Minor league baseball and me

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Splash! My last-ever day of work at the Spinners. {via}

Fan Friday came at a really convenient time for me. Tonight, I’m going to my first Lowell Spinners game as a fan in eight years. Yeah. Saying I’m excited for it would be an understatement. Here’s why:

I was five years old when the Spinners came to town. I still remember my first game with my parents and the old Caligator prints that were painted on sidewalks downtown to promote the team. I was instantly hooked. A life-long love of baseball was formed. In the years that came, my family got season tickets, and I went to countless games, eating countless hot dogs, begging for baseballs off the players, and yelling so loud that my voice would go hoarse. It was my favorite part of summer for years.

Somewhere along the way, little kid me got it in her head that working at the Spinners was her dream job. So, when I was 14 I applied. And I got the job. That’s right…I realized my life goal at 14. Whoops. I would later go on to write my college admissions essay about this, but I digress.

I worked in souvenirs at the ballpark for two summers and it was pretty fun, but I definitely wasn’t living the dream. Then, right before my third summer was about to start, I got a call from my boss asking me if I wanted to do on-field promotions. Um….that actually was my dream job as a kid. So, of course my answer was YES! I then proceeded to dance around the house for 5 or so minutes. So, my job for the next five years was basically to do the chicken dance and Cotton Eyed Joe with little kids every night. It was a blast. I also got to flirt with cute ballplayers, which to 16, 17, 18, and 19-year-old Karoline was probably the best job perk imaginable. Working at the Spinners was always a highlight of my summer, and it was rare that I came home from work unhappy. I truly loved what I did.

Maybe little-kid me was actually onto something: working at the Spinners helped make me realize that I want to work in sports as an adult. I don’t really have a “dream job” anymore per se, but I don’t think the goal has strayed that far off.

Aside from giving me the best dream job that I could ever dream up, the Spinners gave me a life-long love of sports. I loved minor league baseball so much that during my junior year of college, I wrote for SoxProspects.com, a site that specializes in the Red Sox farm system. Fun fact: I might not be with Matt if not for my love of the Spinners–on the night we met, I hooked him in conversation with my dazzling knowledge of baseball. True story.

This is my first summer that I’m not working there. And it is going to be so weird walking into that ballpark tonight as a fan. I think it’s hard to make that adjustment, but I’m excited to just relax and enjoy the show, too. I’m taking my dad as a belated Father’s Day gift, cause we haven’t been to a game just him and me since I was a really young. I think that the same summer magic that was there when I was a kid will still be around. I can’t wait to feel it.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Does anyone have any awesome plans?

Oh, and HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

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Today I’m linking up with Sarah for Fan Friday!

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