It may be the final year for the BayBears here in Mobile, but they’re going to make it one to remember.
“A lot of teams that have gone into their farewell years and are preparing to move the next season, their ownership groups took the approach of don’t do anything more than you have to,” said general manager Ken Clary. “Our group is actually investing money into the team and I think that’s fabulous.”
In their final season, the BayBears are planning bigger and better fireworks displays in addition to new giveaways, like bobbleheads.
“That’s what I really like is to bring out creativity. I’ve been through this before when I was in Columbus, Georgia. We had a lame duck franchise there. We did a lot of the same things we are going to do here, and we were still able to increase attendance each year,” said the BayBears general manager.
If these giveaways and promotions work, and BayBears fans pack The Hank this year, it could help bring baseball back in the future.
“New owners that look to bring in a team will look at past history and if they see that the final year of the BayBears saw an increase in attendance, that will open their eyes,” said Clary.
There’s no telling though if professional baseball will return here to the Port City.
And with that in mind, the new ownership of the BayBears is committed to doing all they can to make sure the team’s final year in Mobile is one to remember.
“That’s what we want to do is create an atmosphere where the fans come out and have a great time and have a lasting memory of being at The Hank,” said Clary.