Redbirds + Sounds = I-40 Cup Series

This season marks the first of what will be many I-40 Cup Series between the Memphis Redbirds and the Nashville Sounds.

Memphis manager Ron “Pop” Warner and Nashville manager Mike Guerrero pose with the I-40 Cup.

“Adding a piece of hardware really puts a spotlight on this interstate rivalry,” Memphis Redbirds General Manager Ben Weiss said. “The Cup is a great centerpiece to a long-lasting relationship with the Tennessee Education Lottery.”

The overall winner of the season-long series between the Redbirds and the Sounds will receive the two-foot-tall I-40 Cup, while the loser of the series will donate 25 tickets to the winner’s charity of choice.

Starting pitchers, Shelby Miller (Memphis) and Wily Peralta (Nashville) with the I-40 Cup.

“Both ballclubs are proud of the Tennessee Lottery’s long-standing support of Minor League Baseball in Tennessee,” Nashville Sounds Vice President/General Manager Brad Tammen said. “This trophy will add another exciting element to our cross-state rivalry.”

Nashville currently leads the all-time record between the two clubs at 123-101.

The I-40 Cup will become an annual staple in the series between Memphis and Nashville.


By: Michael Stagno and Jordan Johnson, Memphis Redbirds media relations

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