For this episode I’m joined by Dominic Latkovski, the founder and man behind BirdZerk! and the rotating cast of characters in the ZOOperstars!.
We discussed making the business a family affair, travelling with the outfits, and getting minor league players to join in the fun.
So sit back and enjoy episode seventeen of the Minor Conversations Podcast with my guest Dominic Latkovski.
For this episode I’m joined by Tom Ando, Director of Food and Beverage for the Erie SeaWolves.
Tom (@ConcessionsGuy) was the mastermind behind the SeaWolves’ Cotton Candy Hot Dog that has taken the world by storm. For a special promo night, Erie wrapped a hot dog in cotton candy and sprinkled Nerds on it. Other than Tim Tebow, it’s not a stretch to say it’s been the biggest thing to talk about in the Eastern League this season. The culinary creation has been featured in USA Today, seen on...
For this episode I’m joined by Bowie Baysox Director of Ticket Operations, Charlene Fewer.
Charlene and I discussed her path to working for the Baysox, handling both group sales and the box office, and a typical day in her life on a game day.
Charlene and I talked before the horrific shooting at the Annapolis Capital claimed the lives of five reporters. One of those victims was John McNamara, who had served as a Baysox beat writer for the entirety of their existence. Our hearts go out to...
For this episode I’m joined by Trenton Thunder broadcaster Jon Mozes.
The Thunder are hosting this year’s Eastern League All-Star Classic in two weeks and we discussed the preparation behind the two-day event, a rundown of some of the highlights, former Yankee great Bernie Williams performing the National Anthem, and broadcasting the game.
So sit back and enjoy episode fourteen of the Minor Conversations Podcast with my guest Jon Mozes.
For this episode I’m doing something a little different…I recently unearthed an interview I did a couple of years ago with Tim Lepard of Team Ghost Riders…or as it’s known in a lot of minor league ballparks, The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo.
This was not an elaborate podcast setup, just a handheld voice recorder so bear with the sound quality at times and the occasional gust of wind. I cleaned it up as best as I could.
We discussed how he came to love monkeys, the Wilmington Blue Rocks booking...
For this episode I’m joined by Tim Heiman, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
This season has been like no other Tim has experienced in his broadcasting career thanks to the presence of another Tim on the Rumble Ponies’ roster, Tim Tebow.
We discussed the media frenzy around him, the so-called Tebow effect on attendances in Binghamton and around the league, and the invaluable support of Heiman's broadcast partner this season, Johnny Wincott.
For this episode I’m joined by Thom Hinton, the official scorer for the Portland Sea Dogs. Thom has been the official scorer for the last 17 seasons in Portland where he has done over 1,000 games.
Thom was nice enough to stop by Harrisburg on a vacation him and his wife were taking in Central Pennsylvania. He came to FNB Field to watch the Senators play who else? The Portland Sea Dogs.
We discussed how he got the job, how the fans think official scoring is easy, and the relationship he...
For this episode I’m joined by Andy Linker, Harrisburg baseball historian on the juggernaut that was the 1993 Harrisburg Senators in his new book “The Class of ’93, How One Baseball Team Wrecked an Entire League”.
Andy covered the team from spring training in depressing Lantana, Florida all the way through their 100th win against only 47 losses in winning the Eastern League championship. We discussed the who’s who of prospects the Expos sent to Harrisburg including Cliff Floyd, Rondell...
For this episode I’m joined by Cory Giger, beatwriter for the Altoona Mirror and author of the new book “20 Years Around the Curve, the best stories and players from the franchise’s first two decades”
Cory has covered the team since its inception in 1999 and has previously published two earlier books “Inside Curve” detailing the inaugural season and “Capturing the Moments” with stories about the franchise’s first championship in 2010.
We discussed the book with stories on some of the...
For this episode I’m joined by Ben Hill, bon vivant and purveyor of all things that make minor league baseball unique.
Ben documents the creative side of the game for MiLB.com as he highlights the wackiest and most effective promotions, the delicious and extreme food options, and the craziness that goes on and off the field each summer.
We discussed his yearly ballpark visits that will finally have him cross the last four active affiliated ballparks off his list this season, the...
For this episode I’m joined by Tonya Petrunak, Director of Marketing and Executive Director of Baseballtown Charities for the Reading Fightin’ Phils.
Tonya returned to the team five years ago and in her position with Baseballtown Charities has recently helmed the development of the Savage 61 Dream Field, the first baseball field in Berks County that is designed specifically for children with physical and developmental challenges.
Traditional baseball diamonds are not suited for those...
For this episode, I’m joined by Jason Klein of Brandiose, the San Diego-based sports marketing and design studio that has become the go-to company for minor league baseball teams.
Along with his friend and business partner Casey White, Jason created Brandiose and began this journey when they sold their first logo redesign to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
Seventeen years later, the company is thriving in minor league baseball as well as with work for Major League Baseball, Nike, the...
For this episode, I’m joined by Flying Squirrels’ broadcaster Jay Burnham. The current season is Jay’s fifteenth behind the microphone and sixth for Richmond.
Named the 2011 MiLB broadcaster of the year by Ballpark Digest, Jay and I discuss his career path to Richmond, the 24-hour bus ride from Pensacola to St. Paul, “Biagini in a Bottle”, and his love of craft beer and haikus.
You can also hear in real time, Jay’s game get postponed as we follow with a short interlude and pick up the...
For this episode, I’m joined by Harrisburg Senators’ broadcaster Terry Byrom. 2018 will mark Terry’s 14th with the team and 17th overall in minor league baseball.
I could have Terry on the podcast to talk about almost anything but one of the things that interested me the most, and I hope it does for you too, is how he got into broadcasting baseball.
After serving our country in the first Desert Storm and years working jobs in the corporate world, Terry decided to take a chance on a...
Tom Reisenweber always wanted a career in sports. He just never imagined it would be as a sportswriter. Yet , here he is covering all manner of high school, college, and professional sports for the Erie Times News, his hometown newspaper.
Tom is one of the best and most dedicated beat writers in the Eastern League covering all things Sea Wolves.
We talked about Tom’s unusual journey to sportswriter, a typical day in his life covering the SeaWolves, and the direction of the team both on...
Last season, Adrienne Roberson was one of two female public address announcers in affiliated baseball and the only one in the minors. 2018 will mark her fourteenth season manning the microphone for the Bowie Baysox.
When I thought about starting this podcast to highlight people and stories in the Eastern League, Adrienne was at the top of my wish list so I’m happy she could join me. So happy in fact I made her the debut episode.
We talked about her career path, her preparation for a...