UPDATE (1/19): It was a packed house at Blue Wahoos Stadium for the second annual Fish Fest.

Hundreds of fans came out for the free event, which included a behind-the-scenes look at the clubhouse, fun on the field, autographs from players and exclusive gear at the team store.

Kids had an opportunity to run the bases on the field too.

Catcher Will Banfield said there is a lot to look forward too for next season as the Blue Wahoos are set to defend their Southern League title.

“It’s exciting going into this next season, knowing that we have a lot of boys on the same team and some guys on a different team,” Banfield said. “Hopefully bringing that winning mindset in every single clubhouse that we are in no matter where we are at, so everybody is working hard. I’m working hard to make sure that I am ready and excited to get back out there and have that winning taste in our mouth and do it again.”

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Fish Fest returns to Blue Wahoos Stadium on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Start preparing for Pensacola’s title-defense season by the Bay with an evening of family-friendly fun at the ballpark presented by the Blue Wahoos and Miami Marlins.

The event is free to the public, and fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from Miami Marlins prospects, ask the players questions at Q&A sessions, get a behind-the-scenes look at Blue Wahoos Stadium including clubhouse tours, shop exclusive items in the team store, and be the first to hear exciting announcements for the 2023 season.

Guest List:

  • Pensacola Catholic grad and 2021 Marlins draft pick Jordan McCants – A native of Pensacola, McCants enters the 2023 season ranked as one of Miami’s Top 30 prospects as he continues his journey towards Double-A Pensacola and the Major Leagues.
  • Blue Wahoos single-season home run champ Griffin Conine. Last season, Conine set Pensacola’s record for home runs (24) in a season and RBI (74) after finishing second in all of Minor League Baseball in home runs in 2021.
  • 2022 Southern League champ Will Banfield – Named the “best defensive catcher” in the entire Marlins minor league system by Baseball America, Banfield helped lead Pensacola to the 2022 championship, hitting .320 and throwing out 5 runners stealing in the postseason.
  • Blue Wahoos hitting coach Matt Snyder – A collegiate star at Ole Miss, Snyder was drafted by the New York Yankees and played eight seasons in the minor leagues, reaching Triple-A, before beginning his coaching career with the Marlins.

The Second Annual Fish Fest is set to begin at 6 p.m., and last until 8 p.m., at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Tickets are free and can be downloaded here.