Baseball Fans Converge on Jacksonville

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

May 25, 2006

It was another hot and humid day in Jacksonville, Florida. The heat and humidity did not discourage any fans from coming to the ballpark. In fact, most fans said they would travel far and wide to support their teams.

"We're out here watching some Florida State baseball, having a good time, tailgate; you name it, we're doing it,” said James "Poppy" Moody.

Whether it be barbecue beer, or buddies, fans have descended on Jacksonville to watch their favorite teams play at the ACC Baseball Tournament.

“I'm a senior next year so [it's been] a great year to come down and have a vacation at the beach and support the team,” said Anna Bruce.

“We travel as much as possible, especially [to watch] football and baseball. We always tailgate wherever we go so in between the games we just come out here and eat, and then go back out and watch some more games,” said Joni Byars.

Byars and her friends made the nearly six hour trip from Clemson to watch their number one seeded Clemson Tigers take on the ACC field. In their spare time, they set up camp wherever they can to enjoy food and drinks, even if it is at the expense of some class time.

“I skipped two days [worth of] classes for summer school--I'm taking 6 hours, too, so it's too different classes I'm skipping, but it's worth it. Clemson baseball is always worth it,” said Byars.

A group of Seminole supporters took homage under a tent to avoid the heat. With their team playing the early game, it gives them plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the rest of the day. While they love to watch their team win, the friendships and time spent together mean so much more.

“Honestly, these people right here. These guys right here make the trip worth it no matter what happens with the team,” Moody said.


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