CHARLESTON, S.C. - The dog days of summer are officially here. Returning from a weeklong road stint, the Charleston RiverDogs will kick off the summer season, turn up their favorite T-Swift tunes, host a postgame home run derby, and celebrate Charleston's notorious history of piracy starting on Thursday as they begin a four-game homestand, taking on the Augusta GreenJackets from May 18-21 at Joe Riley Park.
Thursday, May 18, 7:05pm: Budweiser Thirsty Thursday/Summer Kickoff Party: School's out! The RiverDogs will help local college students celebrate the end of the academic year with a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday to kick off the homestand. Turn up with your best beach digs and enjoy dollar beers all night long in the Budweiser Ashley View Pub featuring the musical stylings of DJ Natty Heavy. Fans that turn 21 each Thirsty Thursday will receive free admission with proof of an ID and college students can secure tickets at the gate for just $5.
Friday, May 19, 7:05pm: Taylor Swift Night/ Home Telecom Fireworks/Red Shirt Friday: Everyone will be feeling 22 on Friday night at The Joe as the RiverDogs unapologetically express their admiration of the Grammy award winning pop sensation. Get ready to sing-a-long to T-Swift's best jams all night along, including during a postgame fireworks extravaganza presented by Home Telecom. As part of Red Shirt Fridays, fans who wear red to the game get $1 off their ticket purchase at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Palmetto Military Support Group.
Saturday, May 20, 6:05pm: Lowcountry High School Home Run Derby/Girl Scouts Night: As part of the postgame "Saturdays Live at The Joe" presented by NASH FM and Fox 24, high school sluggers from eight area schools will showcase their power in front of the Charleston faithful with the winner being crowned the Lowcountry's home run champion. The high school champ will earn a $500 prize and earn an automatic berth in the prep home run contest taking place as part of the South Atlantic League's All-Star week festivities in Columbia in June. The eight contestants will compete in an MLB All-Star Home Run Derby format with the contestants competing head-to-head in a bracket style competition with timed rounds. Each player will be given two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible with the winner of each head-to-head matchup advancing until a final winner is determined. Select RiverDogs players will also be available for pregame autographs each Saturday. Lowcountry Girl Scout troops will also be in attendance and stick around for a postgame campout on the field.
Sunday, May 21, 5:05pm: Pirates Night/MUSC Health Family Sundays in the Holy City: Hoist up the sails and weigh anchor as the RiverDogs celebrate Charleston's notorious history of piracy. The club will take note of famed buccaneers including Edward Teach AKA "Blackbeard" and Stede Bonnet, "the Gentleman Pirate" who each docked in the Charleston harbor throughout history. The RiverDogs will also look back on their lineage as a Pirates affiliate in the SALLY League from 1973-78 when famed swashbuckling heroes like five-time World Series champion Willie Randolph roamed the grounds of College Park. Every Sunday is an MUSC Health Family Sunday in the Holy City as the RiverDogs don their specialty Holy City pinstriped uniforms on an evening of family fun. In partnership with Y102.5, the RiverDogs offer free parking while members of the MUSC Children's Health Kids Club (12 and under) gain free admission, eat free, play pregame catch on the field, and run the bases postgame.
RiverDogs tickets, including options for the all-new Riley Park Club, are now available and can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can't make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area or by streaming online at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio App by searching "RiverDogs."