Greensboro, N.C. â€“ Offering yet another sign that the Greensboro Grasshoppers home opener is just around the corner, Miss Babe Ruth returned to NewBridge Bank Park from extended spring training Friday sporting a new slimmer look and ready-as-ever to get on the field for the 2008 season.
A crowd favorite in 2007, Babe kicks off her second season with the squad Monday when the Grasshoppers host Hickory in their home opener.
â€œBabeâ€™s in the best shape of her life,â€ said Grasshoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore. â€œHaving Babe back really puts the finishing touches what it is we try to do here; weâ€™re about having fun at the baseball game for people of all ages and Babe really exemplifies the fun-loving spirit we try to bring to the park each night.â€
After three and a half weeks away at spring training, Babe returned to the â€˜Hoppers where she will deliver ball to the umpires, serve as a batgirl, run the bases and much more.
â€œThis off-season Babe had a lot of time to reflect on what could make her better,â€ said Moore. â€œSheâ€™s been working with the teamsâ€™ instructors at spring training and we feel Babeâ€™s in tip-top shape. Babeâ€™s going to bring even more excitement to the park this season with a few new elements that sheâ€™s been able to add to her game.â€
Fans can catch their first glimpse of Babe and the rest of the 2008 Grasshoppers Monday when they host their home-opener against the Hickory Crawdads at 7 p.m.