Saturday, September 13, 2008

Jackets are Champs

What a way to finish up the season, with the GreenJackets winning a South Atlantic League Championship. This was a special team, full of a lot of young talent. They came together in what was for most of them their first full season of professional baseball.

I had a lot of fun this season and the memories will last for a long time. Great job everyone! To everyone on the team, the players, the coaches, the staff. You did it. You will go down in the South Atlantic League history book as one of the best teams, finishing with a record of 93-50, 43 games over the .500 mark.

It is always a wierd feeling for me when the season is over because I go from working 18 hour days to nothing. I all of a sudden get to sleep in, I don't have to work at nights and I don't have to talk as much. For at least a week I am very stir crazy not knowing what to do. It's especially wierd feeling for me this time around because I am out of a job after broadcasting one of the most amazing baseball seasons capped off with a Championship.

For the past two years I have seen and broadcasted every single inning of baseball for the Augusta GreenJackets, all 280 games plus the playoffs.

Now the time comes for me to begin my search for a new job. I hope a team is out there that is willing to take me on board.

Anyone out there looking to hire an out of work broadcaster that just called a Championship season for the Giants Single-A team?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Playoff Baseball...I live for this

Playoff baseball, nothing better. The GreenJackets have made the postseason for a third straight year and once again have the highest winning percentage among all full season teams. Also, for a second straight year the pitching staff has the lowest ERA in all of Minor League Baseball.

I am saying it now, but in two or three years, the San Francisco Giants are going to be stacked with good young arms that can flat out pitch. On top of that, the position players coming up are young, fast and exciting to watch. Keep an eye out. Tim Lincecum was just the first of many good young talented guys coming up.

Playoff baseball though, there is just something about it that is exciting. The air, the atmosphere, the level of play. It is all just enhanced. The crowd is much more into it and all the hard work done through out the year comes to one culminating moment in time.

I have been fortunate enough to be part of playoff baseball the last three years, one in Wilmington and the last two here in Augusta. I can’t wait to see how far this team goes in Augusta. They are the best I have ever broadcasted for.

I was out there tonight with them and they are just really loose and having fun still. Everyone is joking with each other and the guys just seem to know that the season isn’t over yet, they still have to win four more games, then they can go home. Because with four more wins, they are the South Atlantic League Champions.