After nearly two months and seven home stands with the Trenton Thunder, I have had the pleasure to work with some interesting game day staff. Baseball is the great equalizer, no matter what your background, the love of the game is paramount.
Such is the case of two staffers who I have had the opportunity to work with. One of these staffers is Bob, who is a Mayor; the other is Frank who is a Judge. Both serve as elected officials in the historic town of Bristol, Pennsylvania. Regardless of their vast responsibilities, they find time to work in the game they love. Just as many other part-time staff at the Thunder, which includes: teachers, government employees, law enforcement personnel, public utility workers, the list goes on and on.
There are also those part-time Thunder employees who have had some interesting accomplishments. One is Mike, usher and fellow blogger, whose goal is to see all the professional ballparks in America. To date he has visited 162 ballparks. He still has 105 ballparks to go, which he hopes he will be able to complete in the next seven years. Quite a feat! Read more about Mike in the Trenton Makes Blog – https://trentonmakesblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/guest-blogger-mike-7th-inning-stretch-nolan/ .
Then there is Jim, head usher, who for the past five years has volunteered his services one weekend out the year to the Gettysburg National Military Park to help restore the historic setting of the battlefield from 1863. Jim along with other volunteers performs field maintenance and labor, which include: clearing brush, fence restoration, plantings, repairing and maintaining trails.
Another part-time staffer, Bob, has made an interesting literary contribution. Bob, who is an usher with the Thunder, had a letter recently published in May’s issue of Yankees Magazine, under the heading “Jersey Fresh.” In the letter Bob describes how he is a lifelong Yankees fan and how excited he was, as a Trenton area resident, when the Thunder became the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees in 2003. He also describes in the letter about the players who he and his family have had the pleasure of watching over the years, such as, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Since the letter was published, some of us at the Thunder now address Bob as simply “Jersey Fresh!”
As the season unfolds I will continue to report my first year observations on Thunder happenings, as well as, fan, player and staff profiles.