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Champions baseball is going to the dogs

By Kiersten Vuorimaki on August 5, 2017

This Monday August 7, RCGT Park is literally going to the dogs. The Ottawa Champions are hosting Paws in the Park to welcome baseball fans and their furry best friends to enjoy a holiday day game in the sunshine. Game time is 1:35pm and all tickets purchased include admittance of your dog! The Champions will also donate $5 to the Ottawa Humane Society for every ticket sold online when the promo code “PAW” is used at checkout.

There will be a dedicated section of the stands for dog owners and lovers to keep it safe and fun for everyone involved. This is also an excellent opportunity for the dogless among us to make friends. After the game, the dogs will be invited onto the field for a roll in the grass, so be sure to stick around after the final out to watch the boundless joy of a field full of dogs.

The Sunshine Disc Dog Group will be showing off their amazing disc skills pregame and in the middle of the 5th inning so plan your bathroom break accordingly. This club has a gang of really beautiful dogs who perform incredible tricks on their own and with their lucky owners in the outfield. They will also be roaming the concourse if you have any questions about what they do, or how to get involved with your own athletically inclined dog.

Photo from the Sunshine Disc Dog Group Facebook page.

Photo from the Sunshine Disc Dog Group Facebook page.

The Champions are more than halfway through the season, and are making a strong move to the playoffs again. The CanAm League has 6 teams and the top 4 make it to the postseason: upsetting the standings this far into the summer is crucial. We are currently in the midst of a tough road trip in Rockland, taking on the league bullies and perennial odds-on favourites. Monday is the start of a new series against the New Jersey Jackals who are currently sitting comfortably in 3rd spot so Hal Lanier’s boys will be looking to catch up.

The Champions’ first two seasons proved that they are an August ball club so expect the bats to get hot and for a serious win streak or two to give them the same momentum that they rode right into the CanAm Championship last September. Outfielder Matt Helms is just coming off of a record setting 14 game hit streak, 3rd baseman Gustavo Pierre is tied for second in the CanAm for doubles and shortstop Daniel Bick is also tied for 2nd for stolen bases. Watch our All Stars Danny Grauer and Sebastien Boucher continue to make it on base with almost miraculous regularity. The boys of summer are finding their next gear.

If you haven’t made it to a game yet this season, it is certainly not too late. Local favourites like Kichessipi and Clocktower provide the beer, and Lois and Frima’s doles out ice cream, milkshakes and root beer floats because it is finally summer in Ottawa.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth. Parking is $5, making it the most affordable professional sports event in town. RCGT Park is located at 300 Coventry Road, directly off the 417 with access to the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge and the Transitway. For more, follow the Champions on Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram @ottawachampions.