The Summer of 2013 is drawing to a close. School is set to begin, and temperatures over the past few days have felt more like Autumn than Summer. I thought it would be a great time to reminisce a little about what, in my opinion, was the fastest summer ever.
Anyone who knows me, also knows my "Little Brother" Dalton. He and I were hanging out on Friday making sure he had everything he needed to go back to school, including haircuts, when I asked him the question, "Of all the things you did this summer, what was your favorite?" His answer surprised me a little. It wasn't going to the beach, or going to see the Orioles or even seeing Kid Rock in concert. My little brother's summer highlight was working with me on the Waynesboro Generals broadcasts.
Back in late winter, Chris Graham asked me if I would be interested in doing Play-By-Play for the Waynesboro Generals Internet broadcasts. Although I really wanted to,
I said no, realizing that I have a pretty packed schedule as it was. After a few conversations, Chris suggested that I bring along
tipping point, I accepted that position, Dalton
Having never done play-by-play before, I was a basket case the night of the first game against the Staunton Braves, but as the season rolled along, we got much more comfortable and had so much fun spending the summer at Linco Park at Kate Collins Field In Waynesboro. As everyone knows, the Generals won the Jim Lineweaver Cup signifying the Valley League Championship, which was so exciting, but that is only one of the things that will stand out in my memory of this summer. Dalton amazed me at how well he did and how much he learned in the broadcast booth. He would say, "Wow, that was a nice curve ball!" or "He was out front of that one a little bit!" He became an expert on keeping score and could recognize the players on the field even without seeing their numbers on their jerseys.
Even though we were newcomers at the park, everyone associated with the Generals treated us like we were somebody special. David Gauldin always was so friendly, kind and nice to us, and kept the BBQ coming. Long-time owner Jim Critzer always had a kind word, and told us a number of times that we had the greatest broadcasts in the league. Brian, Richard, and Tyler in the press box were always so helpful in getting lineups and especially helpful the night I filled in as PA announcer. Head Coach Mike Bocock and his entire coaching staff always had time to say Hi, offer a kind word, and share their vast array of baseball knowledge. And of course Chris & Crystal Graham couldn't have been any nicer to the two of us. Everyone's kindness and hospitality meant the world to us!
Dalton asked me the other day if I thought that they'd invite us back again next summer. I'm not sure that they will.. but in case they don't, I certainly want to say Thank you again so much to everyone associated with the 2013 Valley League Champion Waynesboro Generals for being the highlight of both of our summers and for helping us make some "brother" memories we'll never forget!