There’s A Whole Lot Of Baseball Left To Play
By Kili Hood
Spring has officially arrived in Music City! Most people equate Spring with warmer temperatures and irritating pollen, but in the mind of sports fans, Spring officially starts with the kick-off of America’s pastime…baseball. Now granted, some people may say it doesn’t count, since Nashville’s team is only Triple-A, but I disagree. You actually get the best of both worlds – good quality baseball, combined with the fun, family atmosphere of the minor leagues.
The Sounds kicked off their season on the road this year, so hometown fans had to wait until Friday, April 16th for the home opener. Having started the season on a tear with a record of 6-1, including a sweep of the Iowa Cubs on their turf, there were high expectations as the boys arrived home to a great crowd at Greer Stadium. The Oak Ridge Boys got things going with the singing of the National Anthem, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean threw out the ceremonial first pitch. While the home team eventually lost the opening night game 7-4, to those same Iowa Cubs, there certainly was no lack of excitement. Extra innings, fireworks (which were pretty impressive, for the record) and the promise of a new season provided ample entertainment for those on hand.
Sadly, the home field advantage hasn’t been much of one so far, as the club dropped 3 of 4 against those pesky Iowa Cubs in the opening series, and 2 of 4 against the Oklahoma City Redhawks to close out the first homestand. However, the law of averages indicates that eventually this will even out and loyal Sounds fans will start leaving the ballpark happy!
Speaking of the ballpark, Greer Stadium has undergone some minor changes this offseason, including the renovations of the skyboxes, and new concessions items, both on the concourse and up in Slugger’s Restaurant. The one complaint I have heard so far is the $3 parking fee, but considering most Triple-A ballparks around the country have charged for parking for years, fans in Nashville have had it pretty good for a really long time.
Game night promotions for the upcoming season include Dollar Dog Night Mondays, Kraft Singles Ticket (buy one, get one free) Tuesdays, and Taco Bell Throwback Thursdays, where Sounds players will wear 1980’s style throwback uniforms, and fans can enjoy $2 concessions including beer, soft drinks and nachos. For fireworks fans, you have the chance to see a spectacular show on most Friday and Saturday nights this season, immediately following the conclusion of the game.
Part of closing the gap between a team and their fans is giving those fans an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes. I want you guys, the readers, to feel just as much a part of this as I am, so I welcome suggestions on story ideas – what is it you want me to cover? Send along your ideas, and I will get you as close to the game as I possibly can.
There’s a whole lot of baseball left to play, and I have no doubt the Sounds players and staff will make it a memorable season. The Sounds are headed out of town for a quick four game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs, before returning back to town next Thursday to face the Memphis Redbirds. Come on down and check it out for yourselves, or stay tuned here for my weekly updates.