PITTSFIELD -- The temperatures may still be way below freezing, but the Pittsfield Suns want local fans to think baseball. One way to do it is to bring Brian Cashman here.
The Yankees general manager will be the guest at the Suns' inaugural Hot Stove Night. The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Colonial Theatre.
"We've been working the angles to get a big marquee name for a long time," Suns general manager Kevin McGuire said. "Brian has always been at the top of our list.
"His schedule, of course, being as hectic as it is, it took us about a year to find a date that actually worked. We called him up, said did this date work, and he said ‘Yes, let's do it.' "
Cashman will appear on the stage at the Colonial to talk baseball and answer questions at 7:15 p.m. In addition to Cashman's talk, fans will be able to ask and submit questions for the Yankees general manager. Fans can submit those questions at the Suns' website, www.pittsfieldsuns.com.
Tickets are $35 in advance for the event and $40 at the door. In addition, there will be a VIP session at the theatre at 6. Tickets are $70 in advance and $75 at the door. The VIP session includes floor seating for the event, hors d'oeuvres, an opportunity to have a photo taken with Cashman and a $20 voucher good toward the Suns' 2014 season.
The Goldklang Group, owners of the Suns, has a couple of affiliations with the Yankees.
"Marv's a minority owner with the Yankees, so I'm sure that didn't hurt," said McGuire. "Our relationship with Cashman goes far back because of our affiliation with the Yankees at our Charleston organization. We've worked with the Yankees front office for many, many years. The relationship has been there."
Cashman, 46, began his baseball career as a 19-year old intern with the Yankees in 1986. Twelve years later, he was named senior vice president and general manager. In between, Cashman worked in baseball operations as an assistant, assistant farm director and assistant general manager.
The Yankees won six American League and four World Series championships with Cashman as the general manager. His teams have led the American League in wins eight times.
"All of our other teams have done hot stoves. Cashman has been, I know, at Hudson Valley and Charleston in the past," said McGuire. "This is the third time he'll speak with us. Each one of our teams will do this every year."
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