Okay, okay, I know its been forever since I typed one of these. One of my resolutions this year is to be current with my blog. I’m anticipating this to be the case because I have hired an assistant for the 2010 season.
Matt Tymann has joined the Sens, along with seven other interns, and is assisting me with writing press releases and will be joining me on the air during home games this season. I am thrilled that our fans will have a second voice to listen to this year besides me just droning on and on. I, for one, believe that baseball on the radio is meant for two voices. And as games become longer and longer, it’s just that much more important to have a second voice.
We’re in our new administration building. If the new ballpark comes out as nicely as our offices, then WOW, everyone will be delighted! There is actually room for all 25 of us that have offices or cubicles in the office. Pretty amazing!
Speaking of the new ballpark, it is coming right along. And I can tell you, it IS going to be amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The project is on schedule which is a good thing. If you are in the Harrisburg area do yourself a favor and come on over to take a look. Even though the website is updated frequently with pictures, they just don’t do justice to the size of the structure.
As for the baseball side of things, I’m excited about the 2010 season. While I don’t know the exact players yet, it is VERY exciting to speculate on whether a particular player is going to appear in a Sens uniform. That player is the 2009 Washington Nationals number one draft choice and the overall number one draft choice Stephen Strasburg. Time will tell whether he is on the roster, but I do know we’ll have plenty of players worth watching including a few prospects.
The Sens have a new manager for the first time in three seasons this year as Randy Knorr takes over from John Stearns. Randy was the bullpen coach for the Nationals last year and managed for the Nats in Potomac two years ago, leading the P-Nats to the 2008 Carolina League Championship. Randy also has two other Championship rings, earning them while a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993. I have spoken with Randy several times on the phone and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to work with him all season long. Troy Gingrich, Randy Tomlin and Atsushi Toriida round out the 2010 staff, all returning from last season.
The Sens staff has several new full-time people with the two newest joining us last Monday (January 4th). David Simpson is the new box office manager, and yes Virginia, there IS a real box office this season. David has an interesting background that includes being a bat boy for the Cleveland Indians for parts of five seasons.
Ann Marie Naumes has been hired to put together our new merchandise store. She comes to us from the Cleveland Indians, where she worked in their retail stores for the past few years. She is a huge Baltimore Orioles fan. (Booo)
For now, that’s it. Stay tuned as I will be updating the blog frequently.