San Rafael Pacifics Up For Sale

Today, The San Rafael Pacifics sent out a press release to the media about the future of their team.

SR_Pacs.PNG

PRESS RELEASE

August 29, 2018

The San Rafael Pacifics ownership group announced today that the team will be offered for sale at the conclusion of the 2018 season.  

 

The independent minor league baseball team has been in operation since 2012, having won over that span three Pacific Association championships, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 “Large Business of the Year Award” and “The Spirit of Marin Award” and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Business Diversity Award”.

 

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of offering the Pacifics to the Marin County community,” said Pacifics Managing Principal Owner Eugene Lupario.  “But, after seven years of owning the team we’ve decided to step aside and allow new owners to come in to take the team to the next level.”

 

The team has received critical praise for their active participation in numerous community outreach programs including, among others, hospital visits, school reading programs, nonprofit donations and fundraisers, free baseball clinics and equipment giveaways to underserved youth and cause-based awareness programs.  

 

“Hopefully, we’ve done some really great things for our fans, the community and for the game of baseball,” said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro.  “Our ownership group has been nothing short of amazing in their support for keeping the Pacifics going over all these years. They’ve given generously of their time, resources and money.”

 

Home games are played at historic Albert Park in downtown San Rafael and the team has led the league in attendance and revenues each year of their existence.  

 

The Pacifics play in the 6-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, the only remaining independent league based on the West Coast.  In addition to San Rafael, the league is composed of teams in Sonoma, Napa, Vallejo, Pittsburg and Martinez. Players in the league have either been drafted by major league clubs and released or are undrafted former collegiate players.  The league offers such players an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in order to hopefully climb to higher levels of professional baseball.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  Michael Shapiro at mshapiro@pacificsbaseball.com

Advertisements

JaXon Argos Takes On The WildThings

Earlier this month, Indy Ball Island covered the relationship between indy baseball and indy wrestling.  The article mentioned that indy wrestler, JaXon Argos, was set to throw out the first pitch at the Washington WildThings game ahead of the Big Time Wrestling event coming to the ball park.

Argos thought he was prepared for his first pitch, but after the ball went *just a bit outside… he unexpectedly ended up in a confrontation on the mound instead.

*waaaaayyyy outside

WildThings newcomer, Levi MaVorhis, was tasked with catching the first pitch. MaVorhis, a pitcher who was recently released after being in the St. Louis Cardinals organization since signing as a free agent from Kansas State in 2016, officially joined the WildThings that morning and delivered a Stone Cold Stunner before ever throwing a pitch with the team. Welcome to indy ball, Levi!

After being a starter primarily throughout college, MaVorhis spent the majority of his time in the Cardinals organization as a relief pitcher.  Washington hopes to convert him back into a starting role, as he will get his first chance to start with the team on Saturday.  I’m not sure what will be more memorable, his first day on the job or his first day on the mound.

He may be a baseball player, but it seems as if he wouldn’t mind a career in pro wrestling either.

“That was a really fun experience,” said MaVorhis. “JaXon was a good sport about everything, and I had a great time.  If he ever wants a rematch, he knows where to find me!”

He may not have to wait long for the rematch.

After his less than stellar first pitch, JaXon was invited to race the WildThing in between innings. That didn’t go as planned either as the WildThing pushed JaXon right from the start and ended up overcoming a few punches to take home the win.

During the 7th inning stretch, JaXon tried to redeem himself for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” but was thrown a curveball when he was made to dance and do the “Cotton Eye Joe” as well!

“I came here to throw a baseball and enjoy my time! Then some punk decides to hit me with a Stone Cold Stunner? A mascot shoves me and embarrassed me?” Argos stated.

“I will get revenge… I don’t know how and I don’t know when… but the Washington Wild Things are DEFINITELY going to feel the wrath of Argos one day!”

20180726_202444.jpg

Wrestling Night may not have been successful for JaXon Argos, but it was for the Washington Wild Things. The team’s attendance was fairly decent for a weekday – it was their best Thursday crowd besides the night Pat McAfee played. In addition, I saw a lot of fans out at the park who don’t normally come to games. Hopefully, they enjoyed themselves and plan on returning in the future!

Writing and sharing stories about Independent Baseball.

Advertisements