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Title: Lake County Captains in the Community

Lake County Captains in the Community
  • Monday, October 30, 2006

  • Welcome
  • Ownership
  • Peter Carfagna Chairman
  • Rita Murphy-Carfagna Vice Chairwoman
  • Ray Murphy VP Minority Owner
  • Katie Murphy
  • Pete Carfagna Senior Vice-President
  • Craig Deas Director of Community Relations

How We Ended Up In Baseball
  • Family dream of owning a team
  • Falling in love with the sport in Chautauqua, NY
  • Purchase of team from Columbus, GA
  • November 2000 assume ownership
  • Remained in Columbus, GA for 2 years
  • The move to Eastlake, OH
  • Fifth season in Ohio next year

The Red Stixx Days
  • Corey Smith 3B
  • Sean Swedlow 1B
  • Other Notable Red Stixx / Current Indians
  • Jason Davis
  • Fernando Cabrera
  • Hector Luna
  • Joe Inglett

Field of Dreams
  • Ray, people will come, Ray. Theyll come to
    Iowa for reasons they cant even fathom. Theyll
    turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why
    theyre doing it. Theyll arrive at your door as
    innocent as children longing for the past. Of
    course, we wont mind if you look around,
    youll say. Then theyll walk out to the
    bleachers and sit in their shirts sleeves on a
    perfect afternoon. Theyll find they have
    reserved seats somewhere along one of the
    baselines where they sat when they were children,
    and cheered their heroes and theyll watch the
    game and it will be as if they dipped themselves
    in magic waters. The memories will be so thick
    that theyll have to brush them away from their
    faces. People will come, Ray. The one constant
    through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.
    America has rolled by like an army of
    steamrollers its been erased like a blackboard,
    rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has
    marked the time. This field, this game, is a
    part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that
    once was good and could be again. Oh, people
    will come, Ray, people will most definitely
  • Quote taken from Jules Tygiels book Baseball
    as History

How Minor League Baseball Works
  • Overview of Minor League system
  • Player relations
  • Payment
  • Where they live
  • Relationship with the Cleveland Indians
  • MLB rehabs
  • Front office personnel
  • Investment in Captains Organization

Trivia Time!!
  • Who was the first Columbus Red Stixx player to
    play for the Cleveland Indians??
  • Heres a hint

The Minor League Way
  • Family fun and entertainment at an affordable
  • Group Outings
  • Picnics, party decks, suites
  • Theme Nights
  • Dog Day, Scout Campouts, Church Night, Mascot
    Mania, Senior Nights, School Days, Sunday Kids
    Days, Firework Fridays, Summer Camp Day, Heritage
  • Irish, Italian, Croatian and Latin American
    nights with traditional food and entertainment

Captains Reading Program
  • The Captains are excited to provide elementary
    and middle school teachers and students the
    opportunity to become part of this reading
    incentive program for traditional and
    non-traditional K-8 schools.
  • Each participating classroom was furnished with
  • Captains Reading Program poster, activity sheets,
    bookmarks, and folders
  • Upon completion of the program, students and
    teachers were rewarded with a complimentary
    ticket, t-shirt, and snack at a Lake County
    Captains home game.

Reading Program by the Numbers
The 2006 Reading Program
  • Captains Reading Program participants come from
    Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, and Lorain
  • Reading just 30 minutes each, the Captains
    Reading Program participants will have read a
    combined 1,140,000 minutes in 2006 that adds up
    to over two years!
  • 38,079 Students
  • 2174 Teachers
  • 121 Schools

Captains Academic All-Stars
  • Program designed to reward high school students
    for perfect attendance or good academic standing
  • Each student receives a free ticket to a Captains
  • 21 schools participating in 2006, including
    Eastlake North, Willoughby South, Cleveland
    Central Catholic, Lake Catholic and NDCL

Captains Charities, Inc.
  • Captains Charities, Inc. is a non-profit
    organization affiliated with the Lake County
    Captains that financially supports various
    charity groups in the Northeast Ohio area.
  • Have made grants to Services for Independent
    Living, LifeBanc, Cleveland Baseball Federation,
    The Lake County Church Network, Lake Metroparks
    Special Olympics and the Deepwood Foundation
  • Finances accumulated and distributed by the
    Charities come from a variety of events and
    programs organized by the Captains.
  • Grant Applications
  • Available on

Captains Charities Events
  • Lake Hospital 5K Race
  • Event included a 5K run and 1 mile Skipper Trot
    with all proceeds going to Captains Charities
  • Held on May 6th at Classic Park with 420 runners
    and walkers participating
  • Hot Stove Dinner
  • The Captains 2006 Hot Stove Dinner gave fans the
    opportunity to meet and greet the NEW 2006
    Captains manager as well as welcome back some
    familiar faces from past Captains teams.
  • 3rd Annual Garage Sale
  • This past season, the event raised over 1,800.

Trivia Time!!
  • Who was paying attention?!
  • How many schools did the Captains have involved
    in their 2006 Captains Reading Program?
  • Correct answer receives certificate for four free
    tickets to 2007 Captains game!

Public Appearances
  • Mascot
  • In 2006, Skipper
  • visited over 175 area
  • festivals, little league
  • games, hospitals, retirement
    communities, parades, schools, and fundraisers.
  • Speaking Engagements
  • The Captains Front Office Staff enjoys spreading
    the good word about the team and Classic Park.
  • The Captains staff members travel throughout
    Northeast Ohio speaking at Rotary Club meetings,
    retirement homes, chamber of commerce functions,
    career fairs, and business expos.

Public Appearances
  • Donations
  • The Lake County Captains are excited about
    helping Northeast Ohio organizations raise money
    for various types of benefits, fundraisers and
  • In 2006, the Captains donated over 30,000.00 in
    ticket certificates and souvenirs.

Trivia Time Again!
  • How many area events did Skipper attend in 2006?
  • Correct answer receives a Skipper bobble head
    doll and two tickets to a 2007 Captains game!

Non Traditional Events
  • Concerts
  • Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson June 26, 2005
  • Event drew over 8,500 people to Classic Park
  • Def Leppard/Bryan Adams August 6, 2005
  • Event drew over 11,000 people to Classic Park
  • High School Games
  • News-Herald Captains Charities Classic
  • Two Day Doubleheader on April 29th and 30th
    featured local teams and raised money for
    Captains Charities while drawing over 2,900 fans
  • Regional
  • Classic Park has hosted 2005 and 2006 OHSAA
    Regional Finals
  • Collegiate Games
  • CSU
  • Lake Erie College

Captains Milestone 1,000,000th Fan
  • On June 5th, 2005, the Captains welcomed their
    1,000,000th fan through the gates of Classic Park
  • Achieved the milestone in under 2 ½ years
  • Rich Zieglar, an Eastlake resident, was presented
    with a jersey, four season tickets, and threw out
    the ceremonial first pitch

Captains Milestone Fausto Carmona at the Jake
  • On April 15th, 2003 SAL Pitcher of the Year and
    Captains alum Fausto Carmona made his ML debut
    for the Indians and became the first Captain to
    play for the Indians

That was just the beginning!
  • Pitchers Juan Lara, Ed Mujica, and Rafael Perez
    made their debuts as well.
  • HISTORY was made when Kevin Kouzmanoff became the
    first player in MLB history to hit a grand slam
    HR on the first pitch he saw!

2006 Season Where every fan is an All-Star!
  • 2006 S.A.L. All-Star Game
  • Classic Park hosted the league All-Star
    festivities on June 20, 2006
  • 7,017 fans attended the All Star game
  • Events included a Home-Run Derby
  • Fans watched batting practice and had player
    autograph sessions
  • Post-game fireworks
  • Other events included a golf tournament, Indians
    game and All-Star luncheon

Trivia Time!! Last Chance!!
  • What former member of the Captains was in uniform
    on the field for every game this season for the
    Cleveland Indians?
  • Need a hint?
  • He played a very important role on the 2003 SAL
    Northern Division Champion team that went 97-43
    for the best record in all of professional

See you at Classic Park!