The Big Three (Group Sales Gab)

~Kathryn Bobel, Co-Director of Group Sales

Let’s get a few things straight.  Yes, it is December. And yes, we are about as far away from a pitch being thrown at L.P. Frans Stadium as it gets.  It’s no longer 97 degrees and I’m no longer using a giant slingshot to fire hotdogs into the stands and fans’ outstretched hands (it’s absurd, but you know you love it).  We said sayonara to summer, farewell to fall, and have welcomed winter (though not necessarily with open arms), which ultimately means that the staffs of minor league baseball teams have headed back indoors to those things you nine-to-fivers call desks.  So, even though the sights, sounds, and smells of the Frans are currently dormant, the Crawdads front office is alive and kickin’!  What do we do, you ask? Great question! It seems as though quite a few individuals ponder this conundrum (including my own mom, who for a while during my college years would periodically ask, “Now, what do you want to do with your degree again?”), so I will attempt to briefly explain why we remain gainfully employed from October to March.


The Crawdads, just as any minor league organization, rely heavily on the support of the community to survive.  I would even go as far as to say the time, energy, and capital–let’s call them The Big Three–that local businesses provide the team with combine to form the lifeblood by which the Crawdads are able to exist.  So, in order to improve our operation each and every year, it is during the winter months that we head out into the community to illustrate that any additional time, energy, and capital that citizens are willing to give will greatly add to the experience that we have all come to know and love–spending our warm summer nights under the lights at L.P. Frans Stadium. 


So, the next time your friendly neighborhood Crawdads representative calls your business up and asks if we can have just ten minutes of your day to discuss any time, energy, or capital that you may be willing to part with for a great cause, we would be greatly appreciative if you would acquiesce.  At the least, humor us.  Give us just those few minutes we asked for, and then we’ll be on our way.  I believe it goes without saying that we are hoping to step out of your door having added you as a Crawdads partner, but even if you say that the timing isn’t right at this moment to donate any of your Big Three, know that we’ve saved a seat at the ballpark for you.  The ‘dogs are piping hot, the adult beverages are ice cold, and the entertainment can’t be beat.  Sure, you can get dinner and show anywhere, but where else is your food delivered to you by being shot over a giant net with a giant rubber band?


Kathryn Bobel is entering her second season with the Crawdads and first as Co-Director of Group Sales.  She served as Sales Assistant with the ‘Dads throughout the 2009 campaign, after stints with the Indianapolis Indians (AAA) and US Track and Field

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