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Important fiscal year for the Quincy Gems



The Quincy Gems are having a winning season on the field, but are the dollars adding up to keep this team playing again next year? After the 2012 season, the Gems lost 23 thousand dollars, and officials say that can't happen again. 


Batter up! the Gems took on Terre Haute on a fairly comfortable Tuesday evening - and in a seat along left field, Jedidiah Johnson was enjoying the game.

"I try to come to one every couple of weeks, once a week, something like that," he said. 

Gems general manager Rob Ebbing says - despite loyal fans like Johnson -the ball club has dealt with financial losses the last few years, which means there's a lot riding on this season.
He says it's been a slow start - four rain outs in the first ten games haven't helped - but he says, there's a bright side. 

"When we've had some sunshine days out at the ballpark we've seen great crowds out there this year, above where we were a year ago or a couple of years ago on those given nights," he said.

Ebbing says the club is doing a few things differently to cut costs.

"we actually went with a cheaper bat, but I actually think it's a better bat because the guys are really liking them - and we've taken over the food concessions this year, so that should open up another revenue stream for us," he said.

The Quincy Civic Center Board oversees the Gems, and with the season just one-third of the way through, Ebbing says there's been no decision made about the future.

" I don't think it's a question of whether the Gems will be back next year - it's just going to be a matter of what is the future of the next several years. I don't think we'll just shut down and not come back next year, the franchise is too valuable, there's been too much time that's been put into it." 

Johnson says he wants the Gems to keep playing ball.  

"It's a good thing for the town and I really enjoy it."
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