Baseball season is finally here, and you don’t want to miss Opening Night at the Redbirds. Here are 5 reasons that you should check out the Redbirds’ at Autozone Park this summer:
1. Shelby Miller
Starting the home opener this Friday, righty pitcher Shelby Miller is someone you don’t want to miss. Signed out of high school, Miller has long been the Cardinals’ prize prospect, entering this season at #10 on Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein’s (@kevin_goldstein) top 101 prospects.
According to his twitter feed on Wednesday, Shelby is excited to be here, and we should be excited to see him.
“Getting this lift in. Ready for Friday. Hope it’s a big crowd.” Follow him: @shelbymiller19
2. The new video board
It’s 60 feet by 60 feet, the biggest in the minor leagues. This thing is gonna light up downtown Memphis when it’s on.
3. Matt Adams
Matt Adams will man 1b for the Redbirds this season, bringing his big bat with him. After destroying the Texas League last year (.300, 32 HR, 101 RBI), Adams is right back in form with a .419 avg and 3 HR already on the 2012 season. The guy is a threat to go yard every time he is at the plate, and shouldn’t be here more than a season or two. Don’t miss this guy.
4. BBQ Nachos
Saturday night marks the first fireworks night of the year for the Redbirds, and there’s nothing cooler than watching a ball game, eating a hot dog, spilling mustard on your shirt, drinking a beer, and watching fireworks at the end. Think ‘The Sandlot’ when the kids play ball under the fireworks, minus the tobacco and carnival rides.
Hit the comments section below with any reasons you love watching Redbirds games that I missed.
Drew Fleming is the last baseball columnist you have ever read. He covers the St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds for Memphisport. Follow him on Twitter @thefilmjerk