Roster unveiling begins for Disco Turkeys' inaugural season
The Disco Turkeys began announcing roster signings this week as they slowly unveil their inaugural team for fans. New players will continue to be announced every day or two until the season begins on the road in late May.
The Disco Turkeys’ home slate begins in early June. All home games will be held at Winston-Salem’s Truist Stadium, also home to the Winston-Salem Dash.
Roster additions announced this week included Christian Ezzell (Brevard), a catcher and outfielder; Alex Canty (Lindenwood), a middle infielder; and Deion Tubbs (McKendree), an outfielder. Canty has been having a particularly good season thus far this spring, batting over .400 as an everyday player for the red-hot Lions, which have been ranked as high as No. 1 in the NCAA Division II national rankings this season. Canty will be staying with family this summer in Winston-Salem.
“Right now, we’re looking forward to finishing out our inaugural roster with the absolute best pitching we can find and maybe a special middle infielder,” said Disco Turkeys head coach Kirk Cabana. “The public reception has made the biggest difference in our great start recruiting, especially with players in the area. The people following the team have been incredible and that has players really wanting to play for us.”
The final roster for the Disco Turkeys will be at roughly 30 players and will include players at all levels from JUCO to Division I. Fans can follow along with roster announcements on the team’s social media channels.
Merchandise sent to all 50 states
While the local reception for the Disco Turkeys has been warm, thanks to the internet they’ve become a national hit too. The team announced over the weekend on social media that after its first round of preorders it had mailed off official merchandise to every state but Alaska.
Quickly, an Alaska-based baseball fan with Winston-Salem ties was tagged in post comments by another fan and he made an order to help Alaska join the movement. The same new Alaska fan also publicly pledged to stop by for a game the next time he's in North Carolina.
Sponsorships to have local flavor
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Disco Turkeys are trying a non-traditional approach toward sponsorship this season by purposefully courting small and medium-sized local organizations and businesses.
“We'll talk with anyone, but it might be that there are local companies that could be a better fit for what we're trying to do this year, which is build a culture of fans and like-minded collaborators and people who like to get outside and have fun in a safe way like we do,” said Greg Sullivan, team president and co-owner of the Disco Turkeys. “We’re asking ourselves what brands can work well with ours and which ones can we build something special with, as our city begins to carefully come out of the pandemic.”
The team has a few really unique ideas up its sleeves as far sponsorships and collaborations, Sullivan said, and will also be offering traditional game day approaches, including selling space for local brands on the large Truist Stadium video board between innings.
To inquire about various sponsorship opportunities and collaborations with the Disco Turkeys, contact Greg Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.