Jumbo Hooks: Home Again, Home Again

The Jumbo Shrimp return home to the Baseball Grounds for the first time since Sunday, April 16.  Jacksonville fell in Wednesday’s rubber match at the Birmingham Barons, 5-4.  The lone series win for the Jumbo Shrimp was at home.  This team is better than its 2-8 road trip indicates.  Free up a few hours this week to root on the Bold City’s team as they host the Mobile BayBears.

  1.  Jumbo Shrimp third baseman Brian Anderson had a strong eight RBI series against the Barons.  He leads the team with 13 while first baseman Taylor Ard is a close second with 11 RBI.  Anderson also leads the Jumbo Shrimp in runs (11).
  2. Anderson and David Vidal have been playing good baseball.  You’ll want to go to the ballpark to see both of them swing a bat.  Vidal is riding an 11-game hit streak while leading the Jumbo Shrimp with 24 hits.  The 27-year-old has the team’s best batting average – .320 – of players with more than 5 games played.  Vidal won the Southern League Player of the Week, announced on Monday, for the week of April 17-23.  Each week it becomes more stunning that Vidal was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent in late October 2016.
  3. Eight of Jacksonville’s 13 losses have come by either one or two runs.  The Jumbo Shrimp have lost all three series they’ve played away from the Baseball Grounds.  The lone home series – versus Chattanooga – was a Jacksonville series win, three games to two.  How much better is the team at home?
  4. These next five games have a little bit of everything for Jumbo Shrimp fans.  If we have to explain Thirsty Thursdays here, you can leave now.  Fridays are Red Shirt Fridays when fans are encouraged to wear red to support the military.  By doing such, you can save $1 off your ticket or donate that dollar to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  Saturday is National Shrimp Scampi Day, and the first 1,000 fans receive a free Jumbo Shrimp jersey shirt [gates open at 5 p.m.].  Bugs Bunny Day is Sunday and that means Looney Tunes characters roaming the ballpark.  Make Monday a Business Person Special!  You can get a reserved seat ticket, a hot dog, chips and your choice of one 16-oz soda or 12-oz beer for JUST $15.  Open the month of May with a baseball game at 12:05 p.m.
  5.  The Mobile BayBears manager Sal Fasano recently shared his story about his love for calligraphy and how he applies it to writing in his starting lineup.  How nice of the Angels organization to think of Jumbo Shrimp fans!  A top-10 Angels prospect RHP Grayson Long is scheduled to start Saturday in Jacksonville, following his call-up last week.  A third-round pick in 2015, he went 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA last season.  Also keep an eye out for RHP Eduardo Paredes, who made Double-A in 2016 as a 21-year-old.  He’ll get in one to two innings to close out games.  Paredes has allowed only one run in seven appearances spanning 10.2 IPs.