Seeing Red: Parent Club Headlines Preseason Exhibition Game
In an exclusive press conference held Wednesday, the Blue Wahoos announced their intentions to host the Cincinnati Reds and christen their third season in Pensacola. The two teams plan to meet at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium for a friendly competition on March 28, 2014, three days before the Reds’ home opener and less than a week before the Wahoos kick off a new campaign.
The city last witnessed major league play on April 3, 1958, when the Chicago White Sox competed against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was against that backdrop –- one of Pensacola’s storied baseball history -– that owner Quint Studer sees the game as a focal point in the Wahoos’ upcoming season.
Studer went into further detail in a media release yesterday:
I have loved hearing from people who remember a half-century ago when they had the chance to see Major League players play in Pensacola. Having a Double-A affiliate team in Pensacola, the highest level of professional baseball in the City’s history continues to open up opportunities and experiences that were previously not available to the community.
…It looks like 2014 is going to be a very special year, and we’re grateful to the Reds organization and the Blue Wahoos’ sponsors and fans for making this game possible.
Pensacola Bayfront Stadium will also accommodate two college baseball games during March, beginning with Florida-Southern Mississippi on March 4 and Alabama-Troy on March 25.
While the preseason game will provide an opportunity to see what both teams will bring to the table in 2014, the squads represented in the exhibition won’t necessarily match the Opening Day rosters. Cincinnati will trim their active roster to twenty-five players before the start of the season, assigning another twenty-five to Pensacola while scattering the rest across the remainder of the minor league system. With several former Wahoos enjoying success with the parent club, fans could have the opportunity to watch Tony Cingrani and other alumni when the Reds come to town.
Ticket information will be released at a later date.
This story will be frequently updated following the live address at 2:00 PM.