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Front Office Staff takes the Field

Hey Sand Gnat fans!

Tuesday, August 12 was a monumental day for the Sand Gnat front office staff. For the past few years we have made the trip out to Sun City Retirement Community for an extremely competitive game of softball. It was not until this rainy day in August that the front office staff came away victorious. Following a lead-off triple (and superb slide) by our video production assistant Stephen Drewniany the Sand Gnats had a great first inning, including an inside the park homer by grounds keeper Andy Rock. Rock also hit a 3-run homer in the top of the second to further the lead.

Sun City made a stellar comeback in the bottom of the 5th, pulling with in 1, making the score 11-10. The Sand Gnats fought back, producing 5 runs in the top of the 6th, the max amount of runs allowed in an inning. Anchored by stellar defense the Sand Gnats held off Sun City, walking away with a 17-11 victory.

The Sand Gnats are 3-1 in competition this summer, taking first in the All-Star game Bowling tournament, as well as providing three members to the winning staff baseball game. Our only fall thus far has been a fifth place finish in our Annual Golf tournament at Lady’s Island Country Club.

We are a extremely competitive staff and are always open to a challenge. I will keep you updated pending our rematch with Sun City in early September!! Until then GO GNATS!!

On the Road…Lakewood, N.J. Day 3

Well I don’t know if anyone is reading this blog but if they are, this is broadcaster Mike Passanisi coming live from Lakewood, N.J. before game three of our series with the Lakewood BlueClaws.  I’ve been traveling with the team for the past two road trips and will continue to do so for the rest of the month of August.  So be sure to listen in as the Sand Gnats traverse the northern part of the U.S. as we have two more games in Lakewood before we head to Salisbury, Md. to face the Delmarva Shorebirds.

The bus ride was long (18 hours) but fun and we arrived in Lakewood at 2 a.m. Monday morning.  When we got to the park on Monday I was blown away by FirstEnergy Park and its awesomeness.  It’s amazing to look at the contrast in parks like Grayson, Lake Olmstead in Augusta and the one here in Lakewood.  The press box is kept quite cool and it’s been cold overall here in the North, with temperatures dropping into the low 70s high 60s at night. 

Mike Stutes was lights out last night, throwing 6.1 innings of no-hit baseball against the Gnats as the BlueClaws defeated Savannah 4-0. 

I visited the Ocean Park Mall yesterday and found myself very dissapointed.  Being a mall afficionado, this mall was lacking in some serious categories.  One, it didn’t have an Apple store, so that was a bummer.  Two, the eateries for mid-mall snacking were average at best although they did have a Ms. Fields Cookies!  Three, the quality of stores was just ok.  They had an American Eagle and Gap..all your standards but nothing outstanding.  It gets an overall grade of a C

Yesterday I also had my first experience at a Firendly’s restaurant.  The food wasn’t bad, I had a hamburger and fires.

One thing that does need to be in Savannah is a late-night convienece store of some type, a 7-Eleven or a Wawa.  They’re clutch early in the morning. 

Well, thats going to do it.  I’ve got to head to the park soon.  I’ll write when we get to Delmarva



Non-Gameday Fun

The Sand Gnats are currently on the road in Greensboro, NC then they make their way to Kannapolis, NC for four games against the Intimidators (Dale RIP).  Which means they won’t be back at Grayson until July 25 for a Friday Night Fireworks Extraveganza.  So times in the office right now are feeling a bit like offseason workdays.  In honor of these offseason feeling days I feel it only appropriate to share with the fans some of our past offseason promotional days that fell through the cracks.

-Nicolas Cage Night:  Seriously…How great would this night be?  Think of the hours of footage available for between inning Nic Cage movie footage.  Between inning promotions that have fans see who can do the best impersonations.  Player headshots that feature Cage’s face from different movies maybe?  Rumor has it that his parents are Savannah residents.  Sand Gnats Driver and Label Placer Aaron Frank is hopefully still hard at work on finding Cage himself for the first pitch. 

-American Gladiator Night:  Fans could be the contenders.  Front office staff members could be the gladiators.  Pat Shaw in full body tights……

-Bad Idea Night: This night coined by Director of Client Services and Promotions Lauren Povia was actually a tongue-in-cheek comment for a DIFFERENT idea a fellow front office staff member had presented.  Still worthy enough for this list. 

-Rap Against Aaron Frank: This is actually a promotion where fans could battle front office staff member Aaron Frank in an Eminem/8 mile style rapping contest.  Of course Frank would probabaly always win, maybe one day a young phenom will come along and take his crown. 

-Jameson Billboard:  Ok, now I guess we’re getting a little out of hand.  We’re not even talking about promotions anymore.  But hey, as many times as I’ve heard this as a possibility I had to include it in the list. 

So these are some ideas.  Maybe one day you’ll come to the ballpark and they will actually be a reality!  Until then we’ll keep striving to entertain you with fun promotional nights like these!

Come to our next home stand starting on July 25 where the Sand Gnats will take on the Ashville Tourists. 

July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza!

Hey Sand Gnats Fans!!!

As you all know, July 4th is coming up and it is always a big deal here in Savannah. Since the 4th and the 5th each have big firework shows, we decided to have a big fireworks show here at Grayson Stadium on the 3rd so that you could have fireworks 3 nights in a row!

Not only will we have one of our biggest fireworks shows ever, but we will be hosting the Savannah Adult Baseball League’s All-Star Game. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are only $4 for general admission and $6 for box seats. You can order tickets early by calling the office or online, or tickets can be purchased at the gate.

This sounds like a great deal right? But thats not all guys… We are ALSO going to have a live band! Local talent, Listen 2 Three, will be playing on the plaza prior to game time, and then again on the field after the game!

Ok ok, that’s all right? Wrong! Since July 3rd is a Thursday, we will be serving all of our beer and soda’s for HALF-PRICE just like a normal Thirsty Thursday!

So let’s recap. Fireworks, baseball, live band, and half-price beer and soda! All for $4! You can’t beat that anywhere in town! So come on out to Historic Grayson Stadium at 6 p.m. on Thursday to join in on the fun!

Hope to see you there!!!

Another Newbie

Hello Sand Gnats fans,

My name is Tara, I arrived in Savannah a week ago and was instantly thrown into a 7 game homestand. Tonight marks the end of the homestand,  and on top of that it’s a THIRSTY THURSDAY. I am pretty excited at the prospect of finally getting to experience one, after hearing the “buzz” about it for the last week.  The Sand Gnats will finish out their series with the Columbus Catfish, then will be hitting the road to battle the Yankee’s affiliate, Charleston Riverdogs before the All-Star break.     

I am originally from Maryland, but have spent the past for years at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The move down here has been hectic, but I couldn’t be happier.  I am a die-hard mets fan and am very excited to be working for their organization.

Be sure  to mark your calenders for July 3rd, the Sand Gnats will be hosting a Men’s League All-star game followed by FIREWORKS!!!! Regular Thirsty Thursday sales will apply and it is sure to be a good time. So remember July 3rd- Grayson Stadium is the place to be!

MySpace Monday!!

Good Morning Sand Gnats fans!

Tonight is MySpace Monday here at Grayson Stadium!!! Check out the Sand Gnats MySpace page at  Send us a friend request, print it out and bring it to the box office tonight, Monday, June 9th for 1/2 off general admission seating!!

By becoming our MySpace friend you will find out about all of our exciting promotions and discounts throughout the season! 

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00pm as the Gnats take on the Columbus Catfish!

See you at the ballpark!


Swing in!

P1010077.JPGHow’s it going Sand Gnat fans? 

For those of you that don’t know, your Savannah Sand Gnats staff work from the stadium.  Right here at the ballpark!  Sound pretty cool huh?  We’re housed in the small trailer on the 3rd baseline. We work all year long Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, even when the team is out of season or on the road! 

But anyway I’m writing to you from the big back room of the trailer.  Today, Thursday, June 5th, it is currently about 95 degrees outside and around 115 degrees in the back room of the trailer.  Unfortunately our AC broke on Monday and our office has become a hot box!  Luckily the City of Savannah workers have come to our rescue and are fixing the situation as we speak!!  So our staff is really looking forward to tomorrow when the AC will be up and running again!


We’re also looking forward to tomorrow because it starts another homestand!!  The boys are back in Savannah tomorrow night and we’re ready!  Tomorrow night kicks off with Bloomingdale Community Night presented by the MPC and we also have the Savannah High School Class of ’63 Reunion!  Postgame you will be in awe of our outstanding fireworks show!


Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on this week!

Friday, June 6: 7:00pm vs Charleston RiverDogs: Postgame fireworks courtesy of KIX 96, Bloomingdale Community Night presented by the MPC & the Savannah High School Class of ’63 Reunion courtesy of Fox & Weeks Funeral Homes


Saturday, June 7: 7:00pm vs Charleston RiverDogs: First Chatham Bank Night with free koozies to the first 500 fans! And Gnate’s 4th Birthday Bash!  Come celebrate with us and Gnate’s friends from the community such as Gus from GSU, Sporty, Truman from Kidsville, and more!


Sunday, June 8: 2:00pm vs Charleston RiverDogs: It’s Kid’s Sunday presented by CW 13 and BIG 98.3!  Kid’s its all about you at Grayson Stadium!  Come cheer on the Gnats then race around the bases AND get your favorite players autographs after the game!


SSGnats3.epsMonday, June 9: 7:00pm vs Columbus Catfish: Fans it’s MySpace Monday!  For all of you out there we want to become cyber friends!  Visit our MySpace page at!  Request our friendship, print it out, and you will receive a half off general admission ticket to the game! 


Catch the Buzz!!







Im finally a Sand Gnat!

My name is Sarah King, and I just moved over to Savannah from Mississippi. I joined the staff after finishing school in May just in time to start a long 8 game homestand! I work with Lauren doing promotions and the on field activities during the games. I was able to do a lot of fun things my first week here including meeting Paula Deen, our first Bark in the Park of the summer and an education day as well as help organize a 5K! Talk about a busy week. I loved jumping into the job quickly though, and I’m definitely ready for the next homestand that is quickly approaching!


I am a southern girl, so I feel right at home in Savannah. The city is beautiful and I have been lucky enough to get to see alot of it already. I definitely look like a tourist walking down the street with a camera taking pictures, but I don’t mind. 🙂


See you at the games!!!

       – Sarah



Whats Going on at Grayson?

How’s it going Sand Gnats fans?!  I hope you’ve been enjoying the season so far!  We’ve had tons of GREAT games at Historic Grayson Stadium. 

The team is now 22 and 29.  With the boys currently on the road in Greenville, SC they’re 3-0 this series against the Boston Red Sox affiliate Greenville Drive.  We’re hoping for another win tonight with your Sand Gnats Mikel Cleto on the mound!  The boys have off for a traveling day tomorrow but return to action on Thirsty Thursday, May 29 here at Grayson Stadium.  Be sure to join us for 1/2 off beer and soda all night presented by Rock 106.1 and Connect Savannah.

What you should look forward to this weekend:

Thursday, May 29: is Thirsty Thursday

Friday, May 30: Bloomingdale Community Night presented by the MPC with post game FIREWORKS!

Saturday, May 31: Jimmy Buffett Night!  Enjoy a Cheeseburger in Paradise and a Margarita at the ballpark!Buffett-Night-08.jpg

Sunday, June 1: is Cancer Survivor Day.  We’re welcoming all survivors and their care givers.  Contact the American Cancer Society of Savannah for your invitation.  It’s also Kids Sunday presented by the CW Network and Big 98.3!  Kids can run the bases and get player autographs after the game!


I look forward to seeing you here!




mikey_p_1.JPGOk, so it’s been a while since we wrote on our blog and we apologize.  We’ve had a busy first month here in Savannah with two long homestands to start the season.  The Gnats are on the road right now in Asheville wrapping up a four-game set with the Tourists. 

As a staff, we would like to thank all of those that came out to the ballpark during the first month of the season.  We had a great time and we hope that you did too!  When the team is out of town, we are busy getting ready for the next homestand.  On the media front, we still do game notes and help prepare stats for opposing teams while the team is on the road so that is what’s going on in my department. 

This past weekend I went to the beach a couple times and caught some rays…that was fun.  Those of us that went also bought a bocce ball set to play with on the beach.  I used to have better than average bocce skills but they’ve diminished without practice.  By mid-summer, I should be back in professional form. 

I’ll quit rambling now.  Go Gnats!