Athletes live to compete and it’s hard to compete when your home field is destroyed; but tonight that is no longer the case for the Port Aransas baseball team.
"It is probably the most amazing feeling I’ve had all year ..we’ve been waiting for this on the baseball side for a long time," head coach for Port Aransas baseball, James Garrett told KZTV.
The Marlins were finally able to host a home opener and the crow was all smiles about a real reason to root, root, root, for the home team.
"It’s been a lot of hard work by the city, and by the guys that work for the city …so we appreciate everything they’ve done," Coach Garrett said.
Everything they’ve done includes: new lights, a new chain link fence, a new back stop, and dugouts, because we don’t understand the how much the little things mean, until we lose them.
"It’s an amazing feeling just to get out there and water your field, just have the chance to be out their..on our field," Garrett said.
Additional netting and upgrades are still scheduled to be installed. Now, the field that was a reminder of what the city lost is full of action, the folks of Port Aransas had no idea just how much of a blessing normal really is.
"Last night we had our first practice on our field under the lights because these lights are brand new and you know the guys enjoyed getting out there…putting the rakes on the field and picking stuff off and putting it back in our shed…just another normalcy thing that we’ve been able to get back to," he said.
The Marlins went on to beat the Pettus Eagles 5-2.