning more about possibly becoming a host family for the 2010 season, please contact Teresa Sarsted at 425-258-3673 or by email at teresas@aquasox.com.

 
 


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For more information on host families visit AquaSox Host Families

Watch the 2009 AquaSox players talk about their host families HERE

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Host Families

 

We had received an invitation to the Meet the Players BBQ and was soo excited to meet our new player. Our first player was Welington Dotel, which was funny to us as we had “won” his jersey at the auction, we were super excited! After the BBQ we went and picked up his stuff and took him home…

In August we opened our arms to another player, Jharmidy DeJesus, who spoke no English, and of course we didn’t speak Spanish, but somehow we all just understood each other..ever hear of the game charades? Well, that is what it would be like! When Welington and Jharmidy got together there was never a dry eye, as we were all laughing soo hard that the tears would fall out.. There was a time where Welington wanted a haircut and he was determined that Jharmidy could do this for him. So Jharmidy started and OOPSY, he cut way too much off so he had to do it all that short and boy where they running around like clowns at each other, just like brothers!

 

People often ask us if we get paid to be a host family. The answer is yes. However, not enough to get rich from or quit your job or anything… For some host families they take it and use it for groceries, while others may hang on to it and give it back. For our family we would put the money towards getting their jerseys, so that they can give it to their moms in the Dominican Republic who don’t get the opportunity to see their boys play in The States.

 

I would not change this experience for anything, you not only get to meet some amazing boys on the team, but you have another opportunity to become part of another family. This family is unique all in its self. We all sit in the same section during games we cheer louder for each other’s boys. We even run to go and try to get each others players; home run balls for them. We are the host families, and together we are a family. Then to combine all that along with the staff, family if you will, of the Aquasox… From Brian Sloan to Katie Crawford to the people that takes our tickets. We are all a family and it is special, and it makes a nice memory for years and years to come.

 

 


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AquaSox Put the ‘E’ Back in Everett

Many would agree, the Frog is one of the most recognizable and popular logos in all of Minor League Baseball… Webbly is pretty awesome, we don’t disagree. We did decide, however, that it was time to expand the brand and give the AquaSox a new look:

 

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And because of our great relationship with the Mariners, we decided to become the first Minor League Team to base our brand on the retro logo of our affiliate club:

 

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And of course, it all comes back to Webbly & the fun that is Minor League Baseball. So to celebrate that, we finally have “Aqua Socks”:

 

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Look for changes to the website, Facebook & Twitter pages to come as we integrate our awesome new logos… visit us at www.aquasox.com for all the new gear as well. Go Frogs!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Happy April Fool’s Day all you Frog fans. Minor league baseball is know for fun and goofy antics, and two years ago today the AquaSox decided to get in on the April Fools fun. We sent out a press release, announcing that we had traded Webbly to the Tri-City Dust Devils for Dusty the Dust Devil. Needless to say, some loyal fans were not amused… at least not until they realized it wasn’t true.

 

Here is the original press release:

 

AQUASOX TRADE MASCOT “WEBBLY”
Everett’s favorite frog to join Tri-City Dust Devils

Everett, WA – The Everett AquaSox Baseball Club has announced today that its principal mascot, Webbly, has been traded to the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League in exchange for their mascot, Dusty the Dust Devil.

During baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in December, the AquaSox re-signed the team’s other two mascots, Frank and Popfly, each to a one-year extension, to keep them both in Everett through the 2008 season.

The AquaSox felt that it was important to keep all three mascots in Everett indefinitely, especially with the 2008 season being the 25th anniversary of Minor League Baseball? in Everett, but could not come to an agreement with Webbly.

Webbly’s existing contract with the AquaSox was set to expire at the end of the 2008 season. The 12-year veteran frog made it known through his agent that he hoped to re-structure and extend his agreement in order to avoid a potential hold-out.

“Webbly has been an integral part of the success of the AquaSox and we wish him the best in Pasco,” said AquaSox General Manager Brian Sloan, “however, we must look to the future. I am confident that Dusty will be a positive addition to our staff and I believe that a Dust Devil, a Hot Dog and a Puppet can coexist on the same team and continue to entertain AquaSox fans for the next 25 years.”

Dusty first blew into the Tri-Cities in 2001 and has spent the past 7 seasons entertaining fans as the mascot for the Colorado Rockies Class A Affiliate.

Webbly, who is a cross between a Pacific Tree Frog and a Central American Red-Eyed Tree Frog, had been with the AquaSox since the 1997 season. The Northwest League season begins June 17.

 

Of course, we would never trade Webbly to Tri-City… a frog could never thrive is a dry environment like that. Although, Eugene just got a new mascot…. hmmmmm….

 

Spring Training Edition #4

This week Ryan Royster decided to mix it up with his Spring Training blog and interviewed former AquaSox James Jones and Brandon Bantz about their experiences at their first spring training.

 

It seems like Spring Training came and went as there is less than a week left until teams break camp. Rosters are slowly but surely starting to take shape and all of the rust has been shaken off. There has been some good baseball to watch and the Mariners are showing promise up and down the system.  This season should be fun and exciting at all levels!

A quick update on my company: Pro Player Baseball (PPB) will be hosting a tournament at Everett Memorial Stadium August 16-18. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. More information and details will be available soon. We are looking for members of the community to get involved to support this great cause.
As promised we have some exclusive footage of former Aquasox players, James Jones and Brandon Bantz…Enjoy!
 
 
 
Keep up with AquaSox videos all season long at http://youtube.com/aquasoxbaseball

Spring Training Edition #3

Throughout March, former AquaSox OF Ryan Royster will be our Spring Training blogger, keeping us updated with what’s happening at the Sports Complex in Peoria, and how former AquaSox are doing. Check back weekly for his updates.

 

It has been a busy week in M’s camp as Minor League Games began. Everyone is excited to be on the field competing against other organizations, and showing off all of the hard work put in this offseason. It has been a good day for former Frogs Yesterday (Thursday) as James Jones had a pretty bunt single, Joe Dunnigan homered to left, Anthony Phillips had a lead-off double, and Dennis Raben had an RBI triple!

I also would like to announce that my company (Pro Player Baseball) will be hosting a tournament at Everret Memorial Stadium this August, with the proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research. There will be more on that soon, but it will be a great event for a great cause.

The temperature is rising and it finally feels like Spring Training in Arizona. The 12 hour days only leave room for naps and eating but there’s still nothing like it. My host family from Everret made the trip this week and its been great to see Kristi and Chad. Its always nice to see familiar faces and have the support of loved ones. We have become really close and are just like family now.

Catch you all next week…I’m hoping to have some exclusive behind the scenes video!

Photos From Spring Training

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Mariners Minor Leaguers gather for Spring Training introductions

 

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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik addresses the minor leaguers

 

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’09 AquaSox infielder Hawkins Gebbers works on his speed

 

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Former AquaSox player & owner Jay Buhner talks with Dan Wilson

after speaking with the Mariners minor leaguers

 

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’09 AquaSox manager John Tamargo hits to his infielders

Tamargo will manage for the Clinton Lumberkings in 2010.

 

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 ’09 AquaSox Outfielder James Jones rounds first during drills

J.J. has played in several games with the Mariners during spring training,

including pinch-running for Ken Griffey Jr.