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1) Trimania, 8 p.m. April 14 in the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main St.). General admission is $25 here, while single VIP is $50 and couples VIP is $80. Commentary: Buffalo Arts Studio presents a night of multimedia pleasure in the Tri-Main Center, with a wealth of live music, more than 50 art installations and a chance to meet many of the building's tenants planned. It's…

Bisons and Baseball

For this anniversary, Gabriel's Gate was the right place to talk baseball. On a quiet Tuesday, Paul Battaglia showed up at the same Allen Street restaurant where he and an informal group of young architects and dreamers used to gather in Buffalo 40 years ago. Battaglia was joined by fellow architects Brian Brady and Peter Flynn, and by Tim Tielman, a longtime preserv…

Bisons and Baseball

TORONTO — Get ready for a new name to adorn the home of the Buffalo Bisons after this season. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company is not renewing its naming rights deal on Coca-Cola Field and the city will be putting the name up for bid to determine the park's fifth moniker since it opened in 1988. "Beginning in 2019, the Bisons and Coca-Cola are excited to extend our lon…

Bisons and Baseball

Ben Wagner has watched hundreds of players get the call to the major leagues over his 11 seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bisons. Now he's the one getting the call. Wagner was named the new radio voice of the parent Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. “It is a dream come true, and a lot of years in the making,” said Wagner. Wagner, 37, will be replacing …

Gusto

In the game of stadium concessions, bigger and weirder is usually better. The Buffalo Bisons and the Consumer's Pub at the Park have worked together to develop a few new gargantuan food choices for the Triple-A team's home slate, which begins at 2 p.m. April 12 at Coca-Cola Field. At a media event Thursday, the Buster Burger – two half-pound Angus beef patties, red o…

Extra innings will have a new look in minor league baseball this season and Buffalo Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski is not happy with the change, which is a massive upheaval to baseball traditionalists. As part of the pace-of-play initiatives pushed by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, all extra-inning games will have a runner placed at second base at the start of ea…

Food and Drink

In light of Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau's french fry post with the best of local gourmet fries, we got to thinking: Where are the best places for humble fries? You know, the kind of french fries you eat if you're out at a bar with friends, bowling or looking for a late-night snack. Plus, just because some fries may come pre-cut and frozen doesn't automatically mean …

Bisons and Baseball

The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…

Sports

SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and Toron…

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TORONTO -- There was one out in the top of the ninth inning Sunday and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons showed he understood how to make great theater. With two outs left in the home finale of a disappointing Blue Jays season, Gibbons had Ezequiel Carerra trot out of the third-base dugout toward right field. It was time for Jose Bautista to head off the Rogers Centre turf…

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Players and coaches aren't the only ones in Triple-A looking for a ticket to the majors. Broadcasters want to move up too and longtime Buffalo Bisons' voice Ben Wagner is getting the call to Toronto for the next two games on the Blue Jays' nationwide radio network. Wagner, who has called the Herd's games since 2007, will be replacing Mike Wilner for tonight and Thursday…

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In the wake of the stunning trade that went down late Thursday night, Houston in 2017 how has a much-improved chance of becoming Boston of 2013 or New York of 2001. The Yankees, remember, were two outs away from winning the World Series in Game Seven at Arizona in the emotional aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Red Sox were a unifying source for a city all summer in th…

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I'm old enough to remember the days of manual typewriters, carbon paper, glue pots and air tubes in the floor to send stories to the composing room. As if it was part of an old movie reel, and not the real-life 1980s. Things are so different now that I spent part of Wednesday night live streaming a mascot race over my phone. Talk about two ends of a journalistic spectrum. …

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The Buffalo Bisons kick off their final homestand of the season on Monday against Pawtucket. The only thing at stake with eight games remaining in the season is who will finish third in the International League North and who will finish fourth, as the Red Sox currently sit two games ahead of Buffalo. Here are the details: First pitch: 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) …

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The Buffalo Bisons relinquished a 3-1 lead Sunday in Rochester, dropping the rubber match of a three-game set against the Red Wings, 4-3. The hosts scored one run in the sixth and a pair in the seventh, and Buffalo couldn't push a run across the plate in its last meeting of the year with its thruway rival. The Bisons (61-73) have already secured themselves at least a fo…