Baseball season is underway. This is a sacred time where I’m from. Sun, grass, children playing in the park, all the memories of youth rushing back. But in New Orleans, the start of baseball season is but a placeholder: some 200 days until the Saints’ opening kickoff. This city lives on its own schedule.
Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org.
Zephyr Field is affectionately known as the "Shrine on Airline" — a 10,000-seat stadium next door to the Saints and Pelicans practice facility that is host to New Orleans's own professional baseball team.
The New Orleans Zephyrs are the AAA-affiliate of the Miami Marlins, which means our local team is the last step for these players on their long journey to the major leagues.
Jamie Romak pounded three home runs as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Zephyrs 18-3 on Monday night at Autozone Park in Memphis.
The Redbirds offense racked up 18 hits and five home runs. Romak tied a Memphis franchise record with three home runs in the game, including a solo shot in the third inning, a two run shot in the fifth and a three run blast in the seventh. He went three for five with six runs batted in.
Memphis added two more home runs, a solo shot by Rob Johnson and a three run home run by Chad Huffman.
Nick Green smacked a solo home run and the Zephyrs pitchers limited the Nashville Sounds to one run on five hits as the Zephyrs defeated Nashville 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The Zephyrs offense picked up 11 hits in the game. The scoring started in the second inning when Matt Diaz doubled with one out. Wilson Valdez two out single scored the game’s first run. Green homered to lead off the fourth inning to give the Z’s a 2-0 lead. Diaz singled, Koyie Hill doubled, and Diaz would score on a Mitch Talbot ground out to give the Z’s a 3-0 lead.
After a shaky start to their season, the University of New Orleans baseball team has still been unable to get on the right track.
The Privateers are still searching for their first win of the season after being swept in a road series against the South Alabama Jaguars over the weekend and dropping a game against the Tulane Green Wave Wednesday.