Opening Day

By: Alex Neitzel, Group Sales Assistant

The Crawdads home opener is just over 24 hours away and the atmosphere at LP Frans stadium shows it.  The front office staff is eager to see the Crawdads on the field and fans in the stadium.  For me, opening day is exciting because it brings the feeling of summertime to the ballpark.  Fans will have their first opportunity of the year to grab a hot dog and a beer, and enjoy Crawdads baseball at LP Frans.  To make things better, the Crawdads have started the season at 4-2 and have a very legitimate shot at another first half title in the Northern division.  Aside from great baseball on the field, the front office staff has a thorough schedule of events before, during, and after games this season.  After all, LP Frans Stadium is where fun happens.  Opening weekend will feature Sneak Peek Night, our Red Carpet Grand Opening, Friday Night Fireworks, and Eric Church bobbleheads. 

This is my first season in Hickory and the anticipation I have seen throughout western North Carolina for the Crawdads season has made me realize what a great sports town Hickory is.  Fans are not only excited, but very knowledgeable.  I have had as many educated conversations about the Texas Rangers and their organization in western North Carolina as I did in Texas.  It’s nice to see that Crawdads fans are also Texas Rangers’ fans, and that they support the entire organization.  There are numerous minor league baseball teams in the US and I am extremely grateful to be part of the Hickory Crawdads and to be living in western Carolina.  Only 29 hours until LP Frans opens….

Alex joins the Crawdads as a group sales assistant in his first year with Hickory.  He is a native of Austin, TX and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Legal Studies.  Alex is no stranger to the Rangers organization, as he worked various game day duties with the Triple A affiliate, Round Rock Express.  He enjoys staying active outdoors playing sports.

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