MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The first game in Myrtle Beach history to include a Major League Baseball team is fast approaching, and the Pelicans have released the schedule of events for the March 29 exhibition between the Texas Rangers and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at BB&T Coastal Field.
The festivities begin when gates open at the ballpark at 4:00 PM on Tuesday and the reigning American League champions take batting practice from 4 to 5. Following Rangers BP, the Chanticleers, who will enter the exhibition contest with a 15-8 overall record and 1-0 mark in the Big South Conference in their regular season, will take their hacks from 5 to 5:40 and will hold infield practice from 5:45 until 5:55
Following field preparation, the teams will begin World Series-style introductions at 6:15 with each club lining up along the baselines beginning with the Chanticleers. Just prior to 6:30, the Pelicans, Rangers, and Chanticleers will welcome a special native son for the evening's first pitch. Former major leaguer Bobby Richardson, a South Carolina native and one-time Chanticleers head coach, will throw out the ceremonial first toss. Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955-66 and skippered the Chants from 1985-86, winning a Big South title in 1986.
The Rangers will be the home team for the exhibition affair and will don their blue jerseys and caps with gray pants while the Chanticleers, the visitors, will wear white uniforms.
Coming off the first American League pennant in franchise history, the Rangers are opening their new partnership with the Pelicans with a bang with the exhibition game kicking off Myrtle Beach's first season in the Texas club's farm system. Many stars of the reigning AL champs are expected to be on-hand for this historic event at BB&T Coastal Field including 2010 American League Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton and former Pelican and 2010 AL All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus. The Chanticleers are into the swing of their 2011 campaign, looking to build off the best season in the school's baseball history during which they came within two Super Regional wins of a trip to Omaha and a berth in the 2010 College World Series.