Excitement builds as Barons kick off 2015 season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Tonight’s game at Regions Field may be sold out, but the Barons are kicking off a five game home stand, so fans will have plenty of chances to catch them in action this week.

“You know, we’re just doing the little last minute touchups around the field and our operation to make sure we’re ready for tonight.”

Barons general manager Jonathon Nelson has spent 23 years in baseball, and every opening day is special, in part because he gets to catch up with people he hasn’t seen since the end of last season.

“And seeing all the excitement,” Nelson said. “You know fans of all ages, whether it’s senior adults, or young kids, or young adults. It’s just always a very special day.”

It’s special for everyone in the organization, even if it’s not all about the start of the first pitch.

“Opening day is a special day for a vast array of reasons,” Daniel Ruggerio, head groundskeeper said. “If nothing else, winter is gone and spring time is here.”

Not everything in the area is 100 percent, but the folks at Good People Brewing said they won’t let that slow them down.”

“Hopefully nobody will notice,” said Michael Sellers, Good People Brewing co-owner.

The brewery is in the middle of a major renovation, changing the look inside and out.

“We’ve got work going on,” Sellers said. “But I think it’s going to be more functional than the old taproom. We’ve got this new patio out here, a more efficient serving area.  I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The question is are the barons ready.  We’ll know that after the last pitch.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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