Pittsfield Suns look to entertain on, off field

Friday April 27, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- When fans exit Wahconah Park this summer, Tyler Tumminia, senior vice president of the Goldklang Group and co-owner of the Pittsfield Suns, hopes they will be thinking at least as much about the entertainment as they do about the baseball game.

Tumminia, Pittsfield Suns general manager and field manager Jamie Keefe, and assistant general manager Kevin McGuire spoke and answered questions at the Pittsfield Rotary Club's monthly meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday afternoon.

The Suns, a new team in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, will begin its inaugural season on June 7 at Wahconah Park.

"Our philosophy is very entertainment-oriented," Tumminia explained on Thursday. "We'd like to ‘wow' you with that aspect of it."

The team will play 27 home games in the Futures League. Tumminia and later McGuire explained that fans attending Wahconah Park will be entertained as much between innings as they will during the ballgame itself.

McGuire added that the Goldklang Group will be offering season-ticket packages tailored to fans' needs. If a family, for example, is excited about seeing just the games that will culminate with fireworks displays, there is a package for them. There will be fireworks displays at the park on most home Friday evenings, he said.

McGuire added that tickets will be priced for families. General admission tickets are $5, while box seat tickets are $7. Season ticket packages will be $110 for general admission tickets to $175 for box seats. There will be specialized packages for students, senior citizens and children, he said.

McGuire acknowledged that the city has been something of a revolving door for franchises the past few years.

"We're looking to change minds about baseball in Pittsfield," he said. "We want to support the community that supports us."

Keefe spoke briefly about the caliber of players who will be playing for the Suns this summer. He conceded that the rest of the league had their rosters set when he began signing players a few weeks ago. An added restriction is that the league, which based entirely in New England, requires that half of each roster must be made up of players who either play their college baseball or were born in New England.

Keefe's present roster, which he may expand, has 26 players, of which 13 are New England-based.

The league is deemed a collegiate league, but Keefe assured the audience that "you won't know these are college players, with their ability and the way they carry themselves."

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