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Cardinals to Become Wagon Wheels on July 9


The Johnson City Cardinals (rookie; Appalachian League) will add a unique entry to this summer’s slate of theme nights, as they pay tribute to the song “Wagon Wheel.” On July 9, the Cardinals will play as the Johnson City Wagon Wheels, featuring a commemorative jersey and more. 

Inspired by the famous song “Wagon Wheel” – originally released by Old Crow Medicine Show and subsequently covered by artists such as Darius Rucker and Mumford and Sons – the Cardinals will wear special Wagon Wheel themed jerseys and will have live music in the concourse pregame. Wagon Wheel types of food will be served in the concession stand and fans can take horse drawn wagons rides into the stadium.

After the game the jerseys will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds supporting The United Way of Washington County.

“Each year brings with it new opportunities to let our community know about the work of our agencies and the support provided, as they touch so many lives. The Wagon Wheel Night game partnership with the Johnson City Cardinals represents such an opportunity,” added Lester Lattany, President and CEO of The Washington County United Way.” This 2016 Campaign theme Strengthening our Community through Others allows all of us to look at how we can individually and collectively make Johnson City, Jonesborough, and all of Washington County a better place to live. Thank you for helping us bring awareness to circumstances in our community by letting us be a part of the Cardinals team for this night.”

Johnson City, Tennessee has become synonymous for the song “Wagon Wheel” for the lyrics:

But he’s a-heading west from the Cumberland gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

Those lyrics have become ingrained in the culture in Johnson City, in part because of the geographic impossibility of doing so. To get to Johnson City from the Cumberland Gap, a person would have to travel west, not east.

“We’re excited about this promotion, and it’s unique in that it relates directly to the city of Johnson City,” added Cardinals GM Tyler Parsons. “It’s amazing to me how many people identify with Johnson City due to this song and it’s almost impossible to go out around East Tennessee and not hear one version or another. It’s going to be a fun night and will be for a great cause as we raise money for The United Way.”

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