Shuckers Inaugural Season Ends

It was a fun ride but the Shuckers inaugural season has come to an end. Last night, the Shuckers lost the Southern League Championship, but this season was not about them falling short but the journey.
After two months of living out of suitcases, a homeless Minor League Baseball team finally pulled into MGM Park on June 6th, excited for what the season would hold now that they had a fan base and a brand new stadium. Shuckers infielder Nick Ramirez said, “Being here for the first time and seeing everything finished. It’s awesome. It’s like a first day of school kind of thing.”
And like a Cinderella story, the Shuckers worked hard and won the Southern League first half championship. Half of their fairytale was complete. “It’s a special group. I don’t know that in Minor League Baseball, you’ll ever see another story like this,” said Chris Harris, director of media relations and broadcasting for the Shuckers. “We kind of thought the script was written that we were going to finish it off with a championship.”
Dreams of a championship ring came to an end when the Shuckers lost game five against the Chattanooga Lookouts. “It was really disappointing. Everything we’d gone through and you get to the last day like that at game five, you know, that’s baseball. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t,” said Harris.
For six Shuckers, the season is not quite over. “Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, Tyler Wagner, Yhonathan Barrios, and then the two position players, Yadiel Rivera and Michael Reed, I think the entire team was really, their spirits were lifted knowing that six of their teammates were going to the Major Leagues fulfilling their dreams,” said Harris.
While it may be the end of the inaugural season, the Coast looks forward to the Shuckers team bringing back life and economic growth season after season. “You go down and talk to Sal & Mookie’s, you go to the Half Shell, you go to Mary Mahoney’s, all of these downtown businesses, they’ll tell you, they’re seeing the people,” said Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel.
The Shuckers will return to MGM Park on April 7th.

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