Hello 2010 (Crustacean Nation)

~Andrew Buchbinder, Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

So, is it absolutely mind-boggling to anyone else out there that we are officially in 2010?  It hit me the other day when I was signing some piece of paperwork (I tend not to read before I sign) and it asked for the date. 

I resisted the ingrained urge to scribble ’09, and instead consciously and correctly scripted a ’10’ at the end of the date.  To say it was strange would be an understatement.  10?  Weird.  For some reason it makes me feel like this is year 10.  Not 2010.  I was fine with ’09.  It never felt as if we’d travelled back 2000 years.  But, for some reason, ’10 just feels awkward.

Not to even mention how quickly the last decade went.  It was the first decade that I can remember fully.  Being born in 1985 (which just keeps getting further and further away!), there were some formative years of the early ’90’s that I can’t clearly and wholly recall.

Not the case with the past decade.  I remember where I was when we flipped to the new millennium on New Year’s 2000.  I remember the angst of high school.  The stress of figuring out how in the world I was going to get through the SATs.  The competition in applying to colleges.  The blur of a great four-year block that was college.  My first summer internship in baseball in Connecticut.  My just under two incredible and crucially developmental years working in sports in California.  And my first season in Hickory in ’09.  There, a decade of my life in one paragraph.

Of course, there are plenty of supplemental undercurrents in addition to the above major plot lines, and, as I sit here in my (very chilly) office, I experience a rare sense of satisfaction when waxing nostalgic about the past decade.  It’s almost hard to believe that so much occurred so quickly.  It’s scary in a lot of ways!

On that note, especially with Opening Day 2010 bearing down on us, there is absolutely no time to waste, and no better way to commence the writing of the first chapter of this new-born decade than with a concise yet pleasant greeting.  Hello 2010.

Have a great start to the New Year everyone!  See you at the 2010 Hot Stove Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.  Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels is our keynote speaker!  Give us a call at (828) 322-3000 or check out our Online Team Store to order your tickets!

Andrew Buchbinder is entering his second season as director of broadcasting/media relations with the Crawdads.  He previously served in similar capacities with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) and the Bakersfield Blaze, the ‘Dads High-A affiliate in the California League.

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