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Mudcats baseball enjoying successful season

Posted on July 27, 2021

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There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats
There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats
There's still plenty of time to take in a Mudcats game this season. Evan Moesta | Carolina Mudcats

Like most businesses, the Carolina Mudcats Minor League baseball team was swimming against the current during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The tide turned in early 2021 and has allowed the team, which is based in Zebulon at Five County Stadium, to fully reopen and allow fans the baseball experience they had been craving.

“When this season began, we had a lot of restrictions, but by the second month everything was open again,” said Greg Young, director of marketing and broadcast media for the Mudcats. “The fans’ response has been incredible. Amazing, actually. People were hungry to get back to normal and make up for lost time. We’ve seen fans spending a lot more time in their (stadium) sections with friends and family.”

The Mudcats organization, a minor league affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, has to follow not only state and local health guidelines, but also procedures handed down by Major League Baseball. The team played no games in April, which was a club first, began its season in May and will end the 2021 season in mid-September, a little later than usual.

“Attendance-wise, we’re still working to where we want to be, but we also have fewer games this season,” Young said. “It actually feels like a normal season.”

Young said Mudcats fans seem to be spending more money this year, noting that merchandise sales are much higher.

Fans have enjoyed games featuring special promotions, as they have in previous seasons. But COVID-19 protocols have changed one thing promotion-wise this season — player autographs at games are not allowed, but fans have the chance to win pre-autographed posters on Tuesday night poster giveaways.

The Mudcats have three more nights of fireworks this season in case area residents did not get enough over the July 4 weekend: Aug. 6 and 20 and Sept. 3.

Other season promotions include Winning Wednesdays, where fans in attendance that night come away with free tickets for the next Wednesday home games if the Mudcats win that night’s game.

All Sunday home games are WakeMed Five County Family Sundays, and new this year on those Sunday home games is the post-game Catch on the Field, where fans can take the field just like the pros.

Also new this season is the August Heroes Weekend. The Aug. 20 home game will honor first responders. The Aug. 21 game will honor the military, and Aug. 22 will honor teachers. More information about these games is available on the Mudcats website.

Additional promotions this season include ECU Hat Giveaway (Aug. 6), ’90s Night/Pinstriped Jersey Giveaway (Aug. 7), Pescados de Carolina Night (Sept. 4) and Fan Appreciation Night (Sept. 11).

For more information about the Mudcats’ 2021 season and to purchase tickets, visit the website at https://www.milb.com/carolina-mudcats or call 919-269-2287. Five County Stadium is located at 1501 N.C. 39 in Zebulon.

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