Category: Cal Ripken

These posts combine my love for baseball with the effort of one of the game’s most respected players because of his effort and perseverance. Many of these posts involve promises I’ve made and changes in my approach, since Cal was famous for switching his batting stance so often in an attempt to improve at the plate. It’s also an occasional salute to other people who embody the “grinder” attitude in work or life.

Winning AFTER a Trip to Mohegan

Every time I go to a Mohegan Sun Casino, something significant happens in my career. My first trip to a casino outside Las Vegas (which I only went to for the MLB Winter Meetings & Job Fair) was to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. It was August of 2010, and I was on a road trip

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My Meeting at HubSpot’s Locker…

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a love letter to HubSpot, a marketing software company based in Cambridge. I’ve been admiring their marketing advice and company personality for a few years now. In typical 12-year old fashion, I asked people to “pass” my note to HubSpot to let them know how I felt. Luckily,

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The Most Arrogant Thing I’ve Ever Done

If you know me personally, you realize that I don’t toot my own horn very often (unless it’s a self-deprecating clown horn). If I do, there’s typically a pretty good reason beyond my actions. I’d like to think that this post follows those rules. I’m starting a new series of blog posts that anyone surfing

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The Last Connection to a Passed Friend

One of my favorite ballparks to visit in the New York-Penn League is the one in Brooklyn, where the Cyclones play. To the right of the stadium is the Atlantic Ocean, the boardwalk is behind the outfield walls, and there’s a fantastic candy shop right down the street (plus the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs

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From Minor League Sports to a Major Juggling Act: Part 2

Monday, August 22. That was my last day off. It wasn’t even the final day off the Worcester Tornadoes had this past season, but I have had to do at least some work for one (or more) of my jobs on every single day since. Yes, that includes Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving and my birthday (for

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From Minor League Sports to a Major Juggling Act

Whether you work for one team full-time, a couple (or few) teams part-time, or have a “pedestrian” job and a (or a couple) gig on the side, there are many different ways you can get involved in the sports broadcasting world. Within every league I’ve observed, there’s at least a little variance in the career

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From Minor League Baseball to a Minor Disappointment..Again

Exactly three weeks have passed since the last scheduled 2011 Worcester Tornadoes Regular Season Game. It was supposed to be a happy moment, perhaps offering some closure after an up-and-down summer on the diamond. Unfortunately, the Tornadoes never got the chance to end on a high note, and that rung especially true for Chris Colabello.

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From Minor League Baseball to a Major Ode

It had been a long three months for the Phoenix resident, a starting pitcher with a funkier delivery than most other CanAm League Hurlers. The Tornadoes were all but eliminated from the playoffs in early September when the 10-year vet uttered, “I can’t wait to hold my daughter.” Ryan Bicondoa came to Worcester as a

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From Minor League Baseball to a Major League Call-Up

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working with a former Major League Broadcaster. He called games for one team for more than thirty years. The only thing that prevented him from staying in the bigs longer was the relocation of his team. Fast forward a few years, travel a few hours from Le Stade

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From Minor League Baseball to Major Props: Part 2

I’m not one to talk trash or complain, but I also like to think I’m not a bore either. Some of the office/press box chatter among broadcasters, writers and other media members inevitably comes down to food and other free services. Like anyone else, good food makes people happy. On the other hand though, if

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