MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thursday is the big season opener for the Pelicans, and it's also is the very first game for the team's new general manager Andy Milovich.
The Pelicans have had quite a few GMs come and go, but Milovich says, in Minor League baseball, turnover is just part of the game.
Like the players in the minors, it's all about developing and grooming for a major league job. He says it's not unusual to see new GM every so often in the industry. Even though the Pelicans has lost a handful of GMs, Milovich says it's not a sign of weakness.
He says the important thing is that the team is attractive enough to continue to bring on talented management. Milovich signed on to the Pelicans in January of this year. He replaced Scot Brown, who was with the team for three years.
Milovich says he's pumped for the season-opener and looks forward to being with the Pelicans on year 15.
"The experience and the show that we put on is fantastic," he says. "I'm excited to be a part of it I'm excited to learn and excited to put my spin on what we can do and continue to grow it."
To build a stronger Myrtle Beach fan base, Milovich says the Pelicans will build closer ties with the community. Thursday night, the team will kick off a 15th anniversary campaign. The team's goal is to raise $250,000 this season for local charities.
Also new this year, 'Make a Splash Mondays.' The team has teamed up with the Back Pack Buddies program. The organization collects things like food, clothes and school supplies for kids in the community. Fans will get half off admission if they make a donation.
Milovich says many of the fan favorites will continue this year. Game-goers can still expect Wiener Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and firework shows. Milovich says he feels good about filling in seats at the ball park.
"I think we're poised to have a really good year from a ticket sales stand point," he says. "It's all about providing that great family experience."
The team was set to take to the field at 7:05 p.m. at the TicketReturn.com Field. Unfortunately, they announced on their Facebook page that the game was canceled due to a rainy forecast. Anyone with tickets to Thursday night's game can use that ticket as a voucher for a future 2013 home game.
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