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Blue Wahoos honor Blue Angels, then soar with big win

Deck McGuire wore his red, white and Blue USA socks, the ones he always wears for good luck when pitching. Monday night, it carried greater meaning. McGuire and the Blue Wahoos hosted the Blue Angels, complete with the pilots and their flight crew forming a greeting tunnel for introductions. “It was a really cool thing to be a part of,” he said. So was the lift McGuire provided his teammates, throwing a one hitter with nine strikeouts in seven innings as the Blue Wahoos beat the Mississippi Braves 8-1 and put themselves on the doorstep to sealing the first-half of the Southern League division crown. “That is what makes the game fun, right?” said McGuire, a former first round draft pick (2010, Toronto Blue Jays) out of Georgia Tech. “Going out and challenging guys. It was a fun game to be a part of.” It was a fun night for the Blue Angels and Blue Wahoos, who have connected since the baseball team’s arrival six years ago, to share together. Blue Angels pilots spent time in the locker room with the Blue Wahoos before the game, then were part of various events on the field prior to the first pitch. [...]

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