The Interns were invited by John Pontius, Memphis Redbirds club director, to the “Party Suite” at the FedEx Forum.
From L to R: Cody Dunn, Jon Brooks, Myself (Dan White), Corey Green
Name: Cody Dunn
College and major/degree(s): Christian Brothers University: Business with a concentration in Sport Management
Likes: Any sport; favorite is baseball, going to the lake, the ocean, coaching baseball
Dislikes: Chinese food
What’s playing in your iPod?: Empire State of Mind- Jay-Z
What’s on TV: Baseball Tonight!!
Hobbies: coaching, running
Favorite Baseball Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Ryan Sandberg
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: Field of Dreams
Favorite Sports Quote: “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.”- Muhammad Ali
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: hitting a triple in my last collegiate at bat
Thing you like most about sports: the athletic competition
Why do you want to work in sports?: Growing up I was always around sports. Everyday I was watching or playing some kind of sport; always trying to learn and get better. A day without sports is a day I want no part of.
What does your specific internship entail?: Ticket Operations, the behind the scene details on suite, season, and single game tickets as well as the managing of the day to day box office operations.
Dream job: To be a GM for a major league baseball team.
Hello all, as Dan mentioned- radio broadcaster, Steve Selby and I (Jordan Johnson, Media Relations Manager) have traveled down to Jupiter, FL for the weekend to check out the possible 2011 Memphis Redbirds and get things organized before the season starts.
Being my first time attending spring training, I was pleasantly surprised when we got here and were immediately engulfed in baseball…boy, have I missed it. We arrived around 1:00 pm on Wednesday just in time to catch the last few at-bats of the Redbirds’ game before going over to the main field at Roger Dean Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals go up against the New York Mets. My first day at spring training and I already got to see a full big league game, not bad, eh?
Well, after the Mets won 3-2 that night, we got acclimated to our hotel rooms, found a place to grab some dinner before heading to bed and waking up to do (almost) the same thing we had done the day before.
Bright and early Thursday morning we headed to the back fields and were greeted by our field staff for the 2011 season, manager Chris ‘Hammer’ Maloney, pitching coach Blaise Ilsley, hitting coach Mark Budaska and athletic trainer Christophe Conroy, as well as a new addition to our team, strength and conditioning coach Sean Johnson. They got down to business pretty quickly after a full minor league camp meeting, dispersing the players into different groups to begin their stretches and drills for the day.
Steve and I jumped in the car around 11:00 am, making our way to Port St. Lucie, the spring training home of the New York Mets to watch the Memphis Redbirds take on the triple-A affiliate to the Mets, the Buffalo Bisons. Although the game ended in a tie, the Redbirds looked sharp and if this was a preview of our 2011 season- let me tell you, we are in store for an exciting one!
Friday morning, we had the pleasure of listening to Tony La Russa address the entire minor league camp. He spoke for roughly an hour, inspiring and encouraging the players to always do their best. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for this momentous occasion and am grateful for it.
Later that afternoon we were finally joined by colleague Mark Anderson, Director of Operations. We threw him right into the baseball groove as we visited the Marlins’ side of Roger Dean stadium and watched the Memphis Redbirds take on the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Redbirds kept the lead up until the ninth inning when Jason Buursma gave up two runs and suffered the loss.
On another note, I was able to watch our number one prospect in the Cardinals organization, Shelby Miller, pitch while there. Miller is a player that is full of talent and clearly knows how to utilize it. He will be a great asset to this farm system and I’m excited to see him in Memphis- hopefully soon!
Funny thing is- today I was convinced it was actually Friday again for some reason…I even called the office to check in and was seriously confused when no one answered. Whoops! Once I realized it was Saturday, morning drills, stretching, BP and hitting had already taken place and intersquad play had began. The Memphis Redbirds faced the Springfield Cardinals as the Palm Beach Cardinals played against the Batavia Muckdogs. I made my way between both fields to observe each part of the developing farm system the Cardinals possess.
Unbelievable is the only word that comes to my mind, seriously. I watched Maikel Cleto, a pitcher we obtained through the Brendan Ryan trade this winter, throw 96-98 mph while topping out at 100 mph…I also caught a glimpse of Zack Cox, third baseman in the Cardinals organization, only to make it back in time to watch Mark Hamilton complete a triple play during the Memphis/Springfield game. Like I said- unbelievable.
Maikel Cleto >> Zack Cox>>
We were able to see the Cardinals play the Marlins this afternoon- Albert Pujols is ready for the season. He said this when he went 2-for-3 with back-to-back home runs and three RBI in the game. There’s nothing like watching a legend in action.
There’s also something about getting to see guys play in the big leagues that you’ve watched climb through the farm system, working with them when they stop in Memphis and cheering for them when it’s their turn to suit up for a St. Louis Cardinals jersey with their last name sewn to the back of it.
Only two more glorious days of spring training are left for Steve, Mark and I (sad face)…I’ll continue to soak in every second of it until I board the plane to head back to Memphis.
Check out ALL the pictures I took while being in Jupiter on our facebook page, and don’t forget to ‘like’ us while you’re scoping them out! (http://www.facebook.com/MemphisRedbirds)
Covering the front desk is one of the many duties required when you are a part of the Redbird Intern team……
Name: Kevin Rooney
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College and major/degree(s): Christian Brothers University, Business Administration w/ a concentration in Sports Management.
Likes: Family, Friends, Cardinals baseball, Blues Hockey, Mizzou Football, playing sports, and kicking with my dog Maddie.
Dislikes: Lying, drama, and the Chicago Cubs.
What’s playing in your iPod?: Seven Mary Three – Water’s Edge
What’s on TV: Chuck.
Hobbies: Playing sports, fixing things, hanging out with friends, and watching sports live or on TV.
Favorite Baseball Team: St. Louis Cardinals.
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Ryan Ludwick.
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: For the Love of the Game.
Favorite Sports Quote: “I wouldn’t dig in if I was you. Next one might be at your head. I don’t know where it’s gonna go. Swear to God.” - Crash Davis from Bull Durham
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Tracking down a shot to left field and catching the ball right before crashing into the fence and getting stuck under it.
Thing you like most about sports: Comebacks and underdog wins.
Why do you want to work in sports?: it’s what I’ve been doing for the past 5 years and I enjoy being a part of it, being at every game, seeing all the drama and interacting with the fans. I’ve done anything from field crew to promotions to operations and I loved being apart of it all.
Name: Corey Green
Hometown: Marietta, GA
College and major/degree(s): University of Georgia – Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Master’s Degree in Sport Management.
Likes: Sports, pro wrestling, movies, TV and music.
What’s playing in your iPod?: Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Corey Smith, Eminem and Linkin Park.
What’s on TV: Mad Men, Modern Family, Fringe, The Walking Dead, Lights Out, Jersey Shore, WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE Friday Night SmackDown and TNA Impact.
Hobbies: Reading, playing video games and traveling.
Favorite Baseball Team: Atlanta Braves
Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Hank Aaron
Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: Field of Dreams
Favorite Sports Quote: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” - Muhammad Ali
Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Seeing the Braves win the 1995 World Series.
Thing you like most about sports: The passion of the fans.
Why do you want to work in sports?: I want to work in sports because I want to look forward to going to work every day.
What does your specific internship entail?: Assisting with stadium operations and baseball operations
Dream job: Hall-of-Fame-caliber baseball player (but, general manager of the Braves would work, too)
The only thing that the Cardinals pitching staff has gained this Spring Training is attention from the training staff, including Chris Conroy, head trainer for the Redbirds.
St. Louis Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs rubs his back as he talks to trainer Chris Conroy during Tuesday’s game against the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Boggs left the game with a lower back strain. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Along with Boggs, projected opening day starter Chris Carpenter suffered a left hamstring injury yesterday (3/1) and is currently listed as day to day, but will likely miss his next start even though he said his hamstring is feeling better. Boggs’ status is still unknown but it doesn’t look to serious.
Conroy enters his seventh season with the Redbirds and his 12th season in the Cardinals organization. Let’s all hope that yesterday will be his last visit to the mound!
Conroy stretching out Albert Pujols before batting practice at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)