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Peanuts debut at home

May 24, 2007

Albany - - The South Georgia Peanuts played their first game at home Thursday night in front of a big crowd of fans.

It seemed the Paul Eames Sports Complex was the place to be. Thousands of people showed up to enjoy the game, many of them just excited to have a team to call their own.

They're bringing baseball back.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the people of Albany to enjoy some good all American baseball," says fan Kenneth Manuel.

The South Georgia Peanuts came and delivered for fans who took their place in line to get a ticket. 1,500 tickets were sold in advance. Thursday, some 4,000 fans bought their tickets on the spot.

Tommy Roberts signed up his granddaughter Casey into the Peanut's Kids Club. She gets a t-shirt and free admission to games. She's excited.

"Because I've never been to a real baseball game before," says Casey Askew.

Chris Cartmell made sure he brought his son, Andy.  He says it was just the right thing to do.

"Having your son. Dad going to a ball game. That's just the American way," Cartmell said.

And with all of the food, fun, and excitement, there were enough cheers to go around.

"You can only hope future homes games are just like this. Definitely, future home games we want to be just like this," says Peanuts staffer Chris Bell. 

Even little Casey is now a huge fan.

"Ummm. I like it!"

The Peanuts have 45 home games so there will be plenty of opportunities to see them. The next game is Friday night.

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