Baseball fans optimistic about Augusta GreenJackets' season

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Though Augusta Green­Jackets fans were unable to use their opening day tickets Thursday because of rain, they made the most of better weather Friday night.

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Suzanne Tropea says yes as Nate Mercer kneels for a surprise proposal while playing "couple's trivia" on top of the first-base dugout during the fourth inning of the Augusta GreenJackets' opening game against the Lexington Legends at Lake Olmstead Stadium.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Suzanne Tropea says yes as Nate Mercer kneels for a surprise proposal while playing "couple's trivia" on top of the first-base dugout during the fourth inning of the Augusta GreenJackets' opening game against the Lexington Legends at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The GreenJackets played in front of a large crowd in the season opener against the Lexington Legends, a day after miserable conditions forced the game’s cancellation hours before it was set to begin.

While awaiting word Thursday, several team staff members stood in Lake Olmstead Stadium looking at the tarp-covered field, expressing disbelief about a rainout on opening day. One said he had not witnessed an opening day rainout in his 20 years in baseball.

After the floodgates closed, Lake Olmstead’s gates opened to baseball fans optimistic about another season.

This is the 25th year as an Augusta baseball fan for Eugene Cook, who shares his love for GreenJackets baseball with his son, Michael.

“I’ve never missed a year, and it’s been handed down through the family,” he said.

Joe Kursch purchased an 11-game ticket package for the second year in a row, and he brings his children to teach them more about the game.

“It’s an exciting time,” he said. “I’ve always loved baseball, and I bring the kids to watch with them.”

Former Augusta Pirates owner Bill Heaton, who helped bring the sport back to Augusta, was on the mound for the first pitch. The Green­Jackets are celebrating the 25th anniversary of baseball in Augusta this year.


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