Expectations are high for the Charros de Jalisco after the Guadalajara-based ball club recorded a win in their home opener to the 2017-18 season of the winter Mexican Pacific League (LMP).
An enthusiastic full house at the Charros Stadium in Zapopan saw Tapatio boxing legend Saul “Canelo” Alvarez throw out the first pitch before the local ball club squeezed out a 7-6 win over the Venados de Mazatlan.
The team was given a pep talk by Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval – a huge baseball fan – prior to the game.
Thursday evening’s victory followed on the heels of a tight 5-4 triumph in the Charros’ season opener on the road in Mazatlan a day earlier.
The promising 2-0 start to the season sets up a three-game home series against the Yaquis de Obregon this weekend. Tickets are likely to be at a premium, since online sales prior to the opener were only offered as a four-game package.
The pressure on the Charros to be in contention for the title is fierce, given that the winner of this year’s LMP will represent Mexico in the Series de Caribe, which will be held at the Charros Stadium in Zapopan next March.
The Charros have hired six foreign ball players – including some ferocious big hitters – in a major off-season effort to wipe away the memories of last term, when the team finished rock bottom of the eight-club league.