Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News
North Texans are rallying behind the Fort Worth Cats, a local team with a troubled past that is now under new ownership.
Local companies are stepping up to the plate to help the Fort Worth Cats.
"The team's playing great. The fans are coming out to support us," Cats general manager Chris Hart said. "It was tough getting started, as far as getting the word out that the Cats are playing this year, but everything's rolling good."
Fort Worth-based FTS International is one of the team's top three sponsors. The company gave nearly 400 employees and their families free tickets to Monday night's Cats game against the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings.
"I wanted to do something that really reached right down to our employees so that every person could come and bring their kids if they wanted to," FTSI CEO Marc Rowland said. "We're a growing company, and our employees are fairly young, and I thought it would be a good meld for a young baseball team."
The formerly financially troubled team now plays in the United Baseball League under new ownership, and averages about 1,200 fans per game.
"Being in the oil and gas business, most companies have had a little bit of trouble in the past, so these guys just getting started, I thought would be real important for us to meld up with them," Rowland said.
The Cats have nearly 75 corporate sponsors.
"This is what we're trying to do, even going forward for 2013," Hart said. "We're already trying to do these kinds of nights and implement these big groups for big companies to come out."