Shuckers are Going to the Championship

Our local team, who started their inaugural season playing 54 games on the road, has defied the odds and will play for a ring this week.
Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the Biloxi Shuckers Chris Harris said, “This is the story of the season outside of Major League Baseball.”
They won their first ever game as a franchise back in April. They celebrated a walk-off win during their first ever home game at MGM Park after 54 games on the road. Now, the Cinderella story is almost complete as the Shuckers prep for the championship after sweeping the Blue Wahoos in the first round of the playoffs over the weekend.
“We’re going to be thinking about and remembering this season for a long time,” said Harris, “I think, not only us here on the Gulf Coast, but the world of baseball. Cooperstown has already reached out for a lot of memorabilia from our season.”
Underdogs from the beginning, the Shuckers have overcome a lot of challenges, from months on the road, to living out of suitcases, to being unsure if their home field would be ready in time. Through it all, they never let it affect their play and even grew closer for it. Their team chemistry is unlike anything seen in minor league baseball. “They had to find a way to come together to survive,” said Harris.
Not only was the wait long for players to get to MGM Park, it was also long for fans eager to see baseball in Biloxi. Ever since their official arrival in June, the Shuckers have seen a fan base that has rallied behind them. Peter Gentry, a Shuckers fan, said, “We’ve been really waiting for baseball for a while here in Biloxi. I think it’s something we needed, particularly after Katrina. We haven’t had a major sports franchise of this magnitude around here for us to follow.”
And that’s a feeling that’s reciprocated. “This group and us, as a staff, needed them as well, so it’s just been the perfect story,” said Harris.
As we hope for a happy ending for this team in its inaugural season, we can agree this is a team that embodies the resiliency and strength of the people they represent.
As it stands, the championship series will start on Wednesday. The Shuckers will face the winner of the ongoing Montgomery-Chattanooga series.

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