Greetings from Memphis, Tennessee, where it is Elvis Week.
Really, it is. There are Elvis banners everywhere, and reportedly there are Elvis impersonators all around town. I haven’t seen any yet – but I will be taking pictures if I experience any Elvi. Stay tuned.
They are even going to celebrate it at the ballpark tonight – I’ve heard they are giving away Elvis bobbleheads, and no, you cannot have mine if I get one. Sorry about that.
The Rainiers flew in on the off-day and arrived in time to experience Memphis. Many in the travelling party enjoyed some BBQ ribs and experienced Beale Street.
This is Tacoma’s first trip to Memphis since the 2010 PCL Championship Series, when the Rainiers swept the Redbirds 3-0 by hitting 11 home runs to claim the PCL title. The entire series was played at Autozone Park because of the Cheney Stadium renovations; we spent a lot of time here that season.
In 2012, we have a different story. Both teams are really struggling – heck, you thought the Rainiers are struggling at 19 games under .500? Memphis is 31 games under .500 with a 44-75 record. They could actually lose 90 games in a 144-game season – they’re really working on it right now, having dropped 14 of their last 17.
The do have some interesting players, most notably starting pitcher Shelby Miller, who faces the Rainiers on Saturday. They have a good power hitting prospect in first baseman Matt Adams, and center fielder Adron Chambers really opened our eyes last year at Cheney Stadium.
Tonight’s first pitch is at 5:05 (Pacific) and as always the game will air on South Sound Sports 850 AM and streaming online right here. Tacoma starts RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4-2, 3.60) against Memphis LHP Tyler Lyons (1-7, 4.83).
- The Rainiers were off on Thursday, but here is the link to the game story on Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to New Orleans.
- Larry Stone has a story about the two new Mariners relievers hitting 100 mph.
We’re light on links today because the whole PCL was off yesterday, and so were the Mariners.