One Shell of a Job (Media Relations Mutterings)

-Kevin Zeni, Media Relations Assistant

I love my job! While I may not get paid very much, the hours are longer than Willie Nelson’s hair (pre-haircut), and I live thousands of miles away from my loving fiancé Amanda, the actual work has just been phenomenal.

Not too many people get to work with and write about a winning, first-place team like I do. This 2010 season has started off greater than any Crawdads fan could have ever hoped for. The team is 30-18 (as of this post on Friday, May 28) and has held sole-possession of first place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League since May 12.

The reason for the ‘Dads success largely falls upon their pitching. This young staff is just a joy to watch. LHP Robbie Ross is tied for the league-lead in wins with six, RHP Matt Thompson is tied for the most strikeouts in the SAL with 58, and LHP Robbie Erlin has allowed just one earned run in 30.1 innings on the mound. The staff has even stayed steady after the promotions of starter RHP Wilmer Font and closer RHP Josh Lueke.

Meanwhile, CF Miguel Velazquez leads the charge on the offensive side of the ball, leading the team in most offensive categories. SS Leury Garcia has also displayed why manager Bill Richardson hits him in the ‘Dads leadoff spot most nights, swiping a league-leading 26 bags on the season and only getting caught twice. Once Garcia gets on base it’s not a matter of if he will steal, but how many.

Like I said before, working with this team and following all the exciting action on the season thus far has been a great experience and I can only hope that things continue the way that they are.

So fans, don’t forget to get your Crawdads tickets and come down to L.P. Frans Stadium to watch your first-place team play and partake in all the fun games and promotions we’ll be holding throughout the remainder of 2010. Go ‘Dads!

Kevin enters his first season as media relations assistant with the
Crawdads and second year in minor league baseball, after spending the
2009 campaign with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League
(High-A).  The Los Angeles, California, native is a 2009 graduate of the University of La Verne.

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