Saturday, June 7, 2014

Augusta: Go to see the GreenJackets, stay for the pecan pie

Observations from Augusta, Ga.

Augusta isn't the southernmost team in the South Atlantic League, but it's the only one I've been to so far that serves pecan pie, so it may be the SouthernMost.

The 2013 (inaugural) Hall of Fame is Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco's Kung-Fu Panda) and Tim Wakefield, who played infield for Augusta and was advised he'd never get past Class AA, so he switching to pitching and developed a remarkable knuckleball.

$13 gets you a seat very close to the action, and with no parking fee, it's comparable to the other parks.

Baseball bingo is much harder than the usual sort: you check off boxes for home players achieving such feats as bunts, touching the warning track, and putouts. 

The less said about the fifth inning's grounds crew "Macarena," the better.

GreenJackets Carolinas Connections

Pitcher Jake Smith is from North Augusta, S.C. (his parents come across the river to attend most home games) and he also played at Campbell

Second baseman Will Callaway is from Taylors, S.C., and played at Appalachian State


Anonymous said...

Love that park by the lake. Augusta is a great town.