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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans

You haven't seen baseball until you've experienced "Baseball at the Beach," the motto for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor-league franchise.

Playing their home games at 5,000-seat TicketReturn.com Stadium across from Broadway at the Beach, the Pelicans provide good family entertainment that is as much about the show as it is the ballgame. Fans of the Great American Pastime and first-time visitors will enjoy the between-inning antics as much as the game itself.

Moving to Myrtle Beach in 1999 as the former Durham Bulls of best-selling book and movie fame, the Pelicans have built a strong following among locals and tourists alike. Thousands flock each night to "The Roost," as the ballpark has been nicknamed, to catch a ballgame and laugh at the wild stunts and wacky promotions each night.

Originally a farm team of the Atlanta Braves, the Pelicans are now the Advanced Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Both parent clubs have former Pelicans on their big-league roster, making the odds of seeing a rising star in action pretty high. But regardless of the action on the diamond, it's always a fun time at the ballpark.

Watch as the team's mascots - plash the Pelican, Deuce the Home Run Dog, and the Rally Shark - interact with the crowd and perform between-inning skits. Laugh along as fans are chosen from the stands to sumo wrestler in inflatable suits or race in crab costumes. Check out the Jumbotron for candid shots of the crowd and other clips.

Regular promotions include the popular Wiener Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday, when hot dogs and draft bars are only a buck. The Pelicans hold 19 free fireworks shows after their games and also welcome in various touring acts, like the Phillie Fanatic and Cowboy Monkey Rodeo. The sideshow is often as entertaining as the game.

For ticket information, call 843-918-6000 or visit the website at http://www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com

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