SALT LAKE CITY — When asked what was new for fans at Spring Mobile Ballpark this season, Salt Lake Bees Vice President/General Manager Marc Amicone had a quick reply — or a wish, as it turned out.
"I was going to say no rain or snow," he joked.
Scattered thunderstorms, however, are in the forecast Friday night for the Bees' home opener against the Tucson Padres. Game time is 6:35 p.m. It'll be the franchise's 19th season in Salt Lake City since relocating from Portland, Ore.
As always, Amicone acknowledged there's something special about the home opener. It's always exciting and fun, he said.
And that's not all.
"You also get a little stressed and tense because of the weather. You're not quite sure what the weather is going to be like this time of year," Amicone noted. "But we're looking forward to it."
Postgame fireworks are scheduled for the opener. Left-hander Brad Mills is slated to be Salt Lake's starting pitcher. He's 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA after helping the Bees defeat Tacoma on April 8. They opened the season with eight games on the road.
Early standouts include center fielder Mike Trout, first baseman Jorge Cantu, right fielder Kole Calhoun and catcher Hank Conger. Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Trevor Bell and Mills are among the pitchers off to good starts.
Salt Lake's opening homestand includes games over eight consecutive days. After facing Tucson four times, the Bees host a series with the Las Vegas 51s (Toronto Blue Jays).
2012 Salt Lake Bees home schedule
APRIL: 13-16 — TUCSON; 17-20 — LAS VEGAS; 26-29 — RENO.
MAY: 8-11 — ROUND ROCK; 12-15 — ALBUQUERQUE; 25-28 — LAS VEGAS; 29-31 — COLORADO SPRINGS.
JUNE: 1 — COLORADO SPRINGS; 11-13 — TACOMA; 14-17 — FRESNO; 23-26 — RENO.
JULY: 4-8 — TACOMA; 20-23 — FRESNO; 24-27 — SACRAMENTO.
AUGUST: 1-4 — NEW ORLEANS; 5-8 — OKLAHOMA CITY; 18-21 — COLORADO SPRINGS; 27-30 — TUCSON; 31 — SACRAMENTO.
SEPTEMBER: 1-3 — SACRAMENTO.