Monday was opening day for Major League Baseball, but the Sacramento’s Triple-A team still had a few days before their season started.
The River Cats invited the media to Raley Field to speak with players, including some local boys who are getting a chance to play in front of friends and family.
“I remember when the stadium opened and my folks would bring me out to watch games,” pitcher Eric Berger said.
Manager Steve Scarsone is also optimistic about the upcoming season.
“You know, as a staff, we’re excited about what we have here. Of course, playing in Sacramento, it’s a great situation,” Scarsone said. “(The) fans are great. We want to provide a good product and we have a winning tradition here.”
First baseman Anthony Alliotti grew up in Pittsburg, and is happy to play closer to home.
“It’s always nice coming home pretty much to play games and see familiar faces, so it makes it a little easier,” Alliotti said.
It’s not the big league, but other new River Cats players say that, as far as minor league teams go, playing in Sacramento is as good as it gets.
The River Cats were scheduled to play an exhibition game Monday, but were rained out. They are due to play the Ports in Stockton Tuesday.