As the Shuckers begin their second home stand, here are a few thoughts on their first home stand and road trip.
The spanking we put on Chattanooga helped take the bad taste out of the mouth from last year’s Southern League Championship Series. And I’ll say it one last time: We should have had home field advantage in that SLCS, since we had the league’s best overall record, and with home field advantage I betcha we could have taken that series, and completed the perfect Cinderella season.
Were we really that good this weekend in Mobile, or were the BayBears just that bad? Boy did it seem they were flat, at the same time we were hitting on all cylinders. I guess we’ll find out as we face this red hot Pensacola team.
It is great to see Tyrone Taylor on a tear. This offensive production is what we have been hoping, and waiting, to see. Whatever work they did with him over the off-season has obviously worked!
Brett Phillips is deservedly quickly becoming a fan favorite. He seems to be quite a fine young man.
Jacob Nottingham is huge.
Pitching has impressed, from the starters down to the bull pen.
On the radio, the Shuckers have Thaddeus Krzus taking over the play-by-play from Chris Harris for the middle innings at home games. Thaddeus does a serviceable job, in a lovable geeky way, but why do we have an intern calling games? Is it a cost thing? Now, I call Mr. Krzus an intern because that’s what his Twitter handle indicates, but on LinkenIn he lists Broadcast Assistant, so I don’t know. If the Shuckers are looking for another person in the broadcast booth, how about kicking it up a notch, with someone local with major league experience, like maybe Barry Lyons? Or what is Matt Lawton doing these days?
The SunHerald did a piece fretting about the attendance figures so far at our home games, but almost in the same breath they acknowledged kids are still in school, and there have been other big events competing for folks’ attention (Black Spring Break, the senior golf tournament, high school baseball, today’s Crawfish Festival., etc.). I’m not worried, yet.
Now, here are some my field notes on the food items at MGM Park:
The highly touted grilled triple cheese sandwich was just meh, but it was made for me during the national anthem, so I’ll reserve final judgement until I can try it again.
The shrimp roumoulade was mostly mayonnaise, with no detectable paprika or Creole mustard, or anything else. Maybe I got a batch that didn’t get the spices sufficiently mixed in. Maybe this was a problem with quality control. I kept the baseball cap it came in, and that is now on my desk at work, so that’s good.
The boudin-on-a-bun was very good. Grilled right in front of me, with freshly cooked veggies piled on. Now that’s one I can recommend.
There’s so many intriguing food items to try at this ballpark, it’s almost a shame there’s a game going on to get in the way. Almost!
Finally, the Crawfish Boil Races are cute – a fine local adaptation of the famous Sausage Races in Milwaukee. Are the Shuckers going to keep stats on the races, like the Brewers do? I know one thing, don’t bet on The Potato. He’s lame. No, literally, he appears to be lame.