Getting Ready for the Season
By Ben Altsher
It’s just two days until game time and I can’t wait. For someone like me who’s been craving to get his first full season in baseball, it’s a mix of nervousness, excitement and curiosity.
I’m nervous about making sure I have every little thing covered because even though I’m only an assistant, I feel like I’m responsible for a lot of the little things that will only be noticed if they’re not there (you can thank me for those photo cards you’ll get). I’m excited that I finally get to start going on air and relaying all the information to our great listening audience. I think these last two months have been the longest I’ve gone off air since I left college. Plus, I’m also curious as to what experiences I have left this summer. I’ve learned a lot these first two months and, like I told Mike back in January, I want the whole experience, good, bad and everything in between.
If you didn’t catch it, our roster came out over the weekend. A lot of the fans will already recognize some of the familiar faces who played here last year. For someone like me who only followed from afar as a Red Sox fan looking to see what was on the horizon, I’m excited about the relative youth of the club. At 25, it’s stunning how some of these players can make me feel old. One of our top prospects, Stolmy Pimentel, just turned 21 two months ago!
The team also got here over the weekend and I’m looking forward to meeting them tomorrow. One of the most fascinating aspects of this particular job, to me, is the relationship with the players. We try to relate their stories and their accomplishments, and sometimes it’s easy to forget that they’re just real people trying to make a living at what they love to do, same as me, Mike and everyone else around the team. I know that Mike has connected with some of the guys over the years, and I hope to do the same, not for the perks of “knowing a professional athlete”, but the joy of being able to watch someone work hard at their craft and experience the success everyone wants for them.
Last week, I thought it would be a good idea to hear some stories from the fans. I was looking for great moments at Hadlock Field, or any interest baseball stories. We have a few:
Andrew says: A good memory not to do with the actual game i had was when the attendance was 5555.
Shelia and Tony: Going to see David Ortiz play was a thrill of a lifetime.
Hi There ,
My wife and I some seven years ago went to see the Red Sox at Fenway. We were expecting a baby and was truly excited to be at the game, what fun we had ,a memorable day it was. We wanted a sovenier and decided on an engraved bat…we put our family name, first names and of course baby Daniels, still kicking inside Mom. To this day, we have a blast about this bat, because even though the engaving and layout is perfect, baby Daniels turned into two babies…we had Twins 3 months later. WOW ! Explaining this “BAT “to our seven years old twins today is still a Joy, because really what do we know , Fenway magic had done us in yet again. This Fenway Gem is Priceless …we really hit it out of the park ! As far as the Kids are concerned , we stuck out swinging bigtime!
Lester and Lisa Daniels
8-year old Elizabeth says – I love Slugger, he came to my school last season.
I wanted to try something new for opening day. Tell me your favorite opening day, or favorite baseball story and I will post it on my blog.