Wilmington, DE - On a night where kids walk around getting candy for free, Halloween is a highlight on any household's calendar. Yet the Wilmington Blue Rocks wanted to up the ante, so they sent their mascot to tag along for some trick-or-treating with the Giles family on Wednesday evening.
Rocky Bluewinkle helped collect candy in Wilmington with youngsters Nolan and Mason. Rocky dressed in his Star Wars jersey with light saber in hand. Meanwhile, his young pals went as a baseball player and a shark. The Giles won a social media contest run by the Blue Rocks in October.
Parents Ken and Kelly accompanied the trio on their candy quest and said it was a night to cherish.
"We were the talk of the neighborhood," Kelly said. "Almost every house got so excited and grabbed their cameras--children and adults alike."
The young mom said this was a memory her young sons will carry with them for the rest of their life. A night they'll tell their kids about: 'When I was a kid I took a seven-foot blue moose mascot with me door-to-door looking for candy.'
"I mean who doesn't love Rocky?" Kelly said. "He made the night a great one and we can't wait to come visit him again (for Opening Night) on April 4. It was a tremendous experience."
The Blue Rocks make community outreach a priority. The team has won five consecutive Matt Minker Awards, which goes to the club that best demonstrates an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, support, and leadership within its community in the Carolina League. The award is named after the Blue Rocks' founder, who owned the club until his death in 2007. Minker, whose construction company built Frawley Stadium, is still the team's honorary president.
The Blue Rocks recently announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract to remain the Advanced-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Season seats and mini plans for the 2019 season are on sale now, while groups packages will be available for purchase November 8. The season starts on Thursday, April 4. For more information, please go to BlueRocks.com.
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