View From The Booth

It was a big day in Rainiers radio world today – I had my first walk-through inside the new Cheney Stadium press and suite levels. It is really impressive – the new Summit Club is going to be spectacular.

I will have a full “photo-blog” – complete with bad pictures and not-so-witty commentary – on Monday.

But, for me, the chance to stand in the space that will soon be my new radio booth today was a real treat. It’s going to be much larger than before – two people will actually fit comfortably inside! There will be room for bookshelves, which is awesome, and plenty of counter-space. Also, the floorboards won’t be warped and rotten, and the walls won’t be coated in mold, the ceiling won’t leak, and it won’t shake dangerously every time the breeze increases.

The location is slightly different – a tad bit towards the third base side, lower to the ground, and few feet further back than the old position.

Here is the view from my new booth:

Hey buddy - move that scaffolding! Can't you see I'm broadcasting here?

More pictures are coming on Monday afternoon. Some baseball tidbits:

  • The Seattle Mariners website has a cool video-interview with Rainiers starting pitcher Blake Beavan. You read it here first: Beavan is an excellent bet to get the ball in the Rainiers season-opener on April 7 in Sacramento.
  • Sad news out of Fresno: former major league all-star Gus Zernial passed away yesterday at age 87. Zernial led the AL in home runs and RBI in 1951. A Texas native, Zernial settled in Clovis, CA and was a fixture at the ballpark in Fresno in recent years – even serving as a public ambassador for the Grizzlies.
  • Here’s an entertaining story on the Kansas City Royals scout who covers the nation of Columbia. An adventurous job, for sure.
  • Over at Lookout Landing, Jeff Sullivan walked down memory lane to recall the Ron Wright story.
  • Texas Rangers senior vice president Jay Miller was elected into the New Orleans Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Miller left a big imprint on the PCL: most recently as the head of the Round Rock Express, but prior to that Miller oversaw the construction of Zephyr Field in New Orleans.
  • Congratulations to my long-time pal Doug Scopel, who was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Nashville Sounds. Way to go, Scopes – I remember when your title was World’s Tallest Intern.

Have a great weekend!


2 Responses to View From The Booth

  1. Jessee says:

    Thanks for the link to the scout story. I love reading about the nomadic life of a scout.

  2. Scopes says:

    Thanks for the blog love, Mike. I’m just glad you gave a lanky kid a chance 12 years ago!

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