Now that the 2009 season is safely in the books, we are officially in off-season mode here at the ballpark. Now is also the time when we get one of our more frequent off-season questions. What do you guys do when the season ends?
A common misconception that some people have is that we shut the stadium down and no one is at Time Warner Cable Field from October until March. Oh, no. There is always someone here Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm. There is always a lot to do.
For example, Fang's Reading Club may not start until January with area schools, but there is a lot of work that goes into getting those schools involved in the program and the prizes have to be picked out for the participants.
Then, there are a lot of phone calls to be made. Members of the staff are getting in touch with season ticket holders, group leaders, and companies to thank them for their support and to let them know that it is not too early to start planning for next year.
The Timber Rattlers Speakers Bureau is in full swing right now. So, if you are a member of a service organization and are looking to talk a little baseball during one of your meetings, let us know.
Cleaning takes a little bit of a precedence now, too. One of the comments that we often receive is from people who are amazed at the cleanliness of the stadium. It starts now. Everything -- including the radio booth and my desk -- will be cleaned, polished, and vacuumed to within an inch of its life over the next couple of weeks to be made ready for the 2010 season.
Some of us do have lives outside of the stadium, too. Watching the Packers, travel, and various other interests will be indulged over the next few months.
At some point the staff will be going over 2009 and figuring out what we did right, what can be improved, and what new ideas can be brought to the table for next season.
Because at the end of the day, that is what we do after the season ends.
We get ready for next season.
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