Grand Slammers prepare for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The annual Alabama Grand Slammers preseason barbecue and University of Alabama baseball "Fan Day" will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.

Admission is $5 per person and includes a barbecue plate lunch and access to all of the events inside the facility. Free schedule posters and schedule cards will be available along with GrandSlammers bumper stickers and door prizes. A silent auction will also be held with all proceeds benefitting the Alabama GrandSlammers and their support projects for the Crimson Tide baseball team.

Head Coach Jim Wells will address the group and give a scouting report of the 2002 Alabama baseball team. Alabama coaches and players will be available for autographs as well. Following the event, the Crimson Tide will hold an open scrimmage at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The 2002 Alabama GrandSlammers preseason barbecue is sponsored by Alabama Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Tuscaloosa, Pepsi Cola-Buffalo Rock and South's Finest Meats and Vegetables.

Fans interested in joining the 2002 Alabama Grand Slammers may do so at the barbecue or by mail. The cost if $50 for individual membership and $75 for a family membership.

Dues may be mailed to:

  • Alabama Grand Slammers
  • PO Box 1159
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35403

The 2002 season will also feature the return of Saturday pregame cookouts for all members, with an added bonus this season. Instead of the regular Monday night meetings, the Grand Slammers will now meet on Saturday beyond the right field fence prior to three home games. Coach Wells has also agreed to speak to the group at each of these meetings. The cookout and meeting schedule is as follows:

Day and Date        Game         (Time) Cookout         (Time)
Saturday, March 16  vs. UT       (4 PM) Cookout/Meeting (2:30 PM)
Saturday, April 6   vs. Florida  (4 PM) Cookout/Meeting (2:30 PM)
Saturday, April 20  vs. Ole Miss (2 PM) Cookout         (12:30 PM)
Saturday, April 27  vs. Auburn   (3 PM, FOX) Cookout    (1:30 PM)
Saturday, May 11    vs. MSU      (4 PM) Cookout/Meeting (2:30 PM)

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