JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Santa Claus won't be the only one coming to Jamestown this December.
The Jamestown Jammers - now the Short Season Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates - announced Tuesday that they will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Caravan on Thursday, Dec. 13. The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Jamestown Community College Student Union. A player meet and greet, autograph session and speaker program are planned for the event.
Currently scheduled to attend are Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, infielder Josh Harrison and former Jamestown Jammer and current Bucs first baseman Gaby Sanchez. The Pirate Parrott mascot, broadcaster Tim Neverett and members of the Pirates front office staff are also expected to attend.
The Jammers will be selling only 200 tickets for the player meet and greet. Tickets for the Pirates Caravan will be $5 each. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation.
Jammers General Manager Matt Drayer was very upbeat when discussing the event.
"I am very excited for the Pirates to bring their caravan to Jamestown. This is a great opportunity to showcase Major League ball players for our community," he said. "The Jammers are delighted to partner with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jamestown Community College and the DJDC for such a fantastic occasion. Also, the Jammers are looking forward to presenting Jamestown and Chautauqua County for all the Pirates visitors."
Tickets for the caravan event expect to be limited so orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information, call the Jammers office at 716-664-0915 or visit online at www.jamestownjammers.com.
Opening Day for the Jammers season is June 17. Attendees for this Caravan are tentative and subject to change. The Jammers are Chautauqua County's only professional sports team. They are owned by a local Buffalo company, Rich Products Corporation, which also owns the Class AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Class AAA Buffalo Bisons.