Augusta GreenJackets ready to play ball after 600 days off the field

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 8:13 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Augusta GreenJackets were ready to play ball Tuesday night after more than 600 days off the field, but the weather didn’t cooperate.

Weather led to postponement of Tuesday’s game.

As for fans, the stadium was to be around 50 percent capacity Tuesday night because of COVID.

For fans like Roger Congdon waiting more than 600 days to see the home team play was far too long.

“I’m a very big GreenJackets fan. I went to over a dozen regular season games,” said Congdon. “I was so glad. I came the other day and got my ticket and got my calendar for the year. It’s already posted up on my refrigerator.”

Inside the ball park, the feeling was mutual.

“We’ve done the best we can but positive vibes only is our motto this year or at least today,” said Brandon Greene, General Manager for the Augusta GreenJackets.

And what better way to come back after a long off-season than as an Atlanta Braves affiliate. It’s because of that new affiliation Brandon Greene says the team has sold more than 2,000 season tickets. That’s a team record.

“We’re in Braves country in Augusta compared to...You know we’re not the giants. We’re not close to San Fransisco. We’re right down the road from Atlanta,” said Greene.

Though the team has weathered a pandemic and an affiliate-change the next big hurdle is the weather itself.

“We can’t control the weather. We can only control our attitude and what we can do in the ballpark,” he said.

The staff says they’ve been here until midnight every night for the past two weeks in preparation for opening day.

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