|Pelicans Open 2004 Season at Home|
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans open their 2004 season at home today, Thursday, April 8, taking on Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:05. Every fan through the gates will receive a 2004 magnet schedule courtesy of Golf Dimensions and ESPN The Team Radio. Other Opening Night fun includes Budweiser/Mix 97.7’s “Thirsty Thursday and WPDE TV 15 will be broadcasting live.
Just last Friday, the Pelicans found out who the Atlanta Braves will be sending to the Grand Strand area to kick off the 2004 Season. Among the 25 names on the roster, there are 5 players returning from the 2003 Pelicans team, and 14 members of last seasons’ South Atlantic League Champion Rome squad.
Returning to the Pelicans after closing out the 2003 season here in Myrtle Beach are pitchers Manny Acosta and Matt Merricks, catcher Jose Salas, first baseman Scott Thorman and outfielder Gregor Blanco. Thorman appeared in 124 games for the Pelicans last season and was selected to play in the annual Futures Game of minor league prospects.
Among the players looking to make the transition to the Carolina League after winning a championship in Rome last season are outfielders Jeff Francoeur and Onil Joseph and infielders Luis Hernandez, Jonathon Schuerholz and Wesley Timmons. Seven pitchers from the Rome squad are now in Myrtle Beach, and they are Blaine Boyer, Jose Capellan, Kyle Davies, Anthony Lerew, Mike Mueller, Efigenio Peralta and Matt Wright. Two of their battery mates, Brian McCann and Alonzo Ruelas, have also made the trip up to Myrtle Beach to patrol behind the plate.
The remaining members of the Pelicans are pitchers Ryan Basner, Matt McClendon and Glenn Tucker, infielders Juan Downing and Ben Thomas, and outfielder Jamie Hemingway.
Full information on everyone of the 2004 Pelicans is now available on www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com.
Tickets for opening night and the Pelicans first home stand are still available now at the Pelicans Box Office by calling 843.918.6000 or stopping by the ballpark.
Thanks to MBBC’s Glenn Fallon & Angela Barwick for this capcom story.