City Desk: Get the inside story on Shuckers baseball

The Biloxi Shuckers, who last year were recognized by the Southern League with the first-ever Patriot Award, will be hosting the Naval Construction Battalion Center with “Navy Night” on Saturday.

It’s the latest in an ongoing series of promotions designed to make Shuckers baseball a family outing, whether you’re a baseball fan or not. That’s the word from Shuckers Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Chris Harris, who guests on this week’s City Desk podcast, recorded this morning at MGM Park.

Harris, who is readying for a Shuckers doubleheader this evening (it’s “Star Wars” night), talks about Shuckers baseball so far this season, the allure of minor league baseball in general, the day-to-day routine of a Shuckers player (on and off the field), and players to watch. And, oh yea, he has an off-the-cuff take on the best baseball movies. Yes, a 29-minute program.

As far as the “Navy Night” on Saturday, fans will have a chance to see Petty Officer 1st Class Terrance Pringle throw the opening pitch, and  the Color Guard from the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 will present the colors during the National Anthem.
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News and notes

National Day of Prayer:  The National Day of Prayer observance, an annual event that the city has participated in for more than 20 years, took place at noon today at the Biloxi City Hall.  To see images from the gathering, click here. To see video of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s presentation, click here.

Cinco de Bike-o: The state’s first Zagster Bike Share program launches at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow in Biloxi at the Biloxi Visitors Center and the public is invited to participate in a short ride from the Visitors Center to MGM Park.  To see images of preparations, click here.  To see more about Ethe bike share program, click here

Poetry lovers unite: Elaine McDermott, Mississippi’s 2017 Poet of the Year, will be at Our Lady of Fatima’s parish hall on Sunday afternoon at 2 signing copies of her latest collection of poems, “By the Rivers of Babylon.” To read more about McDermott and the event Sunday, click here.