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Goldeyes Make Primetime on ‘Rick Mercer Report’

Goldeyes Make Primetime on ‘Rick Mercer Report’

Comedian Rick Mercer films a segment for "The Rick Mercer Report" alongside Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney (centre) and pitcher Ace Walker at Canwest Park on Saturday, August 28, 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will get national exposure Tuesday when the segment filmed at Canwest Park as part of “The Rick Mercer Report” airs.

Rick Mercer and his crew were at the ballpark in late August learning all about baseball, and even how to throw a perfect pitch. Mercer spent the entire day at the park and made an appearance during a home game, where he acted out a skit in front of 7,000 Goldeyes fans.

“The Goldeyes are honoured to be featured on one of the most popular made-in-Canada television shows,” said Andrew Collier, Goldeyes GM. “The entire staff had a great time spending the day with Rick.”

The show will air at 8 p.m. CT tomorrow on CBC.

View photos of Rick’s visit to Canwest Park.

Rick Mercer Gets Baseball Lesson from the Winnipeg Goldeyes

Rick Mercer Gets Baseball Lesson from the Winnipeg Goldeyes

Comedian Rick Mercer films a segment for "The Rick Mercer Report" alongside Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney (centre) and pitcher Ace Walker at Canwest Park on Saturday, August 28, 2010. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Funny man Rick Mercer invaded Canwest Park on Saturday to try his hand at becoming the next player on the Winnipeg Goldeyes. As you can likely guess, it didn’t go so well.

The host of the popular CBC television show “The Rick Mercer Report” was in Winnipeg with a film crew to learn everything from hitting and pitching, to how the production staff operates during a regular game. Mercer also took part in a sketch Saturday night during the team’s doubleheader against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.

Mercer didn’t select our beautiful city as a backdrop at random — the baseball club contacted the show’s producers about a year ago to persuade them to come here.

The segment is set to air in early October, which will put the Goldeyes in front of a national audience coast-to-coast.

The Goldeyes host Fargo again this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in their last home game of the season before travelling to Rockford and Schaumburg.

View the photo gallery below.

Weather Didn’t Cooperate with Celebrity Softball Game

Weather Didn’t Cooperate with Celebrity Softball Game

The 2010 Celebrity Slow Pitch Challenge charity softball game between the Winnipeg police and CFL alumni didn’t have the blessing of the weather gods Tuesday night at Canwest Park.

The 19th annual event was scheduled to see the Winnipeg Police All-Stars raise money for KidSport Manitoba.

The rain held off until about 6:55 p.m., and then the clouds let loose just before game time.

No word on if the game eventually went ahead as planned, but our photographer did catch a few snaps before leaving the field to retreat to drier ground.

View the photo gallery below.

ChrisD.ca photos/Ted Grant

Softball Game Raising Money for KidSport Manitoba

Softball Game Raising Money for KidSport Manitoba

By Sarah Klein

Members of the Winnipeg police slow-pitch team will face off against CFL alumni tonight in a charity softball game at Canwest Park.

The Winnipeg Police All-Stars will be raising money in support of KidSport Manitoba to help underprivileged kids take part in sports. The annual event — now in its 19th year — has raised more than $75,000 for this worthy cause.

Players participating in the session and game include hall of famers Joe Poplawski, Terry Evanshen, Willard Reeves, Bob Cameron, James Murphy, Willie Pless, Jimmy Mann, Thomas Steen, and several others.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free football skills clinic for the kids (no equipment required) and an autograph sessions between 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Game time is 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the gate for $15 each. For a printable two-for-one coupon visit SportManitoba.ca.

Weather Not an Issue in 9th Annual Relay For Life

By Sarah Klein

It’s pretty soggy outside, but that won’t deter the 9th annual Relay For Life from going ahead later tonight at Canwest Park.

About 1,200 people will gather at 7 p.m. for a non-competitive 12-hour overnight walk in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Participants in teams of 10 will take turns walking the track all night, as others enjoy plenty of entertainment, games, and themed laps to keep everyone motivated and energized.

The inaugural Survivors’ Victory Lap will be completed by cancer survivors in yellow T-shirts. “Seeing the sea of yellow walking around the track is really encouraging to all participants” said Sharon Rubel, Survivor Chair for the event. “Tonight they’ll be walking even if it’s pouring; after all they’re cancer survivors and have been through much worse.”

The Luminary Ceremony occurs at 10 p.m., where candles placed inside luminary bags will outline the track. They each bear the name of someone who has passed away to cancer or the name of a survivor. Their light guides participants around the track all night, reminding them why they are there.

Handout photo

Winnipeg Goldeyes Home Opener (PHOTOS)

Winnipeg Goldeyes Home Opener (PHOTOS)

What a beautiful day it was for the first ball game of the 2010 season at Canwest Park on Thursday.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes unfortunately couldn’t pick up a win against the newest Northern League team, the Lake County Fielders, as the Fish suffered a 7-5 loss. The Fielders rattled the Goldeyes with five runs at the top of the ninth inning in front of 6,311 fans to win their first game ever as a team.

The two teams will meet again tonight for a rematch beginning at 7 p.m., and then again on Saturday and Sunday. On holiday Monday, the Goldeyes welcome Joliet to the park for a four-game set.

View the photo gallery of opening night below.

ChrisD.ca photos/Ted Grant

Goldeyes’ Season Opener Right Around the Corner

Goldeyes’ Season Opener Right Around the Corner

Fans filled Canwest Park on Saturday as part of the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ annual Open House. The box office was open for business, and hot dogs and drinks were given out to the first 1,500 people through the gate. It was a little breezy at the park, but nothing some of the new merchandise being sold couldn’t fix.

Fans also had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the park, including getting a bird’s eye view from the press box as manager Rick Forney held a team workout on the field.

The first home game of the season is May 20 as the Goldeyes host the Lake County Fielders. That’s also the same day the first ever Tweetup Party will be held. General Manager Andrew Collier has been hard at work behind the scenes to pull off the unique gathering of Winnipeg ‘tweeps.’

ChrisD.ca photos/Ted Grant

Winnipeg Goldeyes Open Training Camp Today

Winnipeg Goldeyes Open Training Camp Today

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open up training camp this morning in preparation for the upcoming Northern League baseball season.

Twenty-five players will look to impress manager Rick Forney to fill up to 23 available positions on the roster during the two-week session. The latest addition to the list of players suiting up came with the announcement of returning slugger Kevin West on April 20 — a veteran on the team.

Also this week, the Goldeyes hold their annual Open House on Saturday, May 8, the same day single-game tickets to all 50 regular season home and pre-season games go on sale. Gates open at 10 a.m., where tours of Canwest Park will be given, and fans can oversee the team training on the field beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Goldeyes Hiring for Summer Park Positions

Goldeyes Hiring for Summer Park Positions

As the baseball season quickly approaches, the Winnipeg Goldeyes are looking to fill summer job positions at Canwest Park.

The baseball club will host two open house interview sessions on Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to  7 p.m.

Applicants must be energetic, fan-friendly and willing to have fun.

Game day positions available are bartending, food services, merchandise, parking, security and fan services.

Interested applicants are asked to bring their resumes to the ballpark (1 Portage Avenue East) on the dates listed above. No faxes or e-mails ahead of time.

Goldeyes Claim Top Fan Attendance in League

Goldeyes Claim Top Fan Attendance in League

Winnipeg GoldeyesFinal attendance numbers have been compiled for every team in the Northern League and the Winnipeg Goldeyes have claimed top spot.

The Fish drew an average crowd of 6,180, which ranks them first in their league, and 26th out of the 267 teams in 31 leagues that filed regular season attendances this season. The strong turnouts also put Winnipeg ahead of 12 Triple A, 27 Double A and all 30 Single A-Advanced teams.

For the 2009 season, Winnipeg drew 278,099 over 45 regular season openings at Canwest Park. If you factor in the two pre-season and three post-season games, over 300,000 fans took in baseball action this summer.

Since its opening 11 years ago, Canwest Park has brought in almost 3.24 million fans during the regular season, an average of 6,542 per game.