Shuckers Players React to New Home
Opening Day started with a parade Saturday afternoon and ended with a celebration near Midnight after 14 innings.
Nick Shaw, Shuckers Shortstop, said, “It was positive the whole night just because of the support we got this afternoon. Our guys are fighters. We pick each other up. There was never a doubt.”
The nicked named “Road Warriors” almost have to be fighters after spending two full months in a bus and living out of hotel rooms. Now, they’ve made it to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Shuckers First Baseman, Nick Ramirez, said, “Now, we have a home. We have somewhere we can leave our stuff. We don’t have to travel everything around. Now we can actually just worry about taking stuff on the road that you need to take rather than ‘God, I got to take everything I own with me.’”
The initial reaction from the players to their new field speaks for itself: “Awesome, especially being here for the first time and seeing everything finished, it’s awesome. It’s like a first day of school kind of thing,” said Ramirez.
Another thing the Shuckers haven’t been used to having is a stadium filled with their own fans. A sellout crowd for opening night was something unusual for the team wearing their white uniforms for the first time. “Usually, we got the crowd telling us we aren’t any good playing on the road, so it was finally good to have someone behind us,” said Shaw. Manager Carlos Subero tells News 25 that the crowd support doesn’t only make the players feel good, he believes it helps them play well: “definitely, it has an impact on your development when you have fans behind you, cheering you and being able to recognize that. I think it’s going to be very important for our guys.”
Sitting in first place in the Southern League, the road hasn’t hurt their play. With only a handful of games left in the first half of the season and vying for a playoff spot, home field advantage is crucial.
“Being able to play 10 out of 15 at home with the support of the crowd is going to be very important,” Subero said.
With fans happy to welcome their Shuckers home, and the team more than happy to feel the love, overall, Opening Weekend was a homerun for everyone involved.