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Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) was drafted by St. Louis in 2008 out of UNLV and is in the midst of his seventh professional season. He grew up in California and attended Poway High School in San Diego. The infielder spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, where he is the all-time career home runs leader with 59.
“A few years ago I was blogging for Scout.com and had a great time doing it,” Scruggs said. “I wrote about winter ball and my season in Springfield. When the Redbirds Media team approached me about blogging, I immediately thought about how awesome it would be to give fans an inside look on a player’s thoughts and everyday experiences.”
The 2014 season is here and underway and I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Memphis Redbirds team. It is another season to show improvement, strive for your dreams and to grind all 140 games. Triple A is a new experience for me.
I have never been to Memphis but I have heard so much about it. The first day we arrived I couldn’t help but be in awe of such an awesome stadium. I stared at the field just thinking how AutoZone Park will be my new playground for the next 6 months. It was three days before the season started but I already wanted to be on the field. I was visualizing myself in the batter’s box and hitting one over the fence. Redbirds fans showed up for one of our first practices and it only emphasized how awesome it is to have so many people that support you.
Needless to say I am very blessed to be here. Every day I remind myself to not take this for granted. When I think about it, all I’m really doing is playing the sport I have loved to play since I was five years old. What makes it even more special is that every year I get to play in front of so many Cardinal fans that truly love the game as much as I do. For that I will be forever thankful grateful.
There are two things that I have always associated with Memphis and I’m sure it is probably the same for others who aren’t from here: music and food. People warned me about the food here in Memphis. They told me there is a good chance I could get fat with all the wonderful food here in this city. It’s such a shame that all the hard work I put into shedding pounds this offseason will be put to waste with places like Rendezvous, Central BBQ, Gus’s, Blue Plate Cafe and Germantown Commissary surrounding me. I’m not complaining though because being from California it’s not too often I get options like this.
My first thought about the upcoming season is that we have a very talented team. It is not every day that a team has such a remarkable outstanding core of guys. I’m positive that our team will do very well this year. True baseball fans know that a team only goes as far as their pitching will take them. With that being said we could definitely lose pitchers to the big league team if they are pitching well. Actually that could be said for both position players and pitchers. That is one thing that I will have to get used to more of this year, seeing players get promoted to the big leagues. That’s the most exciting part though, knowing that you are only one step away from being in ‘the show’. That’s all the motivation I need.
I’m happy to call Memphis my new home for a little while, but hopefully not for too long because I would love to check out St. Louis as well. More blogging to come very soon, but for now you can find more of my thoughts on Twitter. Until next time!
We hope you will join us for the home opener of the 2014 season and the beginning of AutoZone Park’s 15th season tomorrow! These three guys will be here. How about you? Get your tickets here.
Friday, April 11th, will be a special day here around the ballpark. The Redbirds open the gates to AutoZone Park for the 15th season of play, as the team hosts the Iowa Cubs. The first home stand is scheduled to be one of the best all season long.
Besides being around the excitement and anticipation of the home opener on Friday, the first 3,000 fans will also be treated to the shirt pictured above that commemorates the park’s 15th season, presented by Christian Brothers University. There will also be a Block Party in the Plaza two hours before the game with drink specials and live music. It will be one of the best nights of the season.
On Saturday, April 12th, the first 3,000 fans will receive a handy magnet schedule presented by Shelby County Health. Those in attendance will also be treated to a special fireworks show set to Memphis-themed music.
Fans are invited to join the Redbirds on Sunday, April 13th, for Bark in the Ballpark. All dog owners with a ticket will be able to have their furry friends join them inside AutoZone Park. The game will also feature the national entertainment act of Jake the Diamond Dog. In addition, all hot dogs will be $1 throughout the game.
Fans will not want to miss the chance at this weekend’s terrific slate of games and promotions. Tickets are available here. We hope to see you this weekend!
Opening Day has become one of the best afternoons of the entire baseball season. Every team has a renewed outlook at the season. Every player starts with a perfect average. Every ball club begins in first place.
The grand spectacle that is Opening Day gets every player excited, and when players are excited, they take to Twitter to make sure the whole world knows they are. Both former and current Redbirds made their thoughts known yesterday.
Matt Carpenter, who signed an off-season contract extension to remain with St. Louis through the 2019 season, was ready to go yesterday.
It's here… #OpeningDay
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) March 31, 2014
Kolten Wong reached base twice yesterday against Cincinnati, including a beautiful bunt single.
It's finally here… Opening day!!! Lets get it going #CardinalNation
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) March 31, 2014
Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold experienced Opening Day in Cincinnati, where there was a parade through the streets in celebration of another season.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 31, 2014
Every team has that funny guy. Joe Kelly fits the role perfectly with St. Louis.
I feel like I have something to do today
— Joseph Kelly Jr. (@JosephKellyJr) March 31, 2014
Trevor Rosenthal, who notched his first save of the season yesterday with a perfect ninth inning, hanging out with Kelly and outfielder Peter Boujos before the opener. Bourjos turned 27 yesterday.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) March 31, 2014
When Kevin Siegrist tweets, you know something is a big deal.
Now we go. #OpeningDay
— Kevin Siegrist (@KevinSiegrist) March 31, 2014
Adam Wainwright received a lot of deserved praise yesterday after notching his 100th career win.
Congrats to Waino tonight, 100th Career Win! #nasty
— Shelby C Miller (@ShelbyMiller19) March 31, 2014
Xavier Scruggs may have said it best.
Nothing better than baseball being back!
— Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) April 1, 2014
The Redbirds open their season on the road this Thursday, April 3, at Iowa. They then begin the 15th season inside AutoZone Park the following Friday, April 11, at 7:05 pm against Iowa. If you have not already, grab tickets to the opening series and we hope to see you around the park soon!
Fans may have already heard, but the Redbirds have released another hint of something new the 15th season at AutoZone Park will feature. On Saturday, June 7th, when Memphis plays host to Nashville, it will be Tribute to Memphis, Egypt Night. As part of the night, fans will see Redbird players sporting Egyptain-themed jerseys. The night will conclude with a special fireworks presentation. Fans will not want to miss seeing their favorite players in these one-of-a-kind jerseys.
Here is another sneak peek of a giveaway featured in the promotional calender for the 2014 season. It happens on Friday, May 23rd, when the Oklahoma City Redhawks visit AutoZone Park. Not only is it Irish Heritage Night, but the first 3,000 fans will also receive the green batting practice hat shown above. The night is presented by Silky O’Sullivan’s. Get your tickets to this game here.
The Memphis Redbirds announced today that individual tickets for the 2014 regular season and the St. Louis Cardinals Exhibition Game will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15th.
Check out the Redbirds’ website for more details.
After an eight-game road trip to begin the 2014 regular season campaign, the Redbirds will celebrate AutoZone Park’s 15th Anniversary season beginning with a 7:05 p.m. home opener on Friday, April 11th against the Iowa Cubs (Triple-A Cubs).
The Grapefruit League kicked off today as St. Louis battled Miami. Though the Cardinals fell to the Marlins, 5-4, one thing is sure; baseball is back! We will keep you posted on who looks to land where as spring training progresses these next couple of weeks.
The 15th season at AutoZone Park looks to be a good one. We think this tweet from Redbirds’ broadcaster Steve Selby sums up a lot about the talent in the St. Louis organization.
9 of 10 Cardinals starters today passed through AutoZone Park. #alumni
— Steve Selby (@SelbyRedbirds) February 28, 2014
Be sure to keep track of your favorite players within the organization by following the different levels they could appear at during the season.
And remember, the Battle of the Birds is now only 28 days away!