RiverDogs welcome VIP

The World Series Trophy that the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (left) and Mariano Rivera worked so hard to earn last fall will make an appearance Saturday at Riley Park.

Being an affiliate of a successful organization like the New York Yankees certainly has its benefits. This weekend, the most storied franchise in baseball history is throwing the Charleston RiverDogs a bone.

The same World Series Trophy that Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Derek Jeter celebrated with following their World Series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies last November will be on display at Riley Park during the RiverDogs' game against the Greenville Drive on Saturday.

All fans at Saturday's game will have the chance to take a picture with the World Series trophy as part of the team's annual fundraising auction to fight blindness. The RiverDogs will allow 30 fans to experience the trophy on a much more intimate level, offering suite tickets for Saturday's game at $50 per ticket. Those tickets will give fans early entry into Riley Park prior to Saturday's game and include a private viewing of the World Series Trophy in one of the team's VIP suites. Following the private viewing, those with the special tickets are welcome to stay in the suite throughout the contest, enjoying light snacks and refreshments.

Saturday also marks the 12th Annual Kindness Meets Blindness Auction, benefiting the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. Rebecca Veeck, the daughter of RiverDogs president Mike Veeck, was diagnosed at an early age with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a group of inherited diseases that lead to retinal degeneration.

For the past 11 years the RiverDogs and the Veeck family have raised more than $350,000 toward efforts to find a cure for RP. All fans are invited to take part in the live-and-silent auction that will be held through Saturday's game.

The RiverDogs begin a five-game series at Riley Park against Greenville on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. .