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Dutchmen swing into town

"They kind of become part of the family," said Polsinelli.

She said that most of the families participating benefit from the players being role models for their children.

"If they have baseball-playing kids, it's an opportunity for the kids to receive lessons," said Polsinelli.

She said that the team tries to match players with families whose children play the same position as the player.

"We try to have everyone have two [players] because it's easier, and the players like it," said Polsinelli.

So far, the team has only placed five players. In addition to having positive role models for young children, host families also receive other benefits, including season tickets to all home games, discounts on concessions and team merchandise, and a thank-you gift basket containing gift certificates, merchandise and coupons to local businesses.

The team plays their first game at Bleeker Stadium on Friday, June 4. Brinkman says that in addition to the game, fans who attend can enjoy concessions provided by Savannah's, a beer garden and live music.

"There is really something for everyone," he said.

Tickets to the games cost $3 for children, and $5 for adults. According to Brinkman, ticket prices are low because the goal of the team is not to make money; it is to groom elite collegiate players to compete at the professional level and to give back to the community.

For information about the Albany Dutchmen, visit the team's Web site at Dutchmenbaseball.com. For information about becoming a host family for players, contact Denise Polsinelli at 369-5093 or Jason Brinkman at 210-8383.

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