Fans pack Joe Davis Stadium for likely fireworks’ finale

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Baseball and the Fourth of July are about as American as you can get.

“What gets better than baseball as far as America’s pastime,” said Jeremy Eslick.

Fans filed through the turnstile to catch some action on the diamond, as well as the possible final fireworks show at Joe Davis Stadium.

Whether they were dressed for America of the Stars, the Joe saw its biggest crowd of the season, Friday, with more than 6,600 at the game.

“The only time I’ve ever seen it this crowded is when the Oakland A’s and the Huntsville Stars had an exhibition game and I watched Mark McGwire hit homeruns that were climbing as they went over that scoreboard,” said Eslick. “It was awesome.”

“This is the biggest crowd I’ve seen since the first year that the team was here,” said Truman Maybee. “If you do the right things, you get people out here.”

With the Stars’ impending move from Huntsville to Biloxi, Joe Davis Stadium will be empty next year.

Without a team, officials are unsure if they will hold the annual Fourth of July show in 2015.

The finale also brought up memories of other great moments at the Joe, both big and small.

“When McGwire was here, my dad caught a foul ball and I got it,” said Eslick.

The Stars capped off the memorable night at the Joe by beating the Generals, 4-3.

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