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    A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    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-


    The awesome video scoreboard (I took this at one of the first Wahoos' practices the day before the first game)-


    Warming up at practice-


    Warming up-


    Warming up-


    Brian Peacock talking about his walk-off bunt the night before (This was the 3rd Wahoos game of the first season)-


    The Wahoos lineup for the third game of the season (Including Mike Costanzo, the first Wahoo to make the Majors)-


    Mike Costanzo on 1st, Tim Crabbe on the mound and Brodie Greene on second-


    The Cold Zone-


    Mike Costanzo-


    Visiting the mound-


    Fan favorite Donnie Joseph (aka DJ40) warming up-


    Reds legend Eric Davis-


    Me with Eric Davis (Very cool, funny and nice man!)-


    Warming up (That's Koyie Hill catching)-


    The interns messing with Kazoo-


    Looks like the joke is on the interns! -


    To quote my buddy Wahoos' PA announcer Josh Gay "Joel Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuzzzzzman!"-


    National Anthem time (That's Eric Davis in the red)-


    "Wasted away again in Margaritaville..."-


    Me with Florida Governor Rick Scott (He was in town to catch a game)-


    Mr. James, one of my favorite employees out at the stadium. He's very funny and polite, class act! -


    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)-


    Mr. James again-


    The post-game fireworks were always great-


    I think this was Lotzkar's first day in town-


    2012 Masters' Champion and Pensacola native Bubba Watson -


    Watching Bubba speak-


    Brodie Greene and Jim Riggleman-


    Warming up-


    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! -


    Mississippi Braves manager Aaron Holbert and Wahoos manager Jim Riggleman-


    Chris Manno on the mound-


    Can't remember who this was but he had a no-hitter going for about six innings (It was broken up though)-


    A rainy night out at the Wahoos' park-


    One of the best Southern League coaching staffs the Baybears' Turner Ward and Jay Bell (Both will have Major League jobs next year)-


    Me with Jay Bell-


    Outside the stadium-


    Outside the stadium-


    Me with Wahoos' speedster Billy Hamilton-


    One night the place was pretty empty (Towards the end of summer). One section was completely empty! -


    The Wahoos beer "Ono" (Ono is Hawaiian for Wahoo and also the name was inspired by Daniel Corcino's no-hitter) -


    Signs around the stadium-


    The last game:

    The entire team holding a banner-


    Me with my buddy Ryan "Maverick" Whited who was the on-field entertainer for the 2012 Wahoos season-


    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-


    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-



    Hope you all enjoyed! I can't wait for another great season!
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    We're you the guy that gave Eric Davis directions to Babes ?
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    Quote Originally Posted by 19braves77 View Post
    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
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    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

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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    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.

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    Good pics. Looks like a pleasant place to see a game. Thanks for posting all those!
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    Nice pics. One suggestion....burn that Cubs jersey. :O) just kidding. well...sort of. *grin*
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    PS - Didn't care for that blue jersey you were wearing.
    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    One suggestion....burn that Cubs jersey. :O) just kidding. well...sort of. *grin*
    Sorry guys!
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    Re: A Look Back At The Pensacola Blue Wahoos' Inaugural Season

    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


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