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It’s that time again!
Spring is in the air and the tri-tip is cookin’ at Raley Field.
The Sacramento River Cats kick off their 2011 season Thursday at home against the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05pm and SacramentoPress.com has you covered.
This season, the Press will have some of our most enthusiastic writers and photographers covering the action. Writers include Lindol French, Mark Needham and a few interns. Working the cameras for some great action shots will be Steven Chea, Ron Nabity and some of the other great shot-takers on our roster.
For the Cats, a new manager and several new faces fill out the roster. They hit the field with renewed vigor in pursuit of another Pacific Coast League championship.
Here are a few of the River Cats thoughts during Media Day:
Cats Manager Darren Bush on what he's looking for out of his team - “I want them to have success, individually and as a team, that’s my expectations. They will have the best opportunities for success if they play the game hard.”
Infielder Eric Sogard on his time with the big club last year - “It was a blast getting up there (Oakland) and getting my feet wet. Unbelievable experience getting my first hit in my first game. Even though we were on the road, the crowd really appreciated that and gave me a nice ovation.”
Outfielder Jai Miller on his background - “I’m from Montgomery, Alabama. My mom went to Auburn and my dad played football at Auburn so growing up I was a big Auburn fan. I like the Atlanta Braves but my favorite player was Ken Griffey Jr.”
Outfielder Chris Carter on taking on the missing piece to his personal puzzle - “Working in the outfield since it’s new for me. I just want to get as good as I can out there and just be ready when they call me back up (to Oakland).”
Outfielder Matt Carson on what it will take for him to stick with Oakland - “I don’t really feel like it is something I can change. It’s a situational thing. You just have to wait for your opportunity and be ready when you get that opportunity. I think that’s the key - just stay consistent.”
The River Cats will be at home to begin the season. The Tacoma Rainiers are in town starting tonight through Sunday and then the Las Vegas 51’s play at Raley Field from April 11-14.
Get your tickets now by calling 916.371.HITS (4487) or going to Rivercats.com for more information.