BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Jim Cook was a new fan for the night but will be a fan for a long time. The Texas man heard about the championship series at MGM Park and couldn't wait to buy in all the way.
"Baseball is our sport," Cook said. "It keeps America going. Wherever my wife, Jane, and I go, we watch baseball, because it's America's pastime. We come down every spring and every fall, and we will be here to watch Shuckers baseball definitely again."
The winning attitude of the team was attractive, but it wasn't everything.
"I used to play baseball, and I enjoy a good baseball game," said Richard Brown, of Gulfport. "Just the expertise of the fielders and the batting. It's just nice to watch."
Jane Green, of Gautier, has a simple philosophy.
"We're just baseball fans and here to enjoy. We hope the Shuckers win," said Green.
While the fans are excited about this year's success, what about next year? Have the expectations been set too high? Shuckers announcer Chris Harris doesn't think so.
"I don't think we're going to be setting our standards too high, too early," Harris said. "To start off this franchise with a championship, I don't think you can start it off any better than that."
This is Jeremy Henderson's first game of the season. He agrees a good start is a good start, whatever it might bring.
"You can never set it too high," Henderson said. "There's always more things. You can always have a better record next year. Who doesn't like a team going to the playoffs the first year?"
The Shuckers took down the Chattanooga Lookouts 7-2 Wednesday night in the first game of the championship series. The first pitch of game two will be thrown out at 7:10 p.m. Thursday.