Sioux Falls Canaries mascot “Cagey” (left) reacts to the picture from the book “Slugger” as read by his teammate, pitcher Josh Ferrell.More than 50 people attend the special library event featuring members of the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team. Pitcher Josh Ferrell (center) reads while teammate Billy Waltrip (right), also a pitcher, and Cagey, the team mascot, listen. Luverne’s Aaliyah Xaysongkham (left) waits for Cagey to sign his autograph to a piece of paper with the names of fellow Sioux Falls Canaries baseball teammates Billy Waltrip (top) and Josh Ferrell (center).

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Sioux Falls Canaries players promote summer reading program

While all eyes were on the 7-foot-tall yellow mascot from the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball team, it was two left-handed pitchers who completed a special reading program Monday afternoon at the Rock County Community Library.

Joining Cagey (the name of the big yellow bird) were left-handed pitchers Josh Ferrell and Billy Waltrip.

“He can’t talk,” Ferrell explained during a short question-and-answer session.

Because Cagey only communicates with actions and not words, Ferrell and Waltrip each read a story to the more than 50 children and adults attending the event.

Ferrell read “Slugger” by Susan Pearson, and Waltrip read “Got a Hit, Mo” by David A. Adler before the three of them signed autographs.

The Canaries’ visit is part of the library’s summer reading program titled “Read for the Win.”

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