The first award presented was the 2005 “Good Guy Award,” which was given to an individual who has shown a commitment of representing the Diamond Jaxx in a positive manner and playing an active role in the community. The 2005 Good Guy Award went to third baseman, Casey McGehee. Casey has made several appearances in the community, such as reading to kindergartners at McKenzie Elementary, signing autographs for kids at AdvantEdge Sports in Jackson, and speaking to kids at a football camp at Jackson Christian School about how to believe in themselves and be successful in life, as well as in sports. Casey also makes an effort to get to know the people in the stands, stopping often to sign autographs and say hello to the fans along the left field line before and after games.
The 2005 Diamond Jaxx Pitcher of the Year Award went to Ricky Nolasco, one of the most dominating starters in the Southern League this season. This right-hander set a new Diamond Jaxx record for most wins in a season with fourteen, breaking the old record of twelve set by Brian McNichol during the 1998 season. His fourteen wins also tied him for the most wins in the Southern League. He also led the Southern League in strikeouts this season as he punched out 173 batters. He was recently named the best right-handed starter as well as the best pitcher in the Southern League and is a two time BC Powder Pitcher of the Week Award winner. This is the second consecutive year that a Diamond Jaxx Pitcher has won the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher Award.
The 2005 Most Valuable Player award went to the most consistent all-around player, Ryan Theriot. Theriot led the team in hitting with a .304 average and became just the third player in the Diamond Jaxx history, along with Micah Hoffpauir and Richard Lewis, to hit .300 or better in the club’s eight year history. He played outstanding defense whether it was playing second, shortstop, or third base.
The West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx are the Class-AA Southern League Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Diamond Jaxx play in the 6,000 seat Pringles Park, built in 1998, located just off exit 85 from I-40 in Jackson, TN.