So in our last post we gave you a few dates to mark on your calendar leading up to the season… now it is time to send out the official invite to FanFest 2011!
FanFest is a FREE event marking the first day of single-game ticket sales, and has expanded every year to become a great event for fans and families to celebrate the start of the season.
This year, FanFest will be on Sunday, May 22nd from 11am-3pm at the ballpark (3800 Broadway, Everett). Fans can visit the stadium, check out their seats, meet the AquaSox staff and mascots, take batting practice on the field, and of course sample some of the concession offerings for the upcoming season.
Other events at FanFest include our National Anthem auditions (to register for a time slot, give us a call at 425-258-3673), inflatable games up in the FunZone, a Game Day artwork contest for kids. Plus the team store is open for ticket purchase and will have new merchandise available as well.
We are always up for suggestions from fans on what you would like to see at FanFest (or at the ballpark for that matter) so email us with your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those of you who love to be the first to snap up the best seats – there will be an online pre-sale of tickets at http://www.aquasox.com starting on Wednesday, May 18th. Look for more details as we get closer.
The AquaSox pushed their 2010 season as far as they possibly could, beating the Spokane Indians for the NWL title on Sunday, September 12th, less than 12 hours before their bus left for SeaTac and their flights home.
Since that day AquaSox Nation has spent their off-season soaking up the first championship for the franchise since 1985 and the first since the AquaSox changed their name from the Everett Giants and became an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. There are championship shirts, championship hats, and the Freitas Cup travels to events with Webbly & the AquaSox staff so fans can get a glimpse of the elusive trophy.
The players, coaches and front office staff have their championship rings, the plans are underway for a championship celebration on Opening Night 2011, and you can watch the final pitch and celebration on the AquaSox YouTube page.
And while the luster of the NWL Championship hasn’t worn off, fans, players and staff are ready to get 2011 underway and have baseball back at Everett Memorial Stadium once again. Full-season Minor League teams get underway this week, and it is officially time to wait impatiently for AquaSox Opening Night on June 22nd. Luckily, we’re not planning to sit around waiting for first pitch – we’re ready to get the festivities underway!
Last night was our Mariners Kick-Off party at Tulalip Resort Casino, and we had a blast with our ticket holders, sponsors and host families. We have several other ticket-holder only events coming up including our Ticket Pick-Up Party and our Meet the Players BBQ, so if you have a ticket package, keep your eyes peeled for all the details.
Here are some dates to mark on your calendar:
– Saturday, April 16th, 12:00-2:30 – AquaSox Job Fair. We hire all of our day-of-game workers through this job fair. If you or someone you know is interested in working in concessions, ticketing, promotions or stadium operations, give us a call for more information at 425-258-3673.
– Wednesday, May 18th – Online Single-Game Ticket Pre-Sale. While season tickets and mini-plans are available online now, single game tickets will go on sale at http://www.aquasox.com starting on Wednesday, May 18th.
– Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00-3:00 – AquaSox FanFest. Free to the public, AquaSox FanFest is a great way to get ready for the season. Ticket sales begin in our office, we host National Anthem auditions, our Game Day magazine art contest, concessions are open, fans can play on the field, check out the dugouts and much more. Anthem audition info will be posted in mid-April, as will all the details for FanFest.
– Wednesday, June 15th, 7:05 – Everett Cup vs. Everett Merchants. The annual Everett Cup is a great way to kick off the season as the AquaSox play the Everett Merchants for pride and the ability to claim that they are the champs of Everett Memorial Stadium. Tickets start at $8, and are included in the Silver Sluggers package for the first time this year.
We will have more events and announcements as the season gets closer, and it is never to early to sign up for Silver Sluggers, Kids Club, Baseball Camp, Ticket Packs and all of our community initiatives. Bookmark http://www.aquasox.com to keep on top of all our upcoming events.
Since it always gets us ready for Game Day, we’ll leave you with our 2010 Intro Video – We are AQUASOX!
While you’re waiting for AquaSox Opening Day, don’t forget that many of your favorite AquaSox have moved up in the organization and are now with the Clinton LumberKings, High Desert Mavericks, Jackson Generals and Tacoma Rainiers .
By now, many people know the background story of new Seattle Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen: after a great debut season for the Milwaukee Brewers Class A affiliate in 2003, Wilhelmsen tested positive for marijuana twice and was suspended by the Brewers for the entire 2004 season. The following year he retired, bartended full-time at The Hut in Tucson, Arizona, and then backpacked around the world. Now fast forward to 2009, when he decided the itch to pitch was back. After pitching for the independent league Tucson Toros, Wilhemsen had a 15-minute tryout for Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, and was signed by the Mariners to get his second shot at his dream of reaching the Major Leagues.
For the AquaSox, the Tom Wilhelmsen experience started on July 16th, 2010 when he was assigned to the AquaSox after a stint with the Peoria Mariners. Due to the AquaSox schedule and his positioning in the rotation, Tom never got the chance to pitch for the home crowd at Everett Memorial Stadium, but he did manage to make his mark regardless. He started three road games for the Sox, going 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA and 14 strikeouts. At home, he became a fan favorite to a crowd that never got to see him in action.
He was introduced to the AquaSox fans on AquaVision, with his own Meet Your AquaSox Video:
And reappeared as the AquaSox pitchers grew their mustaches:
On a day he wasn’t pitching, Wilhelmsen stayed after the game and led Launch-a-Ball as MC, pointing out prizes while ducking and dodging the tennis balls that flew on to the field and in to hula hoops. He also helped lead the celebration as the AquaSox clinched their spot in the playoffs with a walk-off win against Eugene on July 19th.
Even after getting called up to the Clinton LumberKings, Tom’s ferocious instructions for the fans to “UNLEASH…THE… EEEEEEEE!!!” lived on in the AquaSox intro video for the NWL playoff run. In Clinton, he went 6-1 with a 2.23 ERA and 73 strikeouts on his way to being named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week two weeks in a row.
Now, less than 9 months after making his debut with the AquaSox, Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis have informed him that he has a spot in the bullpen with the major league club, and will be starting the season in Seattle.
We have caught up with Tom several times since he was called up, including a visit at the Arizona Fall League where he was working on his control and secondary pitches with the Peoria Javelinas. Tom told us that although his time in Everett was short, the people he met and the atmosphere created by Everett’s fans made it a memorable experience for him. He also has a visual reminder of his time in Everett: a pretty impressive NWL Championship ring. While Tom wasn’t here to be a part of the final game, he cemented his place as part of the 2010 AquaSox in the hearts of his teammates, coaches and fans & now takes his place as an AquaSox Alumni.
When he starts the season with the big league club, there will be plenty of fans making the drive down from Everett to see him in action… it’s about time they get a chance to see him pitch in person.
The Everett Herald covered Tom’s time with the AquaSox in an August 1st article titled “AquaSox pitcher’s diamond dreams get a second chance” – read the entire article at HeraldNet.com
We just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to all of our great Season Ticket Holders. We have some ticket holders that are brand new this year, and some that have been ticket holders since the days of the Everett Giants. New or returning, young or old, they are a huge part of what makes AquaSox Baseball great!
On Sunday we had our Season Ticket Holder Pickup Party where our package holders picked up their tickets, enjoyed some hot dogs, chips, Klondike Bars… and got to test out the new inflatable slide (wow!)
Thanks to everyone who came, and we are looking forward to seeing all of our fans on Sunday at FanFest (11-3 at the ballpark)!
Two months from today is Opening Day at Everett Memorial Stadium, and it seemed like the perfect time to give away a pair of season tickets for the 2010 season… so we are!
All you need to do to enter is create a short video (60 seconds or less)
showing us how you are the #1 AquaSox fan. Get your friends, family and school involved… paint a giant AquaSox ‘E’ on your car, get Felix Hernandez to give you his endorsement…whatever you think will prove to us that you deserve AquaSox season tickets.
Rules & Regulations: Must be 18 or older or have parent consent to enter. All videos must be received by May 15th, 2010 to be entered. Webbly wants YOU to show us why you are the AquaSox #1 fan!
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!
Gotta love a good deal, and what better way to spend your summer than in the sun at Everett Memorial Stadium watching baseball?
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 email@example.com.
For more information on host families visit AquaSox Host Families
Watch the 2009 AquaSox players talk about their host families HERE
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.