PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) – This week – a new era of baseball begins for Pulaski. First, the River Turtles will make their road debut in Danville on Thursday night before celebrating their home opener on Saturday. Slider is the newest mascot to welcome fans to Calfee Park this summer as the Pulaski River Turtles prepare to enter the field.
“It’s been so long that most of them feel like it’s been ages since we last played baseball here. So it’s a few days away now, we’re almost there, ”said River Turtles general manager JW Martin. Along with the introduction of Slider came the unveiling of the home team jerseys, the latest revelation in a rebranding effort as Pulaski baseball shifts to its new identity as a league team. collegiate summer.
“From the signage they see here at the baseball stadium to the logo development for all of our merchandise, a lot has happened behind the scenes in the last few months. And still a lot of work to do. But we are going to be ready, ”said Martin.
While the design of the shirts and the mascot took months to set up, these players only have a few hours to devote to preparing this first pitch Thursday at Danville. “You know, we did some research. My crew. We have worked hard. We made videos about these kids, so we have a little idea of who’s coming from, but there are a lot of kids. We will learn, just like the fans, we will learn with you, ”said Clark Crist, manager of the River Turtles.
Crist brings over four decades of experience to Pulaski. While the goal will always be to win the game, the River Turtles manager has a long-term approach with his players. “This staff that we have trained is made up of professionals, so we are going to teach a professional atmosphere to these children. How we play professional baseball… I know everyone here is pinching themselves wondering, how did I end up here?… (It’s almost like someone gave you the keys to a new car?) Yes, you know that. And I don’t want to destroy it. I want to do well, ”said Crist.