After retirement many people still try to find odd end jobs to stay active. The Biloxi Shuckers are giving that opportunity to some local senior citizens here on the Gulf Coast.
The Biloxi Shuckers bring in fans of all ages to watch America’s favorite past-time. Some citizens in the older community work for the Shuckers as ushers, helping the fans find their seats and interacting with locals and visitors alike. Usher Steven Grimes said, “Two years in a row, I think, we’ve been having some of the highest ratings in minor league baseball in terms of support, in terms of usher, in terms of the customer service satisfaction surveys, and I think that speaks to the quality of the staff we have here at the Biloxi Shuckers.”
Grimes is an Air Force retiree. He’s been an usher on the visitors’ side for two years now. He says the Shuckers help him to stay active and to reminisce on a sport that holds a special place in his heart. “The last time baseball paid me any money was in 1964 when Alexandria, Louisiana had a single A Alexandria Aces. I was one of the kids that got to climb the platform in centerfield and hung the numbers for the scores.”
These senior citizens say working for the Biloxi Shuckers doesn’t even feel like a job. They say it’s more of a way for them to stay active and to enjoy themselves later on in life. Usher John Bush said, “I really don’t see it as a job. They’re paying me to watch baseball.”
72-year-old John Bush is into his third year as an usher at MGM Park. He loves what he does and getting to be a part of something like this at his age. “My favorite part is to watch the kids, watching the kids trying to get a foul ball. Every now and then we’ll have access to a foul ball and you give a kid a ball and it’s like the ultimate for them. I mean, they love being able to get a ball.”
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