January 2009

Who’s excited to hear my voice for 140 games next season?

So if you haven’t heard yet, the Sand Gnats have partnered with STAR 1400 AM to broadcast all 140 games in 2009 locally in Savannah!!!  I’m super pumped and excited because it means it makes it that much easier for you the fans to follow your Sand Gnats while they are on the road or if you’re late to the ballgame!  Big thanks to STAR 1400 AM.  It’s going to be a fun season and I’ll do my best to blog from the road as much as I can with tips on places to eat, visit and the like. 

Other than that, its same-old, same-old here in the trailer.  I’ve been putting a lot of time in designing themed templates and such for people around the office lately.  Nothing too exciting.  SCAD baseball has their first game Friday and it will be nice to have baseball back in Historic Grayson Stadium.  I’ve also been working with new headshot designs for the SCAD team so that hopefully some of them will translate to Gnats stuff when the season starts.  I like to test my stuff out before to see if everything looks cool and readable. 

That’s it for now.  Lost is on tonight so I’m always excited about that!



It’s really cold here this morning in Savannah.  I check my iPhone before I left the house and it said it was 23…that’s ridiculous.  A very cold, frozen Mike Passanisi blogging from the Sand Gnats headquarters at Historic Grayson Stadium.

I watched American Idol for the first time in a while last night because A. they were in the Yay Area (San Francisco) and B. all of my roommates watch the horrible television program.  The show didn’t disappoint, it was dreadful.  Did you see the girl who brought all the diagrams and stuff to the show?  She couldn’t even pronounce half the body parts she was talking about correctly, let alone sing. 

Other programming that was much better was the Obama Inauguration.  Obama is an excellent public speaker.  He sells whatever he is saying very well and I’m not one to dive into politics but I’m kind of excited to see what happens. 

On the Sand Gnats front, things are starting to pick up quite rapidly as we approach February.  Before we know it, Opening Day 2k9 will be here and that’s crazy.  Right now, I’m working on the design of our 2009 Pocket Schedule and still trying to finalize our group brochure (we’re waiting on a couple of loose ends) but those should hopefully be done shortly. 

I’m excited to see who the Mets invite to big league camp in a month or so.  I really think that Tobi Stoner, Josh Thole and Mike Antonini have a shot to be invited.  I would say one of those three could very well be a late season callup come September when rosters expand.  As for the ’09 Gnats, we still have no word on our coaching staff but it was around the beginning of February last year that we heard Donovan Mitchell was our manager, so that announcement might be coming up soon. 

Now how many of you are excited for LOST tonight?!  Probably one of the best shows on television in my professional opinion.  It’s crazy and confusing but it’s just so addicting.  For those of you that haven’t watched, I’d say rent the first season and you’ll be so hooked you’ll watch all of it in probably three days time.

Well, I’ve got to go put out a press release. Check back later today to find out what it’s about.

Over and Out



Hello Sand Gnats Fans, Community Relations director Tara Vaglica here. There has been a lot going on over here at Historic Grayson Stadium in the last few days. If you missed it, yesterday we hosted a press conferenceannouncing the re-signing of our lease with the city of Savannah and Grayson stadium, keeping the Sand Gnats playing in Daffin Park for another 2 seasons. We are also very excited toannouncea new member to our staff, President R.C Reuteman. He comes to us with a wealth of experience, including working with 2 of the Sand Gnats sister teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and Binghamton Mets. We are lucky to have someone with such a wealth of knowledge down here in Savannah. Our staff is looking forward to learning from R.C andenhancingthe experience for our fans.

HEADS UP! On February 13th and 14th, your favorite Sand Gnat, Gnate, will play the part of cupid and deliver flowers to your loved ones. Order forms can be found on our website. Also REMINDER- Saturday, February 28 will be the 3rd annual Chili Bowl Cook-off. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Further information including registration forms can also be found on our website- http://www.sandgnats.com
APRIL 9TH vs. Augusta
Hope to see you there!