Shreveport-Bossier Captains baseball season is underway, and the Captains are currently in the middle of a five-game series against El Paso, which continues tonight at 7:05 p.m at Fair Grounds Field. Here are three reasons why I'm a fan of Captains baseball:
1) Shreveport-Bossier fans love to abuse the visiting team
Once these folks learn the visiting pitcher's first name, it's all over but the crying. I saw an 80 year-old woman set down her roasted peanuts, stand up, and yell: "You suck, Juan!" at El Paso Diablos pitcher Juan Medina on Monday. It made my night.
2) Shelton "Preacher" Parsons, refreshment vendor
At 75 years old, "Preacher" Parsons has been vending ice cold beer, soft drinks, chips and peanuts from a mobile cart for 35+ years. He also knows more beer-related jokes than anyone else on the planet. He's one of a kind.
3) Captain Jack
How many cities have Captain Jack Sparrow as the mascot for their local baseball team? The undoubtedly sweaty guy inside this suit earns whatever pay he receives and then some, constantly climbing over seats to roughhouse with fans or high-five kids. Yarrrr!
General admission to a Captains game is only $5. Click here for directions to Fair Grounds Field. Visit the Captains website for lots more info.