GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars have announced that they will hold this year's "Meet the Diamondbacks" event on Friday, January 27 followed by a free coaches clinic on Saturday, January 28.
Meet the Diamondbacks, held inside the Super Suite banquet room on the upper level of Northwestern Medicine Field, builds the anticipation of Opening Night, which will take place on Thursday, April 6 when the Cougars host the Clinton LumberKings.
Admission is $49 and includes a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet featuring marinated grilled chicken, rustic cod with a lemon butter sauce, a beef tenderloin carving station, macaroni and cheese as well as complimentary draft beer and wine throughout the night. A cash bar will also be open for additional beverage purchases. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour with dinner starting at 7 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with the Diamondbacks guest speakers.
Speakers for this year's event include former MLB manager, Butch Hobson, who was recently named the 18th Cougars manager in franchise history along with other members of this season's field staff including pitching coach Rich Sauveur, hitting coach Jose Amado and Arizona Diamondbacks Infield Coordinator Gil Velasquez.
Seating is limited as similar events in the past have sold out.
Fans can call 630-232-8811 to order tickets or visit kccougars.com to reserve their spot.
The following morning, the Cougars will hold a free Coaches Clinic featuring professional instructors from both the Cougars and Diamondbacks organizations. The clinic will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. in the upper deck level of Northwestern Medicine Field.
While open to the public, the Coaches Clinic is intended for adult coaches and attendees are encouraged to bring video recorders as well as note pads for their convenience. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit each station and learn valuable pointers in each area of the playing field while practicing techniques and coaching style. Donuts and coffee will be provided.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to the Coaches Clinic by calling the Cougars front office at 630-232-8811 or by emailing Sean Freed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 151 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.