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‘The Office Night’ with Brian Baumgartner among Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2020 theme nights

‘The Office Night’ with Brian Baumgartner among Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2020 theme nights
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From a press release:

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have announced their 2020 theme nights at PNC Field in Moosic. The new season opens on Thursday, April 9 at home against the Buffalo Bisons, and the RailRiders have added a bevy of theme nights and special guest appearances to their already announced daily promotional schedule, bobbleheads, and fireworks dates.

On Tuesday, the RailRiders announced 13 fireworks dates for the regular season. Fireworks begin on opening night after the final out. Starting Friday, June 12, fireworks will follow every Friday and Saturday night home game this year. The team will once again play at home on Saturday, July 4, playing host to the Pawtucket Red Sox, with an extended fireworks show to follow the holiday game.

No RailRiders season would be complete without rivals battling it out at PNC Field (235 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic). Purchase a three-game Pinstripe Plan to see Scranton/Wilkes-Barre take on Lehigh Valley in the IronRail Series on Thursday, April 16; Saturday, Aug. 8; and Friday, Sept. 4. The Big Apple Plan nets I-81 Series games against the Syracuse Mets on April 25, May 30, and June 25. Each rivalry series plan is $33 for a field reserved seat.

Faith and Family Day is April 25 at 4:05 p.m. when the RailRiders take on the Syracuse Mets. Spend a late Saturday afternoon at the ballpark with friends and family for some fun and fellowship.

STEM School Days return on Thursday, May 7 and Thursday, May 21 with a 10:35 a.m. first pitch. Students from across the region will pack PNC Field for these two day dates with a variety of activities around the park. For the third straight season, local students will also participate in a pre-game trebuchet competition.

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will wear their military jerseys twice, Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25. The team will wear these uniforms again on July 4, and these commemorative jerseys will be autographed and auctioned that night.

Tuesday, June 9 marks the first of five Copa de la Diversi√≥n games this season. The RailRiders will also become the Vejigantes on Tuesday, July 21 and Aug. 7-9, paying tribute to the region’s growing Latinx culture.

As locals knows well, there ain’t no party like a Scranton party ’cause a Scranton party don’t stop. The Office Night is Friday, June 12, and actor Brian Baumgartner, a.k.a. Kevin Malone from accounting on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office,” will make a special guest appearance. Details on an exclusive VIP meet and greet will be released in March. Baumgartner has visited PNC Field before with fellow cast members, and he recently made a surprise stop in Scranton last month.

Saturday, June 13 is Youth Baseball and Softball Night. Group packages are available now to bring your team or league to the ballpark.

On June 14, Peppa Pig and her brother George will be at PNC Field for a special appearance. Children of all ages will have the chance to see these beloved characters in person during a Sunday Family FunDay.

The first of the 2020 Bobblehead Series will be given away on Saturday, June 27 when the RailRiders honors its Legends Racers. Mickey Mantle and Thurman Munson start their own jaunt for the first 2,500 fans prior to a game against the Rochester Red Wings.

In addition to each fireworks shows during the 2020 regular season, each night of the Keystone Mid Summer Classic, presented by Norwegian Cruise Line, on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, 15 will conclude with fireworks. Ticket bundles cover all the action each day Tuesday and Wednesday, including the Triple-A All-Star Game presented by the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, and are available now at

The RailRiders annual Camp Day game is Thursday, July 23, with a 12:05 p.m. first pitch. RailRiders University players will watch the team take on Norfolk alongside fellow summer campers from across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As “The Captain” enters the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the RailRiders will honor Derek Jeter during the last weekend in July. On Friday, July 24, the team will wear throwback cardinal vests in homage to Jeter’s time with the RailRiders in 2015, adorned with a patch honoring one of baseball’s new legends, and the jerseys will be auctioned off following the last strike. Saturday, July 25 is the Derek Jeter Bobblehead giveaway, leading up to his Cooperstown induction.

The Gleyber Torres emojihead giveaway is set for Saturday, Aug. 8. He has made his mark on baseball since his debut in 2018, and this unique giveaway with have fans ROTFL as long as they are one of the first 2,500 fans through the gates.

On Friday, Aug. 21, the RailRiders will have what is believed to be Minor League Baseball’s first-ever “Players Night.” Like their MLB brethren, the team will wear custom jerseys to be auctioned off, but with one catch. The players themselves will design these jerseys, so fans will get a true one-of-a-kind classic – well, 30-of-a-kind with the full roster.

The Legends Race Bobblehead Series crosses the finish on Sunday, Aug. 23 as Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin head for home.

Red Titan Ryan and Combo Panda from Ryan’s World will be at the ballpark on Aug. 23 for another Geisinger Sunday Family FunDay. These costumed YouTube characters will be available for photos with fans throughout the game.

Additional theme nights will be announced the week of Feb. 24. All promotions and game times remain subject to change.

For more information on season ticket memberships, ticket plans, the Keystone Mid Summer Classic, and more, call the RailRiders front office at 570-969-BALL or visit

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Brian Baumgartner hanging out with fans at The Bog and Backyard Ale House on Jan. 23 here.