View Full Version : A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

01-01-2013, 12:10 AM
Well first off Happy (Almost) New Year! I just wanted to say it was awesome to have a Minor League Baseball team here in Pensacola. I very much enjoyed it and can't wait for more. The Reds have some great potential. Without further adieu, here are some pictures I took during the 2012 Blue Wahoos season.

Walking up to the stadium for the first time-
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The awesome video scoreboard (I took this at one of the first Wahoos' practices the day before the first game)-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp734%3A%3B%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3 A%3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B59934%3Bnu0mrj

Warming up at practice-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73485%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868524834%3Bnu0mrj

Warming up-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3C%3B%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3 A%3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B37%3B34%3Bnu0mrj

Warming up-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54394%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B5%3A934%3Bnu0mrj

Brian Peacock talking about his walk-off bunt the night before (This was the 3rd Wahoos game of the first season)-
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The Wahoos lineup for the third game of the season (Including Mike Costanzo, the first Wahoo to make the Majors)-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54379%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B5%3B434%3Bnu0mrj

Mike Costanzo on 1st, Tim Crabbe on the mound and Brodie Greene on second-
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The Cold Zone-
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Mike Costanzo-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3A7%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B5%3B734%3Bnu0mrj

Visiting the mound-
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Fan favorite Donnie Joseph (aka DJ40) warming up-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54356%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B39734%3Bnu0mrj

Reds legend Eric Davis-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3C%3B%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3 A%3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3A%3C534%3Bnu0mrj

Me with Eric Davis (Very cool, funny and nice man!)-
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Warming up (That's Koyie Hill catching)-
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The interns messing with Kazoo-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54347%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B3%3A434%3Bnu0mrj

Looks like the joke is on the interns! -
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To quote my buddy Wahoos' PA announcer Josh Gay "Joel Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzman!"-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73494%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B3%3A934%3Bnu0mrj

National Anthem time (That's Eric Davis in the red)-
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"Wasted away again in Margaritaville..."-
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Me with Florida Governor Rick Scott (He was in town to catch a game)-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54385%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B3%3A34%3Bnu0mrj

Mr. James, one of my favorite employees out at the stadium. He's very funny and polite, class act! -
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I remember this night, Wahoos made an out and ended the inning but something happened and the umps reversed the play and the Wahoos had to come back out redo the at-bat. Riggleman was pissed! (That's him in the right hand corner arguing)-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54353%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B4534%3Bnu0mrj

Mr. James again-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73479%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B868%3B3%3B934%3Bnu0mrj

The post-game fireworks were always great-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54376%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B869%3A%3A%3C234%3Bnu0mrj

I think this was Lotzkar's first day in town-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp5437%3A%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B4834%3Bnu0mrj

2012 Masters' Champion and Pensacola native Bubba Watson -
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Watching Bubba speak-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54368%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B5334%3Bnu0mrj

Brodie Greene and Jim Riggleman-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3C7%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B869%3A%3A%3C934%3Bnu0mrj

Warming up-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54389%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B5634%3Bnu0mrj

This is the 1980 World Series ring belonging to former Major League pitcher and Pensacola native Kevin Saucier (He also went to my high school back in the 70's). He's a Minor League scout now and he was out at a couple Wahoos games. I got to chat with him briefly and he let me snap a photo of his awesome ring! -
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73497%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B86962%3B534%3Bnu0mrj

Mississippi Braves manager Aaron Holbert and Wahoos manager Jim Riggleman-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3C7%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B5934%3Bnu0mrj

Chris Manno on the mound-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54374%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B869%3A%3B3334%3Bnu0mrj

Can't remember who this was but he had a no-hitter going for about six innings (It was broken up though)-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54434%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B8697%3B5%3A34%3Bnu0mrj

A rainy night out at the Wahoos' park-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73482%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B872744334%3Bnu0mrj

One of the best Southern League coaching staffs the Baybears' Turner Ward and Jay Bell (Both will have Major League jobs next year)-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54369%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3A%3B36234%3Bnu0mrj

Me with Jay Bell-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp5438%3B%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3A5%3A7%3A34%3Bnu0mrj

Outside the stadium-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73499%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3A%3C65834%3Bnu0mrj

Outside the stadium-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3C7%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3A%3C65%3A34%3Bnu0mrj

Me with Wahoos' speedster Billy Hamilton-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54377%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3A%3B36434%3Bnu0mrj

One night the place was pretty empty (Towards the end of summer). One section was completely empty! -
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The Wahoos beer "Ono" (Ono is Hawaiian for Wahoo and also the name was inspired by Daniel Corcino's no-hitter) -
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73474%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3B73%3B234%3Bnu0mrj

Signs around the stadium-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp734%3A4%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B86%3B73%3B634%3Bnu0mrj

The last game:

The entire team holding a banner-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp54387%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B873366834%3Bnu0mrj

Me with my buddy Ryan "Maverick" Whited who was the on-field entertainer for the 2012 Wahoos season-
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp543%3B4%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A% 3EWSNRCG%3D35%3B87343%3C734%3Bnu0mrj

My friend Renee who is a home plate usher let me sit in a vacant seat on the bottom row right behind home plate for the last inning of the last game. I was able to catch this shot of Juan Perez in the final at-bat of the season-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73499%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B873368534%3Bnu0mrj

And last but not least, my best photo of the season I took right after the previous one of the great Billy Hamilton on-deck-
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp73492%3Enu%3D628%3B%3E976%3E25%3A%3E WSNRCG%3D35%3B873443634%3Bnu0mrj

Hope you all enjoyed! I can't wait for another great season!

01-01-2013, 01:10 AM
We're you the guy that gave Eric Davis directions to Babes ?

01-01-2013, 01:16 AM
Were you the guy that gave Eric Davis directions to Babes ?

Haha, nope! Did someone actually do that? You know I'm WAY too young for that place :laugh:

01-01-2013, 02:56 AM
Anything else going into area next to Maritime Park? I know Studler is putting his company in a new office building.Be really nice when that area gets filled up

01-01-2013, 12:03 PM
Made the 5 hour trip one weekend with the ticket assistance of someone from here. Very nice stadium, and the atmosphere was very Dragons-like.

PS - Didn't care for that blue jersey you were wearing.

01-01-2013, 12:31 PM
Good pics. Looks like a pleasant place to see a game. Thanks for posting all those!

01-01-2013, 01:13 PM
Nice pics. One suggestion....burn that Cubs jersey. :O) just kidding. well...sort of. *grin*

01-01-2013, 11:44 PM
PS - Didn't care for that blue jersey you were wearing.

One suggestion....burn that Cubs jersey. :O) just kidding. well...sort of. *grin*

Sorry guys! :laugh:

01-14-2013, 12:57 AM
live only a hour away and only made it to one game, luckily it was game Billy Hamilton played in, believe he got a steal, then hit a triple that the fielder badly misplayed, and he turned it into a inside HR on a throwing error..

Keep trying to get a full time office job with them, but no luck, all they gots is unpaid internships

and I remember Mr. James, he was hilarious