Just a few months ago, we were writing about opening day for baseball. Now, the season is coming to a close as the summer is ending. The major league teams play through the end of September. The Atlanta Braves are currently in 2nd place in the National League Eastern Division, seven games behind the Washington Senators. They have been playing great and have a great record so far. This is a big year as Chipper Jones has announced his retirement at the end of the season. The minor league teams are beginning to wrap up their seasons in just a few weeks. September is the time for the major leagues to “call up” some of their best performing minor league players to play in “the show”. This also gives team management a chance to see what talent they could have for the next season. The Savannah Sand Gnats will be finishing their season on September 3rd against the Kannapolis Intimidators. This week is the final home stand for the Sand Gnats. They end their home season against the Rome Braves on Sunday, August 26th.
It has been a rough summer for the Sand Gnats. They are 12.5 games out of first place in the Southern Atlantic League. Unfortunately, they will not be going back to the league playoffs this September. However, it has been a good year for Sand Gnats for attendance and events at Historic Grayson Stadium. The spring and summer have been full of family fun and activities, entertainment and charity events at the ball park. Every Wednesday during the season has been “Pack the Park for Charity” nights. This event helps local organizations raise money through the purchase of discounted tickets. There have been fireworks after each Saturday night home game. Wednesday nights were also Webkinz nights where the first 200 children in the park received a free collectible Webkinz toy! The Sand Gnats organization is involved in the community as well. They mascot, Gnate the Gnat, is at many local event throughout the season and even off-season.
You can still follow what is going on with the Sand Gnats via their Facebook Page or Twitter Page. Thanks to everyone in the Sand Gnats organization for a great season, no matter the final record! We are already looking forward to next spring and the 2013 season!