The Brantford Red Sox are preparing for their 2023 Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) season when they take on the Kitchener Panthers in their home-opener on on Friday, May 19, 2023.
While the players are getting ready on the field, ownership and staff are preparing to welcome fans and the community back to Arnold Anderson Stadium for another season.
As part of their commitment to the community, the Red Sox will be holding fundraising initiatives, where community organizations will have dedicated game nights.
“We will have several game nights for organizations including the Stedman Hospice, Brant County SPCA and the Lansdowne Children’s Centre, which will be held on June 4,” said Connie Pomerleau, co-owner of the Red Sox. “Lansdowne approached us about a partnership and they became a sponsor so we are going to have a Lansdowne game night. We want to bring awareness about Lansdowne and what they do in our community, because a lot of people don’t know. We will also be doing some fundraising that night for Lansdowne as well.”
Besides community support, the Red Sox have made a couple of other off-field changes for this season, including the elimination of weekday evening games and a renovated Coco’s Corner, which will be selling Mash Paddle Brewing Company products and Crafty Elk Organic Hard Juice and Vodka, two local beverage companies.
“We always want to support local businesses, as well as, local organizations and Mash Paddle reached out to us this year and then Crafty Elk joined us and we couldn’t be happier to have them be a part of the upcoming season,” Pomerleau said.
As the Red Sox begin their 112th season, Pomerleau explained the value and importance of being immersed in the community.
“The Brantford Red Sox are a part of the community, they have a long history in Brantford and we’re not just here to play ball. By sponsoring the team, you’re allowing us to have these initiatives to support other organizations that need funding and that are important in our community as well. So I think the Red Sox are just as important to helping those people and those other organizations,” said Pomerleau. “We’re all part of the community, so we all want to work together.”