MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Fans of the Montgomery Biscuits got the chance to meet the team ahead of Thursday's season opener.
As the crowd cheered on, this year's team took the stage at Eastdale Mall Wednesday--ready or the season ahead of them and the support from fans across the river region.
"It's always good to see nice faces. The people who are always nice to you, so it's a nice experience," said pitcher Eddie Morlan.
Many of the players are new to the team. Some, like Birmingham native and Crimson Tide standout Emeel Salem, are glad to be back in Alabama.
"Growing up, I went to a bunch of Baron's games and came to a few of these games, so I know the fans are great," Salem explained.
It's one of the benefits of having a minor league team in your backyard. Fans of all ages stopped by for a chance to meet the players.
They say having a slice of America's pastime at home is priceless.
"We love it because it's so family oriented. You can bring babies. We've seen little babies up to big babies," said Glenda Armstrong, a member of the Biscuits Boosters Club.
"You get to watch the players grow, and we've all seen Longoria go all the way up, and we just love it," said one fan.
As the potential for major league growth sweeps over the team, players and manager Billy Gardner, Jr. are taking one thing at a time.
"We're going to get some butterflies out. I'm sure we'll get some butterflies. There usually is in the home opener. We're hoping to get those out and win a game," Gardner said.