My weekends in the off-season…two adorable nieces
Most people think that baseball front office staff lock the gates at the end of the season, and unlock them right before opening day. If they only could, but if they did, the product wouldn’t be the same. My situation is a lot different from my co-workers. I’m a seasonal employee with the Sea Dogs, but I’m very busy in the off-season with a variety of freelancing jobs. After the 2011 season ended, I was very fortunate to be offered a slot as a talkshow host every Saturday morning (8-12 PM) on 96.3 FM in Portland, Maine. My new gig also includes: filling-in during the morning and afternoon shows, play-by-play for high school football, producing Celtics Basketball and the studio host for Maine Red Claws basketball. This has been the best off-season job I’ve ever had.
My second freelance gig is providing play-by-play for the University of New England basketball and hockey. I love covering college sports, because it’s all about winning. Don’t get me wrong, the Sea Dogs are trying to win every game, but minor league sports is about developing. The intensity and competition of college sports is so exciting as a broadcaster and a fan.
As the truck left Fenway on Saturday, I’m beginning to plan for the 2012 season. My assistant Dan Acheson started in the office last week, and will be a vital part of the broadcast for next season.
The start of the season is near, and I have purchased my scorebook. That makes the season feel closer.
I’ve also had the pleasure of calling a few UMASS-Lowell games. In Division II and III basketball, they play doubleheaders with the women’s game first followed by the men’s. There’s usually a 1/2 break in between games.
In closing, I had to put a picture of two very important people in my life – my two nieces. It’s pretty amazing how two people, no older than the wind pants I’m wearing, have had such an impact on my life. Now I understand what people mean when they say “kids will change you.” I don’t have any of my own, but my nieces have had a huge impact on me.