Opening Day Festivities

Updated Thursday May 2, 2019 by KCRBRL.

Dear Families!

The start of the 2019 Season has finally arrived.  Come out and meet your fellow league members at the KCRBRL Opening Day Picnic.  Bring your chairs, tables and canopies and enjoy a nice ballpark lunch.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and drinks will be provided starting at 11:00am.

Teams are scheduled for group and individual pictures throughout the day.  See the Park Studio news post for Picture Schedule, Order Form and additional information.

Vendors have been invited and will be presenting their goods and information starting at 10:00am.

We'll have merchandise at bargain prices for sale as well as giveaways for the younger kids.  There will also be face painting as well as a Photo Signing table where KHS Varsity Baseball Team will be  signing their 2019 team picture for each KCRBRL player.

The official ceremony will be held on the front field beginning at 12:15pm.  Teams will gather on the field by 12:30pm to be announced and recognized.  First pitch special guests include:

  • Rocco Secreto - Town of Ulster Councilman & former Kingston Babe Ruth President
  • John Perry - Town of Hurley Supervisor & former Hurley Little League President
  • Jared Geuss - Town of Esopus Councilman & Kingston Cal Ripken coach
  • Tony Davis - City of Kingston Alderman

We are currently seeking additional volunteers to help with the event (setup, cook, merchandise).  If you are available, please contact us.

Finally, the Opening Day Raffle tent will be available to turn in your tickets or to purchase additional tickets.  Winner will be announced on Sunday, May 5, 2019, once all the tickets have been collected and tabulated.  If you need more tickets or have any questions, please contact your Manager.

We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!

Kingston Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth

See below our planned festivities for Opening Day.

  • Team & Individual player pictures begin
  • Morning games start

10:00am - 2:00pm: Vendors Row

  • Wellcare RV providing healthy family info and one free Gatorade to each player!
  • Culligan Water providing clean water options and one free Culligan water to each player!
  • Kevin Christofora, author of “The Hometown All Stars”, books available for purchase and signed by author
  • Texas Roadhouse  providing special Roadhouse tastes
  • Glenn Gallagher from Second Chance Frames providing authentic baseball & softball crafted products
  • Kingston Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Opening Day raffle tent
  • Closeout Apparel tent

10:30am - 11:30am: Special Events

  • KHS Varsity Baseball Team signing their 2019 team picture for each player
  • Face painting station open

11:00am - 12:15pm: Picnic

  • All players and families invited to our opening day picnic (hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and drinks)
  • Sports Cone discount coupons handed out
  • Dick's Sporting Goods discount coupons handed out
  • BSN discount coupons handed out

12:15-12:45: Ceremony

  • All teams gather on armory front field for ceremony
  • Teams recognized by division
  • Board introduction
  • Special guests announced for first pitch:
  • Salute to our Nation

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Post Ceremony

  • Team pictures continue
  • Vendors continue

1:30pm - 6:00pm:

  • Afternoon Games

2:00pm: Festivities Close

  • Team pictures wrap up
  • Vendors wrap up