Late spring and summer mean baseball, and you can catch some great action on the diamond while you’re here staying in a beach house Charleston. The city has its own team, the RiverDogs, a Single-A Sally league team that’s (rather ironically) part of the Yankees. Here is a fun fact: the team is co-owned by none other than the Saturday Night Live alum and movie icon, Bill Murray, whose official title is, appropriately, “Director of Fun.”
As you might imagine, this isn’t just any team, or ballpark, or milieu. The RiverDogs are known for their zany promotions as well as for their creative cuisine. Plus, it’s just a wholesome, very fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. It’s got something for everyone staying in your Charleston beach house, and is a fun outing on the peninsula when you’re here in one of our SC vacation rentals.
The RiverDogs play at “The Joe,” Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, named after Charleston’s beloved mayor. It’s an easy drive to all our luxury beach house rentals SC, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a beach house Charleston out on Folly. If you’re in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, head to Highway 17 and take it all the way onto the peninsula and the Crosstown, and turn right onto Lockwood. If you’re in Folly Beach rentals Charleston, cross the Ashley onto the peninsula and turn onto Lockwood, then head left. You can’t miss it. It’s located over toward the Citadel.
In recent news, it was just announced that they’ll be making the already cool park even cooler, by adding a $3 million, 6,000 square foot club level. This announcement coincides with what will be the 20th anniversary of the Joe. Here’s the whole scoop: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160310/PC20/160319947
The RiverDogs’ promotions are really a hoot. Here are some of this season’s highlights, thanks to an article in the Post & Courier:
April 6: “Battle of the Beaches” Exhibition Game Opener – The RiverDogs clash with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the battle for coastal supremacy as Charleston hosts an in-state rival. The exhibition opener against the High-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs will showcase good old fashioned hospitality to make the Pelicans feel right at home with putt-putt golf holes on the concourse and airbrushed t-shirts. A portion of the night’s proceeds benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.
April 7: Opening Night – Always THE place to be in Charleston, Opening Night features a magnet schedule giveaway and will be the first of 12 Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays. The RiverDogs host the newest members of the South Atlantic League as the Columbia Fireflies, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets, come to town in the first rendition of the Palmetto State’s version of the Subway Series. The first of 15 postgame fireworks extravaganzas will follow as we open the 20th season at The Joe with a bang.
May 6: Darius Rucker Surprise 50th Birthday Celebration — The RiverDogs celebrate the 50th birthday of native Charlestonian Darius Rucker. Fans can sign his giant birthday card, enjoy cake and stick around for a fantastic fireworks display to the tunes of Rucker’s favorite hits. But remember, it’s a surprise, so don’t tell him.
May 24: Night of Man — The RiverDogs tip their collective caps to the Y-chromosome holders on a night of testosterone, machismo, and body hair. Between inning promotions are sure to be chalked full of manly feats of strength.
June 11: Larry Doby Heritage Night — The RiverDogs honor the legacy of Larry Doby, the first African-American player to appear in the American League. The RiverDogs and Asheville Tourists will wear specialty Negro League uniforms of the Newark Eagles, Doby’s former team, and the Frontier Greys. The Hall of Fame outfielder and Camden native collected over 1,500 hits in his 13-year major league career with the Indians, White Sox, and Tigers.
June 12: Charleston Strong Night — Building off the theme of togetherness highlighted at each Holy City Sunday at The Joe, the RiverDogs and the community will honor the memory of the nine fallen members of the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy. The RiverDogs continue to celebrate Larry Doby Weekend with former Negro League players being honored at the Sunday night contest against Asheville.
July 1: Watermelon Day — At this annual summer celebration, we highlight everyone’s favorite homegrown fruit presented by the South Carolina Watermelon Association. The Watermelon Queen will grace the ballpark with her presence and in-game promotions will give fans a chance to show off their seed spitting prowess.
July 1-3: Independence Weekend Fireworks Spectacular — The RiverDogs celebrate with three days of blowing up stuff. Watch the sky light up over the scenic Ashley River all weekend after each game of the series against Augusta.
August 8: Rainbows Night — The RiverDogs turn back the clock and tip our caps to the days when names like Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and David Cone called Charleston home. The RiverDogs will become the Charleston Rainbows again, complete with throwback Rainbows uniforms. The jerseys will also be auctioned during the game.
August 23: Bobbl’ection 2016 — Fans can also mark their calendars as the RiverDogs play host to the democratic process with the fourth rendition of the Bobbl’ection. Heading to the polls has never been more fun. Get to the gates early to “vote” for either the Democrat or Republican candidate. Five hundred bobbleheads will be available for both sides and the first group to run out will be declared the winner.
September 1: Fan Appreciation Night — A postgame fireworks show will follow the conclusion of the home finale against Hagerstown.
You can read the full article here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160309/PC20/160309353
Here’s a link to the official website, with this season’s full schedule and ticket info: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t233
Ballpark eats near your beach house Charleston
Now, about the food. Here’s an article that Hanna Raskin, the Post & Courier’s intrepid food writer, did on some of the what you can find to nosh on at The Joe: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150401/PC1206/150409989&source=RSS
So remember – when you’re staying in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you’ve gotta feed everyone. Why not do it creatively while also taking in a live version of America’s favorite pastime and the greatest show on dirt?
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