Upcoming Hot Stove Banquets

By Melissa Felkins

Both the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels have Hot Stove dinner events coming up, with Jeremy Affeldt and Dave Dravecky signed up as their headliners. The Grizzlies event is February 4th. The Flying Squirrels event is coming up quickly on January 16th.

If you’re interested in the Grizzlies event, here are the details:

"The 53rd Anniversary Hot Stove Gala will take place Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at Pardini’s Catering and Banquets. This year’s gala will feature San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.The Hot Stove Gala is an annual event that kicks-off the beginning of the baseball season in the Central Valley. Throughout the night multiple awards will be given that include: Male and Female Player of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and the Al Radka Award."

Tickets for the event in Fresno at $75 per person and includes dinner.

If you’re interested in the Flying Squirrels event, here are the details:

"The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, have announced the celebrity guest list for their 4th Annual Hot Stove Banquet on Thursday, January 16th, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at VCU. The headline guest for the 4th annual event is former MLB pitcher and noted inspirational speaker and author Dave Dravecky. The banquet will include an autograph session with each of the celebrities attending."

Tickets for that event is $100 unless you are a season ticket holder.

The Flying Squirrels have several more special guests lined up than the Fresno event, at this point.

"4th Annual Hot Stove Celebrity Guest List:Dave Dravecky (Former MLB pitcher, noted inspirational speaker and author)Roger Kieschnick (2011 Squirrels’ MVP, current Giants’ outfielder)Jarrett Parker (2013 Squirrels’ outfielder, UVA product)Johnny Monell (2011, 2012 Squirrels’ catcher, currently a member of Orioles’ 40-man roster)Cla Meredith (Former MLB Pitcher, VCU product)Chris Ray (Former MLB Pitcher, currently Co-Owner of Center of the Universe Brewery)Johnny Grubb (Former MLB outfielder, currently the baseball coach at Meadowbrook High School)Gene Alley (Former MLB SS, Two-time MLB All-Star)Tracy Woodson (Former MLB third baseman, current baseball coach at University of Richmond)Sam Ayoub (Former Richmond Braves Trainer)Joe McEachern (Eastern League President)"