The two-part password of the night on Thursday will be “Play ball!” as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin their 15th season of baseball.
The Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers will open the Carolina League season with a four-game homestand against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Kansas City Royals farm club from Delaware – and the Pelicans’ farthest opponent in distance.
The Birds fielded a team of front office personnel to answer some questions and curiosities about baseball at the beach and all the preparations that go into playing host to 70 home games a year – and more with playoff action the past two years. They took turns sharing some facts:
• Andy Milovich, vice president and general manager, who joined the club in January after Scott Brown moved on to become the general manager of the Charlotte (N.C.) Knights, the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A team in the International League.
• Jen Borowski, director of promotions and marketing.
• Travis Lucian, the new media relations manager/broadcaster.
• Russ Pinkerton, director of in-game entertainment.
• Mike Snow, facility operations manager.
Milovich also pointed out how the fan experience – and the memories brought home – begin before anyone even sees the field to sit down and watch the game, from buying a ticket to having that ticket scanned at the gate for entry.