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Win-Win For Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp In Season Home Opener

Cyd Hoskinson

Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team, the Jumbo Shrimp, played Wednesday night's season opener before a near record home crowd of more than 10,000 fans — that’s after many fans booed the team’s name change from the Jacksonville Suns last fall.

General Manager Harold Craw said, knowing Jacksonville’s reputation as a walk-up town, he expected most fans to buy their tickets just before the game.  But that wasn’t the case.

“The bulk of our tickets were sold pre-sale and, you know, we still had a lot of people walk up and purchase tickets on the night of, so what that means is we did a great job of kind of creating that buzz.”

The “buzz” Craw is referring to included talking-up the new shrimp items on the ballpark menus and letting fans pick the name of the Jumbo Shrimp’s new mascot.

“Scampi,” he says, was the hands-down favorite.

As for the game itself, it was a 7-1 win for the Jumbo Shrimp over the Chattanooga Lookouts. The teams face each other again Thursday at the Baseball Grounds for the second of a four-game series.  First pitch is at 7:05.  Visit the team'swebsite for its schedule.

Reporter Cyd Hoskinson can be reached at 904-358-6351, or on Twitter @cydwjctnews

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.