Welcome back to minor league baseball, Carlos Correa.
Where wacky promotions are often part of the norm.
The Houston Astros star returned to Triple-A on Thursday for the first time since he graduated from the minors in 2015 and quickly was reminded what minor league baseball is more so about upon wearing an Oreo-themed uniform.
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Minor league baseball, after all, is often more so about having fun and enjoying a unique experience, with winning a secondary factor.
Of course, the Grizzlies have gotten pretty good at satisfying both the fun and the winning aspect over the past few years while operating as the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.
The Grizzlies trounced the Tacoma Rainiers 10-1 before an announced crowd of 7,904 at Chukchansi Park.
And Correa, who is rehabbing back from a thumb injury that’s sidelined him for five weeks, batted 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Correa is tentatively scheduled to play through the four-game series, which concludes Sunday.
But Thursday was the only time Correa could be spotted wearing the Grizzlies’ Oreo-theme jerseys.
The Grizzlies will go back to wearing their normal uniforms for the remainder of the series, consisting of the final three regular-season games at Chukchansi Park this year.
But there will be something different about the Grizzlies come Friday.
American League All Star pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. of the Astros is set to start for the Grizzlies as he begins his own rehab assignment.
Carlos Correa returns to Fresno
FRESNO GRIZZLIES VS. TACOMA RAINIERS
- First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Chukchansi Park.
- Records: Grizzlies (72-59), Rainiers (64-67)
- Major League rehab stints: All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa and All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers of the Houston Astros both will play for the Fresno Grizzlies this series, which is the final homestand of the regular season.
- Promotions: Friday will be Christian Fellowship Night, which will include a live concert by recording artist David Dunn after the game. There also will be a fireworks show Friday.
- Tickets sale: The Grizzlies have reduced certain tickets with Friday’s game at $3, $2 on Saturday and $1 on Sunday (while supplies last).