As you probably very well know already, Prince passed away earlier today. Many in the world have mourned his death and found a way to pay tribute to the legendary musician. Including, the Fresno Grizzlies who tonight and tomorrow will wear a ’98 Remix’ Jersey in honor of Prince and Purple Rain.
In the world of Minor League Baseball, there’s Star Wars Night, Taco Night, Cancer Awareness Night; the list goes on. It’s what separates Minor League Ball from the Majors, and ultimately its what makes the MiLB better than the MLB. Why some MLB teams might give a moment of silence in his honor, a MiLB is wearing jerseys dedicated to the man himself. Hands down, the game over-clear winner here. MiLB. I couldn’t find if they were auctioning the jerseys off after the game (I assume so, that’s the case), but it’s still something is cool to see when attending a game. Going back to yesterday, there has been talk of “making baseball fun again” If you ask me, MiLB has already done that. But I’m just a man with an opinion.
The Fresno Grizzlies are the AAA Affiliate of the Houston Astros playing in the Pacific Coast League. The Grizzlies are the modern day incarnate of the Fresno Raisin Eaters (Fresno has baseball dating back to 1898). The Raisin Eaters played one year in the PCL (1906) finishing dead last in the six-team league, with a record of 64-117 (.353). They then dropped out of the PCL after that year, returned to Sacramento, and re-entered the League in 1909 as the Sacramento Solons. Here is their logo:
The Grizzlies currently have been in existence since 1998, when the expansion of the MLB forced the Tuscon Toros to move from Tuscon, choosing Fresno and giving the city their first PCL team since 1906 as an affiliate of the Giants.
From 1998 through 2001 the Grizzlies played at Pete Beiden Field at CSU Fresno before moving to Chukchansi Park, where they still play today. The Grizzlies gained popularity last year when they played as the Fresno Tacos.