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Generals Ready for Home Opener

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Bats cracked at the Ballpark at Jackson as the Generals celebrated Fan Fest a day ahead of the home opener.

"I think it's cool. Obviously we're excited, so I hope they're excited to get things going," said Generals shortstop Brad Miller.

Fans hung out, enjoyed live music, and even made their way down to the field for autographs.

For the players, it was run and relaxing. But their focus is on hitting the diamond and getting the home portion of the season underway, in what they expect to be a big year.

"Nothing but the best. We have a great group of guys," said Generals outfielder Leon Landry. "We have pitching, depth, position player wise we're stacked. We've got speed, power and great defense. I think we're going to make a great push this year."

For the players, the team is like a brotherhood. That is part of what they think makes this team so special.

"We're all comfortable with each other. We like playing together. So that's huge and I think that'll help us," said Miller.

The team is off to a slow 2-3 start, but they are bring in a lot of new players in what is considered the number two farm system in all of baseball.

As time goes on, they believe the team will begin clicking on all cylinders.

"It may take some time for some of the younger players to get going," said Generals manager Jim Pankovits. "But once they do, there's no telling what kind of win/loss record we might have."

Second baseman Jack Marder agreed.

"I don't want to say it's limitless, but we are definitely striving to win the Southern League Championship and I definitely want to get a ring."