Five Jumbo Hooks: Long Road Trip

The Jumbo Shrimp made plenty of noise in the first home series of the 2017 season, with record-setting crowds including long lines for concessions and team gear. It was a clear sign the name change from Suns to Jumbo Shrimp is and will be a brilliant financial move.

  1. It was the largest-attended home series in the 15 years of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The 41,276 fans over the five home games leads all of Double-A baseball. The opening night sellout of 10,477 on Wednesday night is the largest opening night crowd since the ballpark’s first-ever game on April 11, 2003. Could anyone have expected attendance numbers like that?
  2. Hope you were able to catch one of the home games and be a part of history, where the Jumbo Shrimp took the first three games over the Chattanooga. The Lookouts won Saturday and Sunday, 10-1 and 1-0. Jax (5-5) is away for 10 straight games with five in a row at Pensacola. These start times – Monday to Friday – will be 7:35 p.m. eastern.
  3. Reliever Jarlin Garcia became the first Jumbo Shrimp player to be called up to the big leagues. The left-handed pitcher was recalled to the Miami Marlins. He was sent up May 15 last season for five days but did not pitch in the majors. Garcia, a top-five prospect for the Marlins, made three relief appearances for the Jumbo Shrimp. He worked three innings with a 0.00 ERA. Garcia made two apps for the Marlins against the Mets on Friday and Sunday. He combined for 2.1 IPs, with one strikeout, one walk and no hits allowed.
  4. Injuries always occur in sports, and the Jumbo Shrimp could not avoid them last week. Left fielder Austin Dean was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a right wrist sprain. In a corresponding move, catcher Chris Hoo was reinstated from the DL. He began the season there with a left thumb bruise. After only a day with the Jumbo Shrimp, relief pitcher Ryan Beckman was placed on the DL with a right shin contusion. The RHP Beckman, who started the year with Triple-A New Orleans, allowed five runs on four hits with four walks on Saturday night.
  5. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos – a squad that changed its team name for the 2012 season due to a relocation – has been the class of the Southern League’s South Division as of late. They have won the last three South Division half season titles. The Cincinnati Reds are a ways off from competing in the NL Central, but own a top-10 farm system and have gone hard after the Cuban market. Seeing the Blue Wahoos (7-3) in Jacksonville from June 14-18 will be a must.