Baby Cakes ready for new chapter in WichitaPosted: Updated:
The Baby Cakes only have a few games left in New Orleans before they make the move to Wichita. KAKE Sports is in the Big Easy to get a sense of how the team is feeling as they get ready for that big change.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing what Wichita has to offer,” said Keith Johnson who is in his first year managing the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
"I'm excited," said Baby Cakes outfielder/first baseman Austin Dean. "I hope everybody there is excited for it."
"I heard Wichita is going to be beautiful," said Baby Cakes pitcher Kyle Keller.
"I played in the Texas League back in the day in the mid-90's," said Johnson. "So I know how much of a baseball town Wichita is.”
A glance around the Shrine on Airline and it's obvious how New Orleans feels about the Baby Cakes-there are full sections without a single fan.
"We don't really get a lot of fans here and it's kind of unfortunate because New Orleans is such a good city," said Dean. "You'd think we be sold out every night."
That's why the team says it's better for everyone involved to get a fresh start in Wichita.
"Obvisously the fan support is huge. You know what I mean. If you have fans that are going to come out and support the ball club it always makes it a lot easier for the players," said Johnson.
While there's a lot to look forward to once the Baby Cakes move to the Sunflower State, it's bittersweet for Kyle Keller who is a New Orleans native.
"It's obviously disappointing," said Keller. "I think having baseball in the city has been important for how many years it's been around."
Despite no longer being able to play in his hometown, Keller is grateful for the experience.
"It's just been pretty special you know. My family and friends get to be pretty close at all times. Come out to games whenever they want.," said Keller. "It's been awesome."