April 19, 2014

Washington Nationals Walk-Up Music 2014

**List updated 04/18/2014**

It is a brand new season and we’re excited to hear which songs the Washington Nationals players have selected as their batting music. District Sports Page will do its best to keep up them, however, invite fans to help us out. Please feel free to comment on this post or tweet to @cnichols14 when you hear a new song.

In case you missed previous season’s songs, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music here and 2013 walk-up music here. A few of the songs from last year are still being used early in 2014.

Ryan Zimmerman at bat - Washington Nationals Home Opener v. Atlanta Braves, 4/4/2014

Ryan Zimmerman at bat – Washington Nationals Home Opener v. Atlanta Braves, 4/4/2014

Fans love walk-up music. It is always a popular topic on Twitter, Facebook and discussion boards. Some players select music that gets them fired up, suits them perfectly or even pokes fun of themselves (i.e. Matt Stairs two years using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality.

There are superstitious players that change their music when they are slumping at the plate. And some have a handful of songs that are used in rotation.

Some players stick with the same song season after season and even years after leaving the Nationals or baseball all together, fans immediately think of that player every time they hear the song (i.e. Chad Cordero and Metallica’s “King Nothing“).

Former National Michael Morse (now with the San Francisco Giants), had the team’s most eclectic taste in his walk-up music, thanks in part to his brother helping select songs. His most popular song was “Take on Me” by A-ha, which has now become the “fans’ Natitude anthem” and is currently being used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music is usually cut off before it gets to the high part of the chorus, so the fans finish it off! It started in 2010, but finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.

While on the topic of music, the Nats have used “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC to take the field for several seasons. That has changed for 2014. The Nationals are now jogging out to their positions to “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy. Personally, I wish the songs would remain the same because baseball is all about traditions and would like there to be a few traditions at Nationals Park.

All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. We’ve included links to videos, however, remember that there is only a few seconds of the song used during the walk-up so it may sound different at the beginning at first. There is a lot of Natitude on the list!

Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments.  Thank you! Enjoy!

Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Sun is Shining (Smoke Out Dubstep Remix) by Bob Marley
Ian Desmond – My Conclusion by Stephen Marley Feat. Akon & Buju Banton

Danny Espinosa – Outside by Staind
Danny Espinosa – Simple Man by Shinedown

Kevin Frandsen – Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Scott Hairston – Blue Sky by Common

Bryce Harper – Dark House by Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J
Bryce Harper – TaKillya by Vinnie Maniscalco
Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz

Adam LaRoche – The Only Way I Know by Jason Aldean and Eric Church
Adam LaRoche – That’s My Kind Of Night by Luke Bryan

Sandy Leon – Watch Out For This [Bumaye; Daddy Yankee Remix] by Major Lazer

Jose Lobaton – Don’t Stop the Party by Pitbull
Jose Lobaton – Mi Chica Ideal by Chico & Nacho

Nate McLouth – Kyrie by Mr. Mister
Nate McLouth – Separate Ways (World Apart) by Journey

Tyler Moore – NEED

Anthony Rendon – No Competition by Bun B. Feat. Raekwon & Kobe
Anthony Rendon – Fire by Bun B Feat. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz & Serani

Steven Souza, Jr. – NEED

Denard Span – Gotta Have It by Kanye West and Jay Z
Denard Span – I’m Ready - The Diplomats
Denard Span – We Made It Freestyle by Drake Feat. Soulja Boy

Zach Walters – Let It Go (from Frozen) by Idina Menzel

Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – The Walking Dead Theme Song
Jayson Werth – Game of Thrones Theme Song

Ryan Zimmerman – This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Ryan Zimmerman – The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel

PITCHERS:

Aaron Barrett – This Is What It Feels Like (W&w Radio Edit) by Armin van Buuren Feat. Trevor Guthrie

Jerry Blevins – Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

Xavier Cedeno – NEED

Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees

Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (pitching)

Gio Gonzalez – Trophies by Young Money & Drake (batting) [clean version]

Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet

Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

Rafael Soriano – El Rey de Monticulo —”The King of the Mound” by Ediseuri Concepcion Mejia
(Story behind song)

Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Drew Storen – When the Lights Go Out by The Black Keys

Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Jordan Zimmermann – Hell On Wheels by Brantley Gilbert (pitching)

 

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

Ruffin-Pratt Returns to Mystics Roster

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RUFFIN-PRATT RETURNS TO MYSTICS ROSTER
Team Adds Mathies and Milovanovic To Training Camp Roster

Washington D.C. — Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault announced today that guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will return to the team for the 2014 season.

Ruffin-Pratt joined the Mystics in 2013 as a free agent and played in every game. She averaged 4.4 points per game and 2.8 rebounds during the regular season and 5.7 points per game during the playoffs. Ruffin-Pratt led the University of North Carolina to the 2013 ACC tournament and earned All-ACC First Team honors. The Alexandria native attended TC Williams High School and was a two-time Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.

The Mystics also announced that they have added guard A’dia Mathies and forward Jelena Milovanovic.

Washington claimed Mathies off waivers from the Los Angeles Sparks and was awarded her rookie contract by the WNBA. She attended the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the Los Angeles Sparks. She is Kentucky’s all-time leader in steals (320) and games played (140) and second all-time leading scorer (2,014). Mathies earned numerous honors including SEC player of the Year (2012, 2013) as well as All-SEC First Team (2012, 2013). She recorded averages of 2.3 points per game in 30 games for the Sparks last season.

Milovanovic was drafted by the Mystics in the second round (24th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft but spent the last four years playing professionally in Europe. The 6-3 forward has played for Dynamo Kursk of the Russian league for the last two years and currently averages 11.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Mystics recently acquired guard Kara Lawson and will have three picks (sixth, 30th and 32nd) in the 2014 WNBA draft to be held on April 14 at 8:00 pm on ESPN2. The Washington Mystics will open the season on Friday, May 16, at 7:00 pm against the reigning WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx. In 2013, Coach Mike Thibault led the Mystics back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season while earning Coach of the Year Honors.

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)


Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.

Washington Capitals Game 76 Recap: Caps lack urgency; shutout by Stars

“If somehow we make the playoffs and we play like this who are we kidding?”
Capitals head coach Adam Oates

Game Recap Co-Authored by Dave and Cheryl Nichols

With seven games left on the schedule, every game is “must win” for the Washington Capitals. On Tuesday, at the Verizon Center no less, the Caps faced a Western Conference team that is in very much the same position. The result: the Dallas Stars spanked the Caps 5-0, all but eliminating the Caps from any further playoff discussion.

“It’s frustrating to see it, for all of us, ” said defenseman Karl Alzner. “We are all asking ourselves the exact same question and everybody wants to do it and be the guy, sometimes it’s being 20 guys and not just the guy, and maybe that has something to do with it. I am not too sure. It’s frustrating. Obviously, we are not happy with the way that we have been playing. Terrible time to go on a skid.”

Dallas broke the ice in middle of a sleepy first period. Tyler Seguin won a puck battle behind the Caps net with John Carlson and fed Jamie Benn at the top of the left wing circle. Benn’s shot headed for Jaroslav Halak’s crest, but Seguin did nice work to drive the net and tipped the puck past Halak on the glove side to put Dallas up 1-0.

The Stars added to that lead in the second. A terrible line change led to a 2-on-0 and Ray Whitney faked Halak out of his skates for his ninth goal of the season. Another defensive breakdown 34 seconds later allowed Dustin Jeffrey to register his first goal of the season, sending Halak to the bench replaced by Braden Holtby, more a wake-up call to his teammates, who left him out to dry all night long.

“We’re all a group,” said Caps Head Coach Adam Oates to the guys in the second intermission, ‘You know what, we’re down and if we come back – we have before, we could – we can’t come back playing wrong. If somehow we make the playoffs and we play like this who are we kidding? We have to figure out a way to get better together. It is just us collectively in here.’ Obviously it’s very disappointing.”

Dallas added insult to injury in the third, with Jeffrey scoring his second of the game, on a feed by the veteran Whitney. As if that wasn’t enough (and it was more than enough) Ryan Garbutt tacked on a short-handed goal with 5:10 left in the contest.

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin was asked if he had an answer for the reoccurring mistakes.

“It’s hard to say sometimes now. We understand the position and we need the points, but we didn’t get the points. We made some mistakes. We turned over one in our zone, [one] in the neutral zone and it cost us the game.”

“It goes back to wanting to be ‘the guy.’” explained defenseman Karl Alzner. “You want to make the nice play to spark the team, to get a goal or make the nice pass to break us out. Very few teams can do that; it’s about playing simple, and it’s not always fun to play that way, and we sure haven’t helped ourselves by us all being irresponsible on the ice with the puck in all three zones. We’ve got to be smarter and we’ve got to make simple plays.”

The “lack of urgency” was a hot topic throughout the arena and locker room. Goalie Braden Holtby had a strong opinion. “There wasn’t any today, that’s for sure. That was zero urgency.” Defenseman John Carlson agreed, however, explained, “In certain situations. Then I think we over exerted ourselves on other situations that we didn’t need to.”

“The last three games we’ve played,” Holtby paused before completing his thought, “have just not even been close to good enough to play in the playoffs. Or do anything in the playoffs for that matter.”

The Capitals have six games left, likely needing six wins, with their final two games hosting Western Conference powerhouses Chicago and St. Louis. You’re never eliminated until you’re mathematically eliminated, but even the most optimistic supporters have to be prepared at this point for this team not qualifying for the playoffs.

“As a team we thought we’d probably need all seven to get in [to the playoffs], but now we have no choice,” said Caps defenseman John Carlson, “It’s probably going to be a win-out situation.”

The team will need to bounce back from this loss to have any hopes of the playoffs. “You just have to brush it off,” said Eric Fehr. “It’s not going to be an easy one to brush off, but we still have a chance. We still have an opportunity. We’ve got to win some games, we’ve got to go on a roll, but you can’t sulk with games like this. You’ve got to put them behind you.”

Holtby added, “No one played good tonight. Everyone has to expect more of themselves. It’s a collective unit, you can’t point fingers. It’s the Washington Capitals. We have to do better. A lot better.”

Tonight was the 220th consecutive sellout at the Verizon Center and the fans let the Washington Capitals how they felt about the loss.

Holtby sided with the fans. “If I was a fan, I’d be booing us right now. In a tight race, like we’re in, and you lose five nothing, it’s awful.”

Washington Mystics 2014 Preseason Schedule

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The Mystics will face the Indiana Fever twice, including their annual preseason school day on May 7 at Verizon Center at 11:30 a.m. The two teams will first meet on May 5 for a 12:00 p.m. contest in Indianapolis and the Mystics will close out the preseason when they play the Chicago Sky on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 pm on the campus of the University of Delaware

The Washington Mystics will open the 2014 season on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 pm against the reigning WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx. In 2013, Coach Mike Thibault led the Mystics back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season while earning Coach of the Year Honors. Season tickets for the 2014 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

MSE Foundation and Telos Corporation donate more than $30,000 to TAPS

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MSE FOUNDATION & TELOS CORPORATION DONATE MORE THAN $30,000 TO TAPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation joined forces this past November for the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program. Hats with the word “Courage” written in the Wizards’ wordmark were sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

Courage hats autographed by various Wizards players including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter, John Wall and Martell Webster were sold at the Verizon Center Team Store resulting in proceeds of $31,571.77. During the Wizards game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 15, Ted Leonsis, majority owner, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment was joined by John Wood, Telos CEO and Chairman to present the funds to Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS.

Photo 1: Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, John Wood, Telos CEO Chairman and Bonnie Carroll, founder and president of TAPS during the Wizards game on March 15.

About TAPS
TAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of their relationship to the deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS offers comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs, including peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, regional seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, and grief and trauma resources. Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has assisted more than 44,000 grieving military families and their caregivers.

About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1997 on cybersecurity. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit www.telos.com.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans’ affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey. In 2013 Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, will donate more than $1.5 million to local charities. More than $1,000,000 has been donated to date.

TAPS (Photo Courtesy of MSE Foundation)

Mystics to Play Chicago in Preseason Game

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MYSTICS TO PLAY CHICAGO IN PRESEASON GAME

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Mystics will face the Chicago Sky in a preseason game to be played on Tuesday, May 13, at 7 pm on the campus of the University of Delaware. The team will organize a bus trip to give Mystics fans the chance to attend the game.

For more information on the Mystics’ trip to Delaware, please call 1-877-DC-HOOP-1. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 3, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2014 season at home against the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx on Friday, May 16, at 7 pm.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Tyler Clippard

HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY TYLER CLIPPARD!

Washington Nationals righty reliever was born on 02/14/1985 in Lexington, Kentucky and now calls Tampa, Florida home.

Follow Tyler Clippard on Twitter (@Tyler Clippard) and make sure to wish him a happy birthday.

Tyler Clippard earned 30th save - Chicago Cubs v. Washington Nationals, 9/3/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Tyler Clippard earned 30th save – Chicago Cubs v. Washington Nationals, 9/3/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Tyler Clippard signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Tyler Clippard signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

 

Tyler Clippard pitching at Nats Park, July 10, 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Tyler Clippard gets another save - Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Tyler Clippard gets another save – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 8/21/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Tyler Clippard #36 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

CAPS: Club Scarlet Brunch at Clyde’s

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Club Scarlet will be hosting a brunch on Sunday, March 2, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. before the Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Tickets are $20 and include a delicious brunch buffet, plus a drink ticket valid for one mimosa (does not include game ticket). There will also be a cash bar available for other beverage purposes.  This event is all-ages.

Club Scarlet Breakfast Buffet Menu:

• French Toast
• Seasonal Quiche
• Seasonal Fruit
• Scrambled Eggs
• Bacon
• Brunch Potatoes
• Bagels (smoked salmon, capers & chive cream cheese, classic cream cheese)
• Homemade Croissants & Coffee Cake
• Includes freshly brewed coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and orange juice

Check-in begins at 10:15 a.m. Club Scarlet will be raffling off some great autographed Caps items, including a pair of tickets to the game that day! Come and mingle with other Scarlet members before heading over to Verizon Center or stick around to watch the game at Clyde’s!

Click here to purchase tickets* (promo code: BRUNCH). A confirmation email with additional details will be sent the week of the event. Tickets are expected to sell out, so buy yours today!

Clyde’s of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

* Please note that brunch tickets do not include a ticket to the Caps game.

NATS/CHIEFS: Syracuse Chiefs Rename Stadium

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Syracuse Chiefs Rename Stadium Horse
Horse finds new home atop stadium gates

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are proud to announce that as of today, the horse outside NBT Bank Stadium shall be known as Homer. The name was selected as the winner in the organization’s “Rename the Horse” contest.

The name “Homer” was submitted by Chiefs fan Jay Bauer. He will receive a Chiefs sweatshirt and baseball hat as winner of the contest. “Homer” was part of a list of over 200 names submitted by Chiefs fans who submitted their ideas on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The new name was ultimately chosen by artist Lisa Mattes who originally painted the fiberglass horse.

“There were so many good ideas,” said Mattes. “I laid awake at night thinking of what the name should be.”

“Homer”, formerly known was “Sportee”, is now perched atop the front gates of the stadium, welcoming fans to the ballpark. He was originally created in the early 2000s as part of the Syracuse’s Horses on Parade program, where he then found a home with the Syracuse Chiefs.

A few years ago, “Sportee” vanished and was not seen again until November 2013, when he reappeared atop the gates of the stadium. With a new home, new friends, and a new season, the horse deserved a new name.

“This is the year of the new Syracuse Chiefs, while we are proud of our past it is exciting to let the fans have a little fun as we continue on into our future,” said Jason Smorol, General Manager of the Syracuse Chiefs.

Make sure you stop by NBT Bank Stadium to see “Homer” in 2014. It’s a brand new ballgame!

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