On April 29th, Music City’s own minor league baseball team the Nashville Sounds will face the New Orleans Baby Cakes in their 12th home game of the season, and High Hopes will be the Charity of the Game!
During last year’s 2017 season, the Charity of the Game promotion hosted 30 local nonprofits at various home games, and now High Hopes will take its turn. The game begins at 1:05 PM on a Sunday afternoon, and it promises to be a fun and entertaining afternoon for all!
Who Are the Nashville Sounds?
Nashville has been involved in baseball since the 19th century, but the Nashville Sounds were established here almost by sheer force of will in 1978. The Nashville Sounds are a Triple-A baseball team, meaning they participate in the highest level of minor league baseball.
They are currently affiliated with the Oakland Athletics club in the MLB, and they have been affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Cincinatti Reds among other MLB teams in the past. The Sounds compete in the Pacific Coast League, in the American Southern Division, where their biggest rivals are the Memphis Redbirds.
As a baseball team, the Nashville Sounds have made 14 postseason appearances, winning 10 division titles, two conference titles, and three league championships. The most recent league championship title was achieved in 2005.
Greer Stadium, which served as the Nashville Sounds’ home for 36 years, was built on the grounds of Ft. Negley to prepare the way before any agreement was officially made to bring a MiLB team to Middle Tennessee.
Greer Stadium’s guitar-shaped scoreboard and unique location provided the venue for the Nashville Sounds games all the way through the 2014 season, cheered on by a cougar mascot named Ozzie. In April of 2017, the Sounds and their new mascot Booster the hot chicken rooster debuted at their new stadium, First Tennessee Park.
The new arena can seat up to 10,000 people and sits on the historic site known as Sulphur Dell, a former ballpark where much of Nashville’s baseball history prior to the Sounds organization was literally played out. With the new park came a view of the Nashville skyline and an open concourse that offers a constant view of the field, but First Tennessee Park carries on the tradition of the Sounds first stadium with a new version of the iconic guitar-shaped scoreboard.
Sunday, The 29th
The game against the Baby Cakes, under new manager Fran Riordan, is sure to be an entertaining event! We will be setting up a booth about High Hopes, and we will have representatives there to answer questions and spread the word about what our organization is all about.
But our best representatives will be our kiddos! Some of the families associated with High Hopes will be attending the baseball game in a special capacity, as the faces of High Hopes! There will be an All-Star Kid of the Game, who will get to run out onto the field and say, “PLAY BALL!” One lucky friend of High Hopes will get to help with announcing the players for each inning as a Junior P.A. And at the conclusion of the game, the Sounds will open up the field to allow children to run the bases!
In preparation for this event, we designed a High Hopes baseball tee shirt that we hope everyone will wear to the game! If you are a High Hopes family, staff member, or board member, check your email for a link and promo code to buy your tickets for this exciting event.
We hope everyone will come out to the ball game on the 29th! The First Tennessee Park is still very new and very cool, and it will be a very nice setting for an afternoon of baseball and High Hopes.
We’ll see you there!