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Shrimp Tales: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Season Starts April 4

April 3, 2019: Hey, Crustacean Nation! It's time to Play Ball in Jacksonville ... The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp season opens Thursday, April 4, with a five-night homestand against the Jackson Generals at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. 


Team photo taken at Jumbo Shrimp Media Day, April 2, 2019 (photo: Linda Johnson)


The Jumbo Shrimp, Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins, held a Media Day on April 2, where guests stepped on the field with the players to view the team photo, listen to the players talk about the upcoming season, and get a sneak peek at the new menu items. With respect to the team, three words stand out: excitement, chemistry, and speed. 

High Tailin': Jax Jumbo Shrimp Swing for the Fences on Opening Day!


[UPDATE, April 16: According to a press release dated April 16, attendance of 41,276 during the opening Jumbo Shrimp homestand April 12-16 was the highest attended series in the history of the Baseball Grounds! The figure represents an increase of 57% over last season's opening series. Congrats, Jumbo Shrimp!]

When the (former) Jacksonville Suns Minor League Baseball team changed its name, logo and branding to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp last November, you gotta admit that one of the first things you probably said to yourself (amid a chuckle or two) was "What?" Over the past five months following that news, the Jumbo Shrimp front office took to the media in the hopes of getting the city pumped up to cheer on the newly-proclaimed "Crustacean Nation." The new name and colorful shrimp character of the AA-Affiliate of the Major League Baseball Miami Marlins (whose Class A Advanced Affiliate is the Jupiter Hammerheads, by the way) seemed to be catching on. As April 12 Opening Day approached, the team touted its revamped food menu and upcoming season-long promotional events, held a contest to name the new Shrimp mascot, and even hosted a "Shrimp & Suds" Craft Beer Fest at the ballpark on April 1 (no April Fools there). 


It looks like the team netted some pretty awesome results, too, because a record Opening Day crowd of 10,477 was on hand at the Baseball Grounds for last night's Home Opener against the Chattanooga Lookouts. The fans were treated to a 7-1 Jumbo Shrimp victory and a fireworks display following the game.