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The Sounds put a wrap on 2014 today as they play their season finale in Round Rock, Texas. Jay Jackson (0-3, 5.40) makes the start against Jimmy Reyes (1-2, 9.00). It’s a 12:05 first pitch on 102.5 The Game, and I hope you’ll join me one more time this season for some Sounds baseball on the radio. Pregame starts at 11:50 a.m. Thank you all so much for listening throughout the season. It’s been a fun ride!

Today’s interview on this Labor Day is our final weekly Monday chat with Sounds manager Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ successful season, the disappointment of being eliminated from the playoff race with Memphis on Saturday, how he, pitching coach Fred Dabney and hitting coach Bob Skube self-evaluate the job they’ve done, which players improved significantly over the season and what lies ahead with roster decisions, free agents, etc.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds play their penultimate (Yes! A reason to use the word “penultimate!”) game of the season tonight as they take the field in Round Rock against the Express. With their loss in Game 2 of last night’s doubleheader, the Sounds were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and Memphis clinched the division title. The Sounds’ playoff hopes were alive in 142 of their 144 games this season, a lot more than many other teams around the league can say and a lot more than the past couple of years for the Sounds themselves.

Tonight Texas native Taylor Jungmann (8-6, 4.10) takes the hill for the Sounds against Lisalverto Bonilla (3-2, 4.39). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:50 with 5:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris, who is hitting .314 in his 11 games since rejoining the Sounds from arm injury. Morris describes the team’s disappointment in finishing second in the division, what he went through missing several weeks with the injury and how he’s felt since returning.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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Less than 24 hours ago the Sounds were playing in Nashville in front of 11,000-plus fans in what could turn out to be the final game ever at Greer Stadium. The Sounds are 3.0 games back of Memphis with six to play, and Memphis has just five games left. Down but not out. Tonight the Sounds are in Texas to start their final series of the regular season — 6 games in 5 days — as they take on Round Rock at 7:05. Donovan Hand (4-7, 5.05) faces rehabbing-Rangers lefty Derek Holland (1-1, 6.52). Pregame starts on 102.5 The Game at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with outfielder Logan Schafer, who describes the atmosphere last night at Greer, how tough the loss was with the Sounds’ 5-2 lead becoming an 8-5 defeat and his two home runs on the homestand, including one last night that had Greer roaring as loud as I’ve ever heard.

Photo courtesy of MLB / Milwaukee Brewers

Photo courtesy of MLB / Milwaukee Brewers

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Jeff

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The countdown has been going on for months, and the day has arrived. Tonight marks the final regular season game — and quite possibly final game overall — EVER at 37-year-old Sounds home Greer Stadium. The Sounds host the Sacramento River Cats tonight in the finale of an eight-game homestand. The Sounds are 2.0 games behind Memphis for the division lead with seven to play after falling last night while Memphis rallied to beat Fresno. The division race will culminate this weekend, as the Sounds play in Round Rock and Memphis goes to New Orleans. If the Sounds come back and win the division, they’ll have at least one more game at Greer — a home playoff game next Friday (after starting the playoffs on the road Wednesday and Thursday) and, if necessary, Saturday and Sunday in the best-of-five. If they don’t win the division, tonight indeed will be the #LastCheerAtGreer, as the Sounds will then fully turn the page toward moving to beautiful First Tennessee Park next season.

One of the things I wanted to incorporate for the Last Cheer at Greer was somehow including all of the various radio voices of the Sounds who’ve called Greer Stadium home and brought the games into middle Tennessee homes and cars since 1978. With help from my pal Pete Weber, who knows or has contact with some of the guys from further back, we were able to put together a montage of highlights and memories from the various regular Voices of the Sounds. I’m very proud to be in that group. I hope you enjoy this….

Image Courtesy of Nashville Sounds

Image Courtesy of Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The #LastCheerAtGreer and the playoff race continue tonight as the Sounds, one game back of Memphis with eight games to play, face Sacramento, which is one game ahead of Reno for first in its division with seven games to play. The pitching match-up has Taylor Jungmann (8-5, 4.22) facing former Vanderbilt Commodore Matt Buschmann (8-6, 4.56). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with former Sounds manager (’09-’11) Don Money, the longtime Milwaukee Brewers player and now minor league instructor. Due to his travel schedule as a roving instructor, Money will be seeing his final game at Greer Stadium tonight. He recalls some of his memories of managing in Nashville and what minor league ballpark facilities were like when he played.

August 26 – Interview with former Sounds manager Don Money

Don Money as Sounds manager in 2011. Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

Don Money as Sounds manager in 2011. Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

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Jeff

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The Sounds are down to nine games left in the regular season, and after they and Memphis won last night, the Sounds and Redbirds continue to sit in a first-place tie. Tonight it’s Game 2 of a four-game set against Sacramento, which has just a one-game lead over Reno its division race. Tonight it’s Billy Buckner (4-5, 5.80) against Zach Neal (6-7, 4.53). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 CT.

Tonight’s interview is our weekly chat with Sounds manager Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ recent road trip (5-3 record through El Paso and Albuquerque), the excitement of the playoff chase, the continued hot hitting of Matt Clark, the return of Hunter Morris and the injuries to Hector Gomez and Ariel Pena.

August 25 – Interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Thanks for listening! (On the Air…and Off)

Jeff

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The Sounds are down to 10 games left in the regular season, and they sit in a first-place tie with Memphis. Tonight the Sounds continue their final homestand ever at Greer Stadium as they welcome another first-place club to town, the Sacramento River Cats. They have a two-game lead in their division over Reno. It’s Michael Blazek (3-4, 4.14) vs. Angel Castro (9-7, 4.19). First pitch on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:35.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds reliever Tim Dillard, who came up from Double-A Huntsville last night and has now pitched for the Sounds in eight consecutive seasons. As it turned out, the always-hilarious Dillard wasn’t the only one who appeared in the interview.

August 24 – Interview with Sounds reliever Tim Dillard

Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

Photo courtesy of Nashville Sounds / Mike Strasinger

Thanks for listening! (On the Air…and Off)

Jeff

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