(Almost) Generals Arrive in Jackson

On a day when records were set in Jackson for the heat, the (not quite) Generals as the roster is not quite official, arrived in the Hub City. Looking at the scroll on a local bank the temperature in Jackson was 91 degrees at 3 p.m. Wow. Of course, if you look at the extended forecast the weather is supposed to get a little cooler and possible storms the next few days.

Today, the team arrived at Nashville International Airport around 12:30 and a bus and U-haul was there for pick up. C.J. Fedewa, the home clubhouse manager drove the U-haul that toted equipment, bat bags, etc. that the bus would not handle.

The team stopped for a quick bite to eat in Lebanon, TN then made the 120 mile trek to Jackson. Here is where it gets interesting for me. One of my responsibilities is team travel. While we are on the road I check the team in and pass out room keys, etc. Make sure bus transportation is taken care of and book hotels. As the team arrived today, I was going to be there at the team hotel in Jackson, the Double Tree. Driving down highway 45 from a visit with a sponsor in North Jackson  my back right tire blew out and I was stranded for a little over an hour. Of course, I did not have a spare, but the good folks at Best One Tire took care of me.

To make a long story short, the team arrived, they got checked in fine without there tireless travel secretary/broadcaster/media guy. WBBJ, the local CBS affiliate was there at the team hotel and  they gave me some screen shots from arrival footage below. Photos courtesy of Greg Hammond and Tabatha Hampton with WBBJ.

L to R Denny Almonte, Jesus Sucre, Brandon Maurer and Taijuan Walker chill in the Double Tree lobby

Things are rolling well at the ballpark. The field is greening up nicely, the newly remodeled suites look great and the project on the interstate side is rolling right along. By the way, kids (and overgrown kids like me) will enjoy the new arcade-like basketball hoops game we have for the KidsZone. A few of us took a break today and tested our luck, seeing how many shots we could make in a minute. GM Jason Compton made 35 and I made 46. So, I will open a challenge to anyone. Taijuan Walker and Brandon Maurer were walking around the park checking things out and Taijuan said he was down for Generals competition.

Hopefully the roster will be made official on Tuesday and we can talk about all this talent the Generals have in town. It has just been a bizarre few weeks with Seattle opening in Japan and re-opening the season on Friday. Still a few roster questions with the major league team keeping the MiLB rosters in limbo. I think the Generals roster is as firm as any now, but once they settle on 25 at the major league level, we will wait. It is what it is. That is why we are the minors.

Tuesday the Generals will have a simulated game during the late afternoon if weather permits. Manager Jim Pankovits said today that a few pitchers needed to get some work in.

Taijuan Walker

Wednesday morning I will be taking a few players around town on my radio tour promoting FanFest and Opening Night. We will tour the Thomas Media stations 107.7, Kix 96, WYN 106.9 and 102.3 The Rocket  from 8:30-9:30, then head to Grace 97.7 at 10:30 and finally to the Generals flaghship station NewsTalk 101.5 FM to be on the Dan Reaves show from 12-1.

Wednesday night is Media Day and FanFest. Pringles Park gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with players being introduced and signing autographs for fans.

Thursday is opening night against Birmingham, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

-CH-

Manager Jim Pankovits talking to WBBJ Monday

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