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Don't Get Caught Standing In Line

The line at the ballpark box office for tickets can be pretty long, but there's no reason to wait anymore. In addition to the online ticket sales option that we introduced last year, you can now buy single-game tickets at several local outlets.

These individual game tickets, which we must say look pretty sharp, are available at Wildberries, Big Pete’s Pizza, Solo Sports, Ray's Food Place locations in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville, and the Arcata and Eureka Chambers of Commerce. They are also available at the "Crabs Shack" at the Arcata Main Street office in the Jacoby Storehouse on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Just like at the box office, there are adult, child, and senior/student tickets. For more information on ticket prices and locations, check out our ticketing page.

There's only one caveat: Holding a ticket does not guarantee admission to the park, so on those few days a year like the Fourth of July when we may sell out, you'll still want to get there early. Because when the park's full, the park's full.

They're ready. Are you?

Matt Nutter and his coaching staff are so antsy to begin the season, they've taken to coaching pizza guys. Take a look at our latest ad:

And make sure you bookmark our YouTube Channel. We're asking fans to send us 30-second videos from this season and we'll post them throughout the season. Email your links or files to humboldtcrabs@gmail.com.

Should We Call it a Crab Pot?

Humboldt Crabs Baseball is building a batting cage at the Arcata Ballpark. The City of Arcata and the Crabs are partnering to build a  20' x 80' hitting practice area in left field parallel to the freeway.  After two years of planning and money saving the foundation was poured on Saturday.

Proceeds from the pre-season dinner for several years have been added to money from the City to finance the project.  A 15' x 70" enclosed “cage” with netting will house a state-of-the-art pitching machine the Crabs, Arcata High Tigers, HSU Club team and any other baseball teams playing there will use for batting practice.  The pitching machine holds 600 baseballs and pitches one ball every six seconds.

This cage will keep the Crabs current with  Division One College Standards at the Arcata Ball Park.  With the money raised and donations of labor from Ed Cook Concrete Construction and the help of the city employees it will be done prior to the season opener June 1.  The cage will change the left field “out of play” area, giving it a new modern looking dimension.  The bullpen is moved and the bleachers will be re-located.  This will give a new practice area for the team and new game viewing opportunities for the fans who support them and sit in left field.

Cook Concrete Construction, led by Ed Cook, two of his employees, Al Mullins and Cory Wilbur, have donated their labor to form and pour the concrete and the retaining wall.

The work has been shared with Arcata employees doing the excavation, the pole installation and cage erection. This effort has been led by Field Superintendent, Fred Lomeli, head carpenter Rob Johnson and employees Michael O'Dowell and Stan Shaeffer.  Parks and Recreation supervisor, Dan Diemer, has assisted in approving this project with Arcata's Engineering and the Building Department as well as approval of the components being purchased. We thank everyone who was involved for helping get the batting cage installed.

Work for the Crabs!

The Crabs are pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for our staff for the 2013 season. Many positions are available, including concessions, special events, and security. And of course, the biggest void we have to fill this year is in the 50/50 drawing. Who's going to step up to take over for Luisa?

If you are interested in working at the Ball Park this summer, fill out our online application today!

Going Global

If you've been following the World Baseball Classic this week, you just might have seen a former Crab or two out there representing their countries.

Two players from the 2004 Crabs team are playing in the tournament. Vinnie Pestano, who has established himself as one of the stalwarts of the Cleveland Indians bullpen, is wearing number 52 for the American red, white and blue, while Marco Grifantini is playing for the Italian squad, wearing number 21.

Both teams advanced to the second round out of Pool D in the tournament. Pestano hasn't allowed a run in two innings of work for the Americans. Grifantini was tagged with the loss when America beat Italy in the first round.

Keep an eye out for them if you happen to catch one of these teams on TV. The second round is going on now. Italy dropped a close one to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, while USA crushed Puerto Rico 7-1. Italy faces Puerto Rico Wednesday at 4 p.m. Pacific time, while USA and the Dominican Republic square off Thursday at the same time. Either or both of our former Crabs could end up in the semifinals next week at AT&T Park!

100 Days Out — Start Making Your Plans!

ARCATA (Feb. 21) — The 2013 season of Humboldt Crabs baseball is just around the corner, and we're getting pretty excited about it here at Crabs HQ. To help build your excitement, here's a PDF of the season schedule you can download, print out, and put on your fridge, or whatever the 21st Century equivalent is.

Some highlights of this season's schedule include:

  • June 1-2: The return of the Fairfield Indians as our traditional opening-weekend opponent
  • June 5: Another matchup against the local Humboldt Sluggers
  • June 14-16: Far West League season opens against the Menlo Park Legends
  • June 25-26: The return of the vaunted Marysville Gold Sox to the Arcata Ball Park
  • July 17-21: The Crabs' only road trip of the season, first to Klamath Falls to take on the West Coast League's Klamath Falls Gems, and then on to Redding and the Colt .45s
  • July 30: The first-ever Far West League All-Star Team will take on the Gold Sox in Marysville
  • August 2-4: Far West League Tournament at the Arcata Ball Park

Hope to see you out at the park!

Give the Gift of Baseball!

What? You missed our little party at Arts! Arcata last week, and you think you're out of luck getting 2013 season passes in time for Christmas? WRONG!

The 2013 passes are hot off the presses and available at many local outlets, including most Ray's Food Place stores, Wildberries, Big Pete's Pizza, Solo Sports (note their new location), Mr. Fish, and the Eureka and Arcata chambers of commerce.

Check out our ticket information page for details and outlet addresses. Happy holidays!

Catch the Crabs at Arts! Arcata

ARCATA (Dec. 10) — The Crabs are getting into the holiday spirit, and we hope you'll come out to Arts! Arcata this Friday to join us! We'll be set up in front of the Arcata Main Street Office in the Jacoby Storehouse from 6-9 p.m., and we'll have something for just about everyone.

Headlining the bill are three fan favorites, Spencer Duggan, Jeff Giacomini and Brad Morgan, who will be on hand to sign autographs. Crusty will be there as well, posing for photos with fans. And what would a holiday gathering be without the World Famous Crab Grass Band?

We'll also be selling 2013 season passes and gift certificates for individual game tickets and 10-strips, along with a limited supply of gear like hats — all of which would sure make a child (or a dad, or a mom) light up on Christmas morning.

Hope you come out to join the party!

Coming Back, Giving Back

Jack Fimple, who played for both the Crabs and the Humboldt State baseball team in the late 1970s en route to the Major Leagues, was back in Arcata recently, and took the time to put on a catching clinic for about 50 local Little Leaguers at manager Matt Nutter's Solo Sports shop in Arcata.

Fimple was in town because his son — following in Dad's footsteps — was enlisting in the Coast Guard.

"I was talking with the recruiters, and they knew that I'd played at Humboldt State and also with the Crabs, and word spread, and they asked me if I'd do a little talk or something," said Fimple. "Then the next e-mail came and it said, 'How about a catcher's clinic,' so I said sure."

Fimple doesn't make a career out of baseball clinics, but jumps at any chance to grow the game.

"I do whatever I can to promote the game and teach this age of kids, because this is really where the game is taught," he said.

So as twilight set in, after spending some time answering questions, Fimple and the kids turned Solo's parking lot into a makeshift diamond, and he demonstrated some of the techniques that helped him in is career, such as the quick transition from receiving the pitch to throwing out a would-be base stealer at second.

Fimple didn't grow up in Humboldt, but was stationed here with the Coast Guard when he was a young man. He heard about the Crabs, decided to try out, and made the team, playing mostly third base and designated hitter. And that led to his playing for HSU as well.

"I think I hit like .350, it was just a blast, a lot of fun," he said. "And it happened that one of the coaches was a Humboldt State coach, so he asked me to come out to play at Humboldt State. We worked it all out, with the Coast Guard and with school, being able to play and all that, and this little snowball started rolling down the hill, and had some good games, in front of some good people, and next thing you know…"

Next thing he knew, he was playing in the show. He was drafted by the Indians in 1983, and played three years with the Dodgers and one with the Angels.

From the Crabs to the Marlins

In many ways — geography, culture, choice of color palettes — Arcata and Miami, are worlds apart. But now they have one big thing in common. Former Crab Mike Redmond, a catcher who was a battery mate of current Crabs manager Matt Nutter in the mid-1990s and went on to spend more then a decade in the major leagues, has been named the new manager of the Miami Marlins.

Over the course of Redmond's 12-year MLB career, he played for the Marlins — earning a World Series Championship ring in 2003 — as well as the Twins and the Indians. He retired after the 2010 season as a career .287 hitter with 13 home runs and 243 RBI in 764 games.

After retiring as a player, Redmond had been a minor league manager in the Toronto Blue Jays system, and was hired by the Marlins to try to turn the page after the team and city's relationship with the fiery and controversial Ozzie Guillen went bad quickly. The Marlins have a lot of talent and a large hispanic fan base, but the 2012 season was a disaster both on and off the field for Guillen, leading to his dismissal after just one season.

Redmond beat out three candidates with impressive resumes for the job — former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. The Crabs congratulate Mike on his new job and wish him the best!

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