Ground Has Been Broken
January 28, 2014 by jeffhempbp
What a day yesterday! Construction for the new Nashville Sounds ballpark is officially underway following yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony at the new site. Swift winds and 25-degree temperatures didn’t stop Nashville baseball fans from showing their support. There was a huge crowd on hand for this long-awaited day, and it was a lot of fun to to be there and experience the festivities.
I Tweeted and snapped photos as much as my phone battery would allow before it died on me, so the following gallery is made possible thanks to Sounds team photographer Mike Strasinger and media relations manager Alex Wassel. There are more photos to recap the day on the Sounds’ Facebook page.
You can click on any of the photos to read the full caption and view as a slideshow.
The program from the ceremony
Sounds groundskeepers Thomas Trotter and Alex Norman prepare home plate and the batter’s box for the groundbreaking
Home plate is ready…
…with bunting in the backdrop
Old Hickory Bat Company, located in nearby Goodlettsville, made these awesome custom bat-shovels for the ceremony
A closer look at some of the bat-shovels
The shovels that were custom made for Brewers GM Doug Melvin and Sounds owner Frank Ward
The groundbreaking shovel for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean
Me and Sounds VP of Baseball Operations Doug Scopel chatting with the Brewers’ Scott Martens and Doug Melvin. It was 25 degrees in Nashville, which was a nice warm-up from what Doug and Scott left in Milwaukee
Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris (at left) was good enough to help represent the Sounds, and Angels star slugger Albert Pujols, in town for an event with the Nasvhille chapter of his charity, also was gracious enough to attend the ceremony
Phoenix Drive sang the national anthem to begin the ceremony
Sounds owner Frank Ward addressed the crowd…
…followed by Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin…
…and Minor League Baseball President/CEO Pat O’Conner…
…and finally Mayor of Nashville Karl Dean
Ground is broken! From left to right: Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard; Metro Councilwoman Eric Gilmore; Tennessee State Senator Thelma Harper; Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Sounds Owner Frank Ward; Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin; Metro Sports Authority Representative Kim Atkins; and MiLB President/CEO Pat O’Conner
Sounds staff members joined the VIP line for a group photo
See you at Greer in 2014, and at the new yard in 2015!
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