The Babe is Back

Greensboro, N.C. – 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.

“Babeâ€s in the best shape of her life,” said Grasshoppers President and General Manager Donald Moore. “Having 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.”

After three and a half weeks away at spring training, Babe returned to the ‘Hoppers where she will deliver ball to the umpires, serve as a batgirl, run the bases and much more.

“This off-season Babe had a lot of time to reflect on what could make her better,” said Moore. “Sheâ€s been working with the teams†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.”

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.