Working in Baseball and not knowing a thing about it (Group Sales Gab)

~Kim Scercy

I never watched baseball growing up or played tee ball as a kid, but somehow I have landed a job in the one sport I didn’t know a thing about, but have learned to appreciate the sport and I’ve even learned a little about it.

Why am I working in baseball if I don’t know a thing about it? Well I have 2 reasons…  #1- I needed an internship to complete my degree and everyone always told me that if you want to learn a little bit about everything, minor league baseball is the way to go. Reason # 2- On of my teammates came across the internship position for the Hickory Crawdads, and we both needed to complete an internship in the summer of ’08 and  so we both applied hoping would both get the internship so we could work and live together for the summer.

Well our plan worked and we completed our internship together in minor league baseball. We only needed 400 hours for our internship; little did I know we would complete them in as little as 2 months. During my interview I was asked if I would be willing to work long hours, wear our mascot, and do anything from selling tickets to cleaning up the stadium.

I learned really quickly that long hours are not what you would expect (10 hours a day instead of 8) but 16 hours a day, seven days straight. I guess that didn’t affect me too much because I returned in ’09 for a second internship and after the season landed my first “real” job in minor league baseball. The mascot… appearances always gives you a chance to get out of the office, but it’s not always the best time. There’s always that one kid that thinks its fun to pull your tail or punch your stomach and of course the after smell of wearing a big red suit in 90 degree weather. Selling tickets can be stressful too!

It’s not easy working in baseball and not knowing a lot about it or the phenomenal athletes that have played the sport.  I always get asked about former players and teams, and have to pull the answer out of thin air, but I have survived two seasons and hopefully a third to come. …

Kim is entering her third season with the Crawdads and first as Co-Director of Group Sales.  She spent the previous two as a Sales Assistant while completing her education at Gardner-Webb University.


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