Canseco appearance part of promotions

The Curve unveiled their 2017 promotions schedule filled with giveaways, appearances, entertainment and fireworks to fill the upcoming season.

The promotional schedule begins with a fun-packed opening day on April 13 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Cresson native and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” Josh Gallagher will be performing at the ballpark and doing a meet and greet with fans.

That night will also feature the first of more than 20 fireworks shows this season, and the first 5,000 fans through the gate will receive a 2017 Curve magnet schedule.

The recent tradition with creative bobbleheads featuring former Curve players that are now starring in the big leagues with the Pirates continues this year.

On June 9, the first 1,500 fans will take home an “I Gotta Have More Josh Cow Bell” bobblehead, as part of Tribute to Will Ferrell Night. The bobblehead pays homage to the classic “Saturday Night Live” skit, “Recording Session,” from April 2000, featuring a memorable back-and-forth by Ferrell and Christopher Walken.

On Sept. 1, the first 1,500 fans will receive a Jameson Suit & Tailllon bobblehead, featuring the Pirates’ pitcher dressed sharply with a suit and tie on.

The Curve will once again recognize a pair of school districts from the region early in the season. April 29 will be Hollidaysburg Area School District Night, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Hollidaysburg Golden Tiger bobblehead. On May 12 for Spring Cove School District Night, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Central Scarlet Dragon bobblehead.

There will be two “Star Wars” nights. The first will take place on Friday, May 19 with the Al Tuna “Revenge of the Fish” bobblebody giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. The second will take place on Saturday, May 20, and will feature “Star Wars”-themed fireworks.

Also on that night, May 20 former major league slugger Jose Canseco will be on hand to launch balls to a galaxy far, far away in a pre-game home run derby. Canseco will stick around for a meet and greet.

The always-popular 501st Legion and Garrison Carida will be making appearances for both “Star Wars” nights.

Every Sunday this season, the Curve will wear special Pirates-style black and gold jerseys. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned on Aug. 27, will all proceeds benefiting the Blair County Respiratory Disease Society.

The first chance to grab single-game tickets will be Saturday morning at Curve Fest, presented by Ravine. The first 200 fans to make a ticket purchase at Curve Fest will take home a pair of Curve gloves. Any fans who purchase a ticket for any May through September game at Curve Fest will have the opportunity to save 50 percent off the purchase of a ticket for any April home game.

The Curve open the season on the road this year, beginning April 6 with a four-game road trip to Harrisburg, then a three-game series at Richmond.

The Curve’s home opener will be April 7 to start a three-game series against Akron. The team will be off that Sunday, then host Erie for three games starting April 17.

The Curve’s new manager this season is Indiana, Pa., native Michael Ryan, who guided the Single-A Bradenton Marauders to a Florida State League championship last season.

Ryan replaces Joey Cora, who is now the third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.