by Cori Hilsgen
Pitchers from the St. Cloud Rox baseball team visited Arlington Place Assisted Living on July 8 to play bingo with the residents. Rox players also passed out ice-cream cones afterward.
Housing manager Karen Hennessy used baseball-themed bingo cards for the event. Caller Eric Nyquist would call out “catch,” “throw,” “steal,” “dugout” and other baseball-related terms until residents got a “Bingo.”
Pitcher Kyle Fischer, a New Ulm native and St. Cloud State University player, attended the event.
“There are 16 pitchers and 14 position players on the roster,” Fischer said. “We play 70 games in 75 days.
Half of those games, 35, are played in St. Cloud and the other half are played on the road.
Rox public relations person Jake Brown said they visit several places a week during the summer. They visit libraries, assisted-living facilities, the Boys and Girls Club and other places.
“We feel as an organization it’s important to show our face in the community and to be involved in the community,” Brown said. “That’s how fans get to know us.”
Hennessy said Brown had contacted her several weeks ago to see if they could come and do something with the residents. She said bingo draws the most participants of any of their events.
Hennessy said the residents commented it was fun to do something different and it was a nice party.
The Rox is a summer collegiate baseball league that plays in the Northwoods League. Current standings are 18-23, 4-2 second half and home games are played at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.