Around 22 players will suit up in orange and navy to play under the lights, many for the first time in their lives. With over a hundred friends and family in attendance, the 2010 night game promises to bring lasting memories for years to come.
Anthony Reese, 2008 Rookie of the Year recipient, will captain his team against Tony Zier, 2008′s runner-up Rookie of the Year.
Remember to bring canned goods, as the VLB donates all non-perishable proceeds to the River Bend Food Bank. In the last two years, Veto League donated over 800 pounds of food to be distributed locally to those in need. The night game is Veto League’s one and only fundraiser of the year, so concessions of hot dogs, chips, desserts, and drinks will be sold. All proceeds from food sales go toward the league’s funding for new baseball equipment. This year, Veto League was able to purchase a collapsible L-screen and also provide discounts on a newer style baseball jersey. Veto League will also be raffling off prizes from local establishment. The fee for a raffle ticket? Just one canned good.
Veto League Baseball was founded in 1998 my then Moline High School student Matt Veto. In what he calls his “greatest personal achievement”, Veto’s league has allowed over 350 men and women to play the game of baseball, providing fun, competition, and a little exercise, for no monetary cost to the player. This year, VL has played 36 games amongst 71 different faces.
Play continues this weekend, as divisional playoffs begin. In the Saukie Division, the Talons clash against the Playaz while in the Blackhawk Division, the All-Stars battle the Goonies.