By Nick Gagalis
This might not be an episode of Friends like the title kinda suggests, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun, right? This may be a bit of a misnomer for a few reasons though, and I’ll explain why.
First of all, we’re hoping there are a bunch of blog posts about the Tornadoes’ two-week trip to Texas, as they battle three different American Association teams. They have a three-game series in Laredo with the Lemurs starting tonight, a four-gamer in Amarillo versus the Sox from Tuesday through Friday and another four contests with the El Paso Diablos from Saturday through Tuesday. We might even have a few surprises for you in some upcoming posts, which might not include any content from yours truly…
In addition, this post is just as much about me as it is the team. I don’t often take the spotlight, because so many people around me do plenty of the hard work (like Davis and Seth), and also because I’m not an arrogant guy. I did use the recent radio broadcasts for a surprise I pulled with my girlfriend though.
I am not with the team in Texas right now, and I won’t be able to call any of the games this trip. There was an issue getting me my airfare and hotel room during the stint in the Lone Star State. (Don’t worry though. We’ll be sharing links to all of the different teams’ broadcasts online, so you can tune in for every pitch. I’ll be listening so I can live tweet and write the game stories too.)
I would have told our listeners about this much sooner, but I wanted to give my girlfriend a pleasant surprise in the middle of our season. I don’t get to spend too much time with her during the season, and I didn’t find out until Monday that I wouldn’t be going with the team anyway.
Because my girlfriend tunes in every once in a while, I didn’t want to give it away. It’s really the first time I’ve been able to keep her unaware of something nice I’ve done for her for that long. Thank for you (unknowingly) being a part of something special for her and I. I’ll still be keeping score in my book, sharing tidbits about the team through social media, and doing pretty much everything except for the most fun part of being a broadcaster.
Being around players all summer helped me realize just how little time we get to spend with those we love. Although I’m disappointed to not be covering the games, I’ll relish the time I get with her. Here’s hoping that you can surprise your favorite player or another important person in your life with something soon.
As always, let me know how I can make the broadcasts even more interesting for you (or how I can help you with a surprise of your own)!