CORPUS CHRISTI, Tx. — The 2020 Hooks baseball season was supposed to kick off last Thursday. Opening Day is one of the biggest days in the Coastal Bend as baseball fans from all over fill the stands at Whataburger Field for a new baseball season.
This year, there was no opening day, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"You know you're sad because you are not with your baseball family and you are not at the ballpark," Hooks Director of Media Relations and play by play announcer Michael Coffin said.
The stadium might be closed and the seats might be empty, but that has not stopped the Hooks staff from working to keep fans entertained.
"You might not be able to go to Whataburger Field, but you can bring a little bit of Whataburger Field to your home," Coffin said.
And that is exactly what the team and its staff are doing. Through various forms of social media, the Hooks have started to provide entertainment and excitement for fans who are sitting at home.
From interactive scavenger hunts asking fans to find their favorite team giveaway or a simulated game of MLB the Show 20 with Coffin announcing the actual simulation, the Hooks are doing everything they can to take people's minds off the current health crisis.
They believe their job is more than just providing sporting events during the spring and summer months.
"Our job is not just getting people to come to Whataburger Field and enjoy Hooks baseball," Director of Marketing JD Davis said. "It is to take Hooks baseball out into Corpus Christi and into the Coastal Bend as often as we can."
The staff are trying their best to make people feel as if baseball is still going on, and they want to hear from the community about what they want.
"If you have a big idea bring it to us and we would love to make it happen," Coffin said.
They team has plenty of fun, interactive activities planned in the future as the sports world remains paused. They are hoping the fans continue to interact.