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Nearly sold-out crowd for Shuckers vs. Brewers

Fans got to meet the Shuckers mascot, Schooner the Seagull. (Image Source: WLOX News) Fans got to meet the Shuckers mascot, Schooner the Seagull. (Image Source: WLOX News)
The Shuckers played well, but lost to the Brewers 7-4. (Image Source: WLOX News) The Shuckers played well, but lost to the Brewers 7-4. (Image Source: WLOX News)
More than 5,000 fans turned out for the exhibition game. (Image Source: WLOX News) More than 5,000 fans turned out for the exhibition game. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Saturday was a historic day at MGM Park. For the first time since 1938, a major league baseball team visited Biloxi.

The Milwaukee Brewers were welcomed with open arms as they took on the Shuckers in front of an enthusiastic crowd. While big plays were being made on the field, off the field, fans were enjoying every minute of witnessing history.

"Every season opening day is a big deal," said Shuckers General Manager Chuck Arnold. "But especially having the Brewers in this year, we really wanted to roll out the red carpet for them, but also roll out the red carpet for our fans."

An almost sold-out crowd of more than 5,000 filled the seats at MGM Park. And believe it or not, many of those fans were cheering for the Milwaukee Brewers.

"This area is one of my favorite vacation spots. I came down here initially after the Katrina hurricane to help people out and relief. And ever since then, I fell in love with the area," said Brewers fan Sam Martino. "Because we're from Milwaukee area and Wisconsin, we came down to see the Brewers play also." 

Some of Brewers fans made the nearly 1,000 mile trip by car, but the gorgeous Gulf Coast weather made it worth their while.

"It is a long way, but it's beautiful weather and you got the gulf right there. My parents, they're snowbirds, so I came down to visit them for spring break," said Brewers fan John Beyer.

Another exciting part of the big game? The Shuckers introduced their mascot for the first time - Schooner the Seagull. He's an added addition to the family fun that comes along with minor league baseball in Biloxi.

"We got here at 10 a.m. Knew the gates opened at 11 a.m., and trying to do the autograph session especially for Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy," said Shuckers fan Chris Lovati. Fortunately we were able to get both their autographs, so we got a ball for him. Hopefully we can pass it down for him in the future." 

On Thursday, the Shuckers will open their regular season against the Chattanooga Lookouts at 6:40 p.m.

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