Idelson said tickets for the Classic are still available. First- and third-base seats are $12.50, and outfield seats are $11. They can be purchased Saturday at the Will Call tent in the Doubleday Field parking lot beginning at 8 a.m.
The first four classics were held on or the day before Father’s Day in mid-June. Idelson said he thought the switch to Memorial Day weekend would allow more fans to attend.
“We’ve always evaluated after each Classic what we want to keep the same and what we want to do differently,” Idelson said. “The move to Memorial Day weekend was a bit more patriotic and something we could tie to the military in a more defined way. In June, we were also competing with graduations and the end of the high school baseball season, so it made sense to move it Memorial Day weekend.”
Last year’s Classic, a 5-4 Knucksies win over the Wizards, was played before 5,116 people — a little more than half-capacity at Doubleday.
“We’re very happy with the creation of the Classic,” Idelson said. “It continues to be a milestone event on our calendar. It provides great entertainment at an incredibly reasonable price.”
The Knucksies, who’ll be managed by Gaston, are riding a four-game winning streak.
The roster for the Knucksies includes Niekro, Henderson, David Arthur, Bob Boone, Bret Boone, Bert Campaneris, Will Clark, Doug Creek, John Doherty, Brian Fisher, Dave Fleming, Todd Haney, Robby Hisert, Jim Leyritz, T.J. Mathews, Brian McRae and Dmitri Young.
Team Goose, which replaces the Wizards, is made up of Gossage, Fingers, Bennett, Boehringer, Jason Dighton, Robert Fick, Chuck Goggin, Jeffrey Hammonds, Jim Hannan, Blake Helm, Jason King, Al Levine, Oreste Marrero, Desi Relaford, Dennis Rasmussen, Benito Santiago and Mark Whiten.
Three soldiers from Fort Drum — David Arthur, Jason Dighton and Jason King — also will play.