ALBANY — Ian Anderson, a Shenendehowa High School graduate who helped the Atlanta Braves win the World Series earlier this year, will serve as honorary captain for the Albany FireWolves at their National Lacrosse League home opener later this month.
“I am excited to return home to the Capital Region and be part of the FireWolves’ home opener,” Anderson said in a statement released from the FireWolves, which lost 10-9 last weekend in their season debut. “The sport of lacrosse is growing in the region, and I am excited to help promote my hometown team and help grow this fun and exciting sport. I encourage the people in the region to come out and support the team.”
The FireWolves home opener at Times Union Center takes place Dec. 18 against the Rochester Knighthawks. Prior to the game, winners of a raffle will be able to participate in a meet-and-greet with Anderson. All patrons who purchase tickets to the home opener prior to noon on Dec. 16 will be entered into the raffle.
Anderson helped lead Shenendehowa to the Class AA state championship in 2016, the same year he was the No. 3 overall pick in the MLB amateur draft. Anderson made his Braves debut last year, and has 12 of 29 regular-season decisions since that point. In the playoffs, Anderson is 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35 2-3 innings. In this year’s World Series, Anderson pitched five no-hit innings and earned the win in Game 3.
“The FireWolves are so thrilled to have Ian join us for our home opener,” said George Manias, president of the FireWolves. “We are all so proud of Ian and his success and the fact that he is willing to come home to take part in our launch tells you what kind of a person he is; Ian is a special talent, a class act and a local product who is all about giving back to his community and we are proud to honor him. We want to share Ian with our fans and developed this great promotion for fans to get the chance to meet Ian up close and personal. This is very exciting for us, and we appreciate Ian being a part of it all.”
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