The La Crosse Loggers baseball club announced their plans for their 10th Winter Baseball BBQ at a press conference earlier today held at the Stoney Creek Inn, Onalaska. The Northwoods Conference Center, inside of the Stoney Creek Inn, will be the host location for the Loggers hot stove event which will take place on Thursday, December 6 with doors opening to the public at 6:00 p.m. and the program starting at 7:05 p.m.
The featured guest speaker for the 10th Winter BBQ will be a member of the 2005 La Crosse Loggers club who is currently a member of the Colorado Rockies, Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco is coming off of a banner year in which he ranked fifth in the National League in hitting and 15th overall in Major League Baseball with a .309 batting average. The 26-year old utility man was the leading hitter for the Rockies in 2012 and played third base, first base and saw time behind the plate.
Pacheco got use to having his name appear amongst the leading hitters in his days with the Loggers as he ranked second on the team with a .287 batting average in that 2005 season, which was the summer after his freshman year at the University of New Mexico. Pacheco also tallied 13 doubles, three homers and 33 RBI’s along with playing in 62 of the possible 64 NWL games. The Albuquerque, N.M. native enjoyed a very successful career at UNM before the Rockies selected him in the ninth round of the 2007 MLB Draft.
Tickets for the Loggers 10th Winter Baseball BBQ go on sale at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9 at the Loggers ticket office (1225 Caledonia St., La Crosse) or by calling 608-796-9553. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under and include a ballpark style meal that will feature Klement’s hot dogs and bratwursts. Corporate table options are also available by inquiring with the Loggers front office staff.
Fans will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from the Loggers new field manager, Jason Nell, as well as former Logger and current Atlanta Braves farmhand, Tony Mueller. Coaches and players from the UW-La Crosse baseball team will also be on hand to talk about their upcoming 2013 season and defending their WIAC title.
The Loggers will open their eleventh season of play at a date to be determined in May, 2013. The 2013 slate of games is expected to be released in the coming weeks from the Northwoods League office. The Loggers business office/retail store is open year-round at 1225 Caledonia St., La Crosse, M-F, 8-5. Fans may also call the Loggers office at 608-796-9553 or visit www.lacrosseloggers.com for team and ticket information.