Labour Day is the last day of work for the Boys of Summer, as the Ottawa Champions wind down a roller coaster season this weekend at home. Consider this your last chance to catch the team before the long, cold offseason.
Finishing the summer in last place and missing the CanAm Playoffs for the second year in a row was certainly not the plan for Hal Lanier’s squad. 2018 has been a frustrating season of lingering injuries, controversial umpiring, and a few too many games gone terribly, comically, shockingly awry. It’s possible that we reached a team record of player ejections this summer, and we even released two players for their personal conduct off the field. What they may have lacked in focus, the boys sure made up for in passion this year. As we all know—there is no crying in baseball, so this weekend isn’t about mourning our losses, but about celebrating our local baseball community.
Enjoy a $5 Coors Light on Friday night when we welcome the Rockland Boulders to RCGT Park for the final series of the year. Expect a good fight as the Boulders try to avoid facing the invincible first place Sussex County Miners in the first round by beating our boys in blue.
Saturday night come for the baseball, but stay for the Labour Day Weekend fireworks! Ladies, consider registering for the finale of the very popular Ladies’ Night promotion, and a chance to win yourself a pair of $600 diamond earrings.
Sunday is Family Day, which means a 1:35 start time as well as bouncy castles, face painting, and complimentary sunscreen for an afternoon in the late summer sunshine. They are also offering exclusive tickets to experience batting practice with the Champions hitters! Register ahead of time to get your chance in the batting cage before the game, with tips and pointers from the team’s best sluggers. Your ticket also includes a pre-game BBQ. Cost for adults is $40, and youth are $20.
Monday is undoubtedly the Main Event. The Champions are hosting Montréal Expos Day in Ottawa, and have signed 72 year old Bill “Spaceman” Lee to a one day contract, to hit as DH for the home team. Other notable Expos in attendance include: “Oil Can” Boyd, Dave Cash, Rondell White, Claude Raymond and Orlando Cabrera.
Special event tickets are on sale for the opportunity to meet and greet the baseball legends in a lunch and private autograph session. There will also be a silent auction, with the proceeds going towards CHEO and the Montréal Children’s Hospital. Wear your Expos gear, and bring all the nostalgic baseball fans you know. Monday will be all about the love of the game! After the final out of the 2018 season the Champions will be signing autographs, and thanking their fans for another hot and exciting summer at RCGT Park.
The Ottawa Champions play home games at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, located at 300 Coventry Road, directly off the 417 with access to the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth. Parking is $5. For more, follow @ottawachampions on Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.