Baseball Held Fan Day on Saturday

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Jon Kelton gives one of the more than 100 kids at today's clinic a high-five.
Jon Kelton gives one of the more than 100 kids at today's clinic a high-five.

Feb. 11, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama baseball team held its annual Fan Day on Saturday. The Fan Day began with the Kids Clinic at 9 a.m. and concluded with the Grand Slammers Barbeque at 11:30 a.m. The team was scheduled to play an intrasquad, but due to cold weather, the scrimmage was cancelled. The team will play an intrasquad at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Sunday, beginning around 2:30 p.m.

"With over 100 kids here, we had a great turnout for the clinic, and we'll wrap up today with the Grand Slammers Barbeque," head coach Mitch Gaspard said during the kids clinic. "It's a fun day for our fans and our players. We'll sign autographs and give the fans to chance to meet our players and interact with them. This is the kickoff for our season, it's fun for us and our fans, and it's been a great time out here with the kids this morning."

The day began with the kids clinic, which ran two hours from 9-11 a.m., in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility. More than 100 kids showed up for the clinic, where they participated in baseball drills. The kids, ages 6-12 years old, participated in throwing, catching and running drills in the morning session, before the team signed autographs for all in attendance.

Lunch was served at The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium at 11:30, where the Alabama Grand Slammers provided a meal for the more than 400 fans in attendance. During the two hour event, the Alabama baseball team signed autographs, introduced themselves to the fans and then head coach Mitch Gaspard addressed the audience. Additionally, seniors Taylor Dugas and Jon Kelton thanked those in attendance and encouraged the fans to come out to The Joe and route on the Tide this season.

"Today had been so much fun," Kelton said. "Working with the kids on outfield drills we focus on telling them to catch with two hands. We try to teach the kids to do things the right way, but most importantly we try to encourage them to have fun."

The Crimson Tide's season and home opener is set for Friday, Feb. 17, at 6:05 p.m., when Alabama hosts the Florida Atlantic Owls in the first game of a three-game series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. 

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