Saturday October 10th, 2015 3:01AM

Possibilities abound for G-Braves

By Judson Hickinbotham
To say the least, I'm pretty excited.

Remember when you were a kid, and it was about three days before Christmas? That's about how excited I am about the upcoming Gwinnett Braves season.

If you didn't know, Tony Schiavone and I will broadcast all of the G-Braves games on WDUN Newstalk 550 for this season.

We will both handle play-by-play duties for home games, and Tony will hit the road with the team while I stay back and cook hot dogs and hamburgers for the next homestand. (Just kidding, although it could be a good way for me to pick up some extra money)

I've never broadcast minor league baseball before, but I'm ready for it. And I'm even more ready after seeing the ballpark last week.

G-Braves officials were nice enough to give us a sneak peek at the ballpark, which is on Buford Drive, about a mile from the Mall of Georgia.

The ballpark is about 75 percent completed, with most of the cement having been poured. And even though many parts of the ballpark are still being constructed, I could see the future of the area in my mind.

They were like unopened presents under the tree.

We toured the press box where we'll be calling the games. There weren't any walls up in the box yet, but I could definitely picture how it would look.

The sod hadn't been laid on the field, but in my mind, the outfield was already green and plush.

Concessions had yet to be added to the lower level, and some seats had yet to be installed, but I could already smell the popcorn and hear the crowds.

It's amazing what a little imagination can do for one's excitement level.

Anyone that says Christmas is 11 months away is crazy... For baseball fans in our area, it's right around the corner.

NOTE: The Gwinnett Braves are a Class AAA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The G-Braves open their inaugural season in Gwinnett at 7 p.m., April 17 against the Norfolk Tides. The team relocated from Richmond, Va., after last season.

-- Judd Hickinbotham works for WDUN AM-550/Jacobs Media and is a contributor for Access North Georgia sports.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Girls basketball: Chestatee takes McDonald's Shootout title
Chestatee outscored East Hall 13-4 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 48-45 win Wednesday and capture the McDonald's Shootout title.
12:25PM ( 5 years ago )
Hawks fall to Cavs again, Woodson filing protest with league
Anderson Varejao made his first career 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left, a 25th birthday present to teammate LeBron James, to give Cleveland a 106-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers' 11th victory in 12 games.
10:46AM ( 5 years ago )
Boys basketball: Falcons finished sixth at North Gwinnett tourne
Flowery Branch finished sixth in the rugged Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett after falling to Spartanburg (S.C.) 50-37 Wednesday.
8:21AM ( 5 years ago )
Falcons sign former Ravens kicker Hauschka
The Atlanta Falcons may be forced to make another change at place-kicker for their final game of the season at Tampa Bay.
8:53AM ( 5 years ago )
Ryan hoping Falcons break embarrassing streak
Matt Ryan doesn't consider himself an expert on Atlanta Falcons history. The 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year understands, however, that part of his job description is serving occasionally as a team spokesman.
8:02AM ( 5 years ago )
Thrashers fall to Devils
Zach Parise finally broke out Monday night, getting two goals to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.
7:52PM ( 5 years ago )
Professional Sports
WEEK 7: Region title, playoff races take shape after big night
The state playoff picture began to take a little better shape after some key matchups Friday night.
By AccessWDUN Staff
9:16AM ( 6 hours from now )
Brown, Lanier defense spark Longhorns to tough win over GHS
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller told his team it’s going to hurt for a couple days. Then, he expects them to forget all about it.
8:59AM ( 5 hours from now )
VIDEO: Dawson County offense outguns Franklin County to take control of 7-AAA
A note to the rest of Region 7-AAA: Have fun trying to stop the Dawson County offense...
8:58AM ( 5 hours from now )
VIDEO: Vikings deal West Hall 4th straight loss in key 7-AAA showdown
Austin Parker threw for a pair of touchdowns and Markese Jackson scored twice to lead East Hall to a 24-7 win over West Hall Friday in a key Region 7-AAA matchup at East Hall Stadium
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:57AM ( 5 hours from now )
Buford pulls away in the second half for win over North Hall
North Hall battled Buford for every inch in the first half on Friday in Gainesville...
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:54AM ( 5 hours from now )