Hello, Doubledays Fans

My name is Michael Tricarico. I am the Communications Associate and Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Auburn Doubledays this season. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you.

I will be a senior at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in the fall. At SU, I am majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with minors in Sport Management and Political Science.

I am from North Syracuse, New York and grew up playing basketball and baseball. I’m the Sports Director of WAER Radio in Syracuse and I do play-by-play for Syracuse football, basketball, and lacrosse games.

Last summer, I was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League. I also interned with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, during the 2014 season, which included doing play-by-play for select games throughout the season.

You can listen to all 76 Doubledays games this regular season live on AuburnDoubledays.com, the MiLB First Pitch app, Tunein.com, and the TuneIn app.

In addition, all Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Doubledays games, both home and road, will be broadcast live on WAUB. Each of those broadcasts will also be available on the WAUB app and online at FingerLakesDailyNews.com. Additionally, games on July 4, July 13, August 2, and September 5 will be carried live on WAUB for a total of 38 radio broadcasts.

I’m looking forward to a fun season, and I hope you can all tune in to listen to the broadcasts throughout the year.

If you would like to get in touch with me, you can find me on twitter @TrickyCNS7 or by email at mtricarico@auburndoubledays.com.

Cinco de Mayo

My cup of coffee has reached the perfect temperature on my desk now I can confidently complete the blog.

There is something about a cup of coffee and the boost of caffeine that makes me feel like I can take on the world. That is a good mantra for the coming weeks as we draw closer to opening day at Falcon Park. The countdown has dropped below the threshold of fifty days and is quickly approaching now that we have entered into the month of May. Our work is cut out for us and we cannot wait to start the season.

The preparation for Opening Day has kept everyone busy, Mike has been in and out of meetings throughout each day, Derek has spent countless hours on the phone making orders and preparing the concession stand for the season, Andrew continues to prepare the ball park so that on Opening Day the stadium looks as clean as the first time the gates ever opened. I myself have covered my cubicle with calendars upon calendars. The planning is in full effect!

For a Nationals farm system recap check out this article:

Today May 5 marks the holiday of Cinco De Mayo. The holiday is not Mexican Independence Day, that takes place in September.

However, Americans do love to celebrate the day and to help you celebrate here is a list of all the amazing deals that are available!

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Also as a quick reminder we are beginning to accept applications for the New York Penn League Scholarship. The application can be found here!

Until next week,

Paul

 

 

Where is the Coffee?

When the sun is shining in Auburn how can you not get excited about baseball at Falcon Park?

Believe it or not the countdown to Doubledays Opening Day has now reached 56 days!

In the meantime, we have plenty of baseball action to hold you over. A group of High School baseball teams are set to take the field with three more games next week. Monday and Wednesday will feature some great afternoon baseball with games starting at 12pm and 11am respectively. Tuesday afternoon’s first pitch is set for 4:30pm.

Be sure to stay current on all of the action at Falcon Park through our social media (@Doubledays on Twitter, or on our Facebook).

As we continue to approach the start of the season things inside the office are starting to get busy as we begin to finalize promotions. (You are probably expecting a tease of a promotion, but I cannot drop any new intel yet.) We are really excited for what we have in store for the 2016 season and we cannot wait to debut it!

The Washington Nationals continue to lead the National League East Division. The Nats just finished a seven-game road trip which included match-ups against divisional opponents Philadelphia and Miami.

The Nationals took 2 of 3 against the Phillies and split four games with the Marlins.

Bryce Harper has continued to hit the ball well as of late, last night Harper launched his 8th homer of the season (tied for most in the MLB) and has tallied at least 1 RBI in the last 8 games (a career best).

This blog post is going up much later than I expected and I apologize. I blame the fact that I did not bring any K-cups to work with me this week and without the boost of a hot cup of coffee my creative juices do not flow.

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As always thanks for reading and until next week,

Paul

 

 

 

BASEBALL THIS WEEKEND??!!!??

Winter weather rolled through Auburn again…just another week in April I guess. However, the 10 Day forecast looks bright which is a great sign for Falcon Park.

This weekend will mark the first baseball of the spring on North Division Street. Saturday the Doubledays will host a doubleheader of high school baseball. Auburn High will take the field at 11am vs Corcoran High School and Chittenango at 3pm vs Fulton High School.

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Scheduling a high school baseball game with the Doubledays can be done by contacting Andrew Sagarin at 315-255-2489 or andrew.sagarin@auburndoubledays.com.

The Nationals are off to a hot start in the NL East. They are in sole possession of first place with  record of 4-1 entering a divisional series against the Atlanta Braves.

Bryce Harper and former Brooklyn Cyclones player Daniel Murphy have started the season well for the Nationals. Murphy has tallied 7 RBIs in five games with a batting average of .471. Harper has blasted two homers in the first five games. Former Doubledays Blake Treinen and Anthony Rendon have also helped the Nationals early on in the season. Treinen has pitched in three games recording two strikeouts and he has yet to concede an earned run. Rendon has played in all five games and is currently batting .304.

 

DOUBLEDAYS OPENING DAY COUNTDOWN: 66 DAYS. 

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In preparation for Opening Day on June 17 let us know your favorite part of Opening Day.

One of my favorite things about Opening Day is the look of the ball park. Seeing the sun shining down on the field with the bunting around the grandstand.

 

As always thank you for reading and check back next week!

Paul

 

 

 

I am the CHAMPION!

 

An apology is in order, I missed my post last week and for that I am really sorry!

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The NCAA basketball tournament concluded this past weekend. A couple weeks ago I shared our bracket predictions. The final results are in!

1st Place – Paul

2nd Place- Mike

Last Place – Andrew

So naturally I walked into the office like this today..

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(Unfortunately I did win on a Syracuse loss to UNC, which was painful)

Syracuse does have a shot at redemption tonight with a chance to win the Women’s National Championship!

This weekend also marked a special day in the calendar: MLB Opening Day. The Nationals started things off with a bang…

Harper’s blast helped the the Nats open the season with a 4-3 win over the Braves.

Our front office spent this past Thursday at the United Way’s 23rd Annual Tim Morrison Miniature Golf Tournament. We built and operated the ninth hole.

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The hole was a par 3 which only saw 5 hole-in-ones (two were from the same foursome.)

Until next week ( I promise I will not miss again)

Paul

 

 

 

Live from the road (Mike joins the blogging fun)

Hello from sunny Florida!

It’s been several years since I’ve written a blog post, so bear with me on this one.  Maybe it will be the first of many more to come.

Before I get too much farther down the page, I’d like to give a shout out (do people still say that??) to Paul for getting our official Auburn Doubledays Blog back up and running.  In fact, his posts got our blog into the top 25 of all Minor League team blogs for both January and February.  The rankings are based on unique views, so having Abner sitting at his computer and clicking the refresh button non-stop for the entire month of January didn’t help.

I hope this post gets us moving up the rankings for March!

Anyway, I spent the beginning part of the week at the New York-Penn League spring GM meetings in St. Pete Beach.  The NYPL does a nice job of getting the league’s executives together a few times a year to review league issues and make our league better.

Topics at this week’s meetings included stadium safety and security, the game schedule, and charitable/community programs that our teams participate in.

After a few days on the Gulf Coast, I made the drive over to Viera to check out the Nationals’ camp today.  Right when you drive into the Minor League complex you see this flag:

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Pretty cool, right?

Derek and I  got a chance to meet our new manager, Jerad Head, this morning  Jerad is a great guy and I know our fans will really like him.  We are working on bringing Jerad to Auburn for a “meet the manager”-type of event in May.  Stay tuned for details on that…

After some meetings inside the office, we got a chance to go outside, enjoy the nicest weather day of the week (Sunday-Tuesday were on the cool side for Florida, but don’t feel bad for me), and watch some baseball.

Today was a camp day, which means that instead of playing teams from another MLB organization, the Nats minor leaguers played two intersquad games.  It was a lot of fun to see many former Doubledays in action, including Adderling Ruiz, who knocked in a run with a ground ball single.

Now it’s time to get home, see my family, and get back to work…Happy Easter to those who will be celebrating this weekend.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share this post with your friends and leave your comments and questions below!

-MJV

Bracket Mania in the Office

Today is a very special day! It is St. Patrick’s Day and officially 3 MONTHS until Opening Day!

When I was deciding what to write about St. Patty’s Day I stumbled across this…

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In all seriousness though, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day because everyone is Irish today.

Today also marks the start of the NCAA Tournament. The play-in games have concluded and now brackets must be finalized.

Our office (minus Derek who refused to participate because he did not want to lose, or as he put it, “didn’t want to pick against Syracuse”) completed our brackets which I have included below!

Andrew-   Tournament Challenge – ESPN – aksagarin 3 –

Biggest Upset: Northern Iowa going two rounds and defeating Texas A&M in Round 2.

Final Four: Kansas, Oklahoma, Michigan State, UNC

Champion: Kansas defeating Michigan State

Mike-  Tournament Challenge – ESPN – Trevor Cooooooooooooooney

Name of his bracket does not follow suit with his picks. Has Syracuse losing Round 2.

Biggest Upset: Chattanooga over Indiana/ Little Rock over Purdue

Final Four: Kansas, Oklahoma, Michigan State, UNC

Champion: UNC defeating Kansas

Paul- Tournament Challenge – ESPN – themullinnator 1

Name of the bracket has been the same since my first ever bracket in 6th Grade. Have to keep it consistent so I can add another trophy to my ESPN fantasy sports trophy case.

Biggest Upset: Syracuse going against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. 10 seed versus 11 seed.

Final Four: Kansas, Oklahoma, UNC, Virginia

Champion: UNC defeating Oklahoma.

May the best bracket win! Be sure to let us know how your bracket stacks up against our brackets through Facebook, Twitter or Email us at info@auburndoubledays.com

Until next week,

Paul

 

101 Days

The temperature in Auburn hit high 50s today which means baseball must be coming.

101 Days until opening day to be exact!

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Saying we are excited is an understatement.

SPRING TRAINING UPDATE:

The Nationals are tied for first place in the Grapefruit League with a record of 5-1.

Some former Doubledays players have been having a successful spring training. Giolito, and Treinen have both had success in their first visit to the mound neither pitcher surrendered any runs. Wilmer Difo has knocked in three runs in seven at bats.

Meanwhile back at the ranch I have decided to take today to interview our Accounting Manager Derek so everyone can get to know him!

Q: Derek we can start of simple, where did you go to school and why did you pick that school?

A: I chose Syracuse University for the athletics and the sports management program and the opportunities they could provide me.

Q: What are your major job responsibilities?

A: I handle the concessions and other areas of the ball park that bring in revenue, in addition I handle all accounting for the club and financial relations with the Washington Nationals.

Q: On game day where can you be found?

A: In the concession stand for the most part but I also move around the stadium during the game, making sure everything is running smoothly.

Q: Where is your favorite place to get lunch?

A: Arby’s

Q:What question do you hate to answer?

A: I hate rhetorical questions

Q: Favorite type of music/ Favorite song at the moment?

A: Favorite type of music would be rap, current favorite song My House by Flo-Rida. Most likely will change though by the end of the week.

Q: If you could be any superhero who would you be?

A: Batman because he has no actual super powers and he has an awesome car.

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Q: Favorite thing about baseball?

A: I like the strategy and the stuff that goes on behind the sport. The sport is not as simple as it may look and I really enjoy that.

Q: What is your favorite meal of the day?

A:Dinner.

Q: If you could be stuck in an elevator with one person who would it be?

A: The president because I would not be in there very long someone will come save us.

Q. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A: Playing Xbox with friends and going golfing.

Next week I will take time to meet with Andrew and do a quick Q&A with him, if you have any questions for him be sure to let us know via Email (info@auburndoubledays.com) Twitter or Facebook!

Until next time,

Paul

 

Like it, Love it, What?

How many different emotions do you experience on a daily basis?  Facebook recently released an update that now gives you the choice of sharing six different types of emotion: Like, Love, HaHa, Wow, Sad, or Angry.

As a marketing guy this change is something I find very interesting! What do these changes mean in the marketing world? Over the weekend I spent some time with some great college friends who also work in marketing, and one prevalent conversation topic was Facebook  and how they would affect our jobs.

Time will tell how these changes will impact the world of social media, but in the meantime I have decided to connect these to the world of baseball.

LikeLike-Who doesn’t like the smell of the freshly cut grass at a baseball game. Nothing beats watching baseball and taking in all the sounds and scents inside the ballpark.

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wow.jpgWow- What better wow moment in a baseball game than a walk-off win! Last season we experienced an amazing conclusion to our season when Diomedes Eusebio hit a walk-off to beat Batavia in the bottom of the tenth!

sad.jpgSad- When it comes to baseball and being sad there is nothing more depressing than a baseball field covered in snow. Thankfully the sun is out today and the field is snow free (for the time being).

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angry.jpgAngry- Nothing makes us more angry then when Mother Nature does not cooperate and we are not able to play a game on time.

Join the conversation, let us know what you think about all of the new emotions and feel free to leave a like or love on this post!

-Paul

 

Home Improvement to Home Theater

Major changes inside the front office are near complete. (No I was not fired). For about the last month, the office has been a construction zone in an attempt to create new storage and make the office feel like an office. The construction included knocking down a wall for a new shelving unit, painting the office and even a new floor.

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The new floor is looking great it has given the office a much brighter look with a lighter tone than the old flooring.

Renovations aside, this weekend marks the celebration of the Academy Awards. If you remember, I shared my predictions for the Academy Awards check them out in a previous post.

In preparation for the Oscars here is a list of Baseball Movies nominated for Oscars:

Pride of the Yankees (1942): The film depicts the life of Lou Gehrig, made a few years after the death of the Yankee legend. The movie stars the Babe himself. Received 11 nominations including; Best Picture, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, but it’s only win was in Best Film Editing

The Stratton Story (1949): The story of the legendary White Sox pitcher who returned to Baseball after losing his leg in a hunting accident. This movie achieved best screenplay, the only award it was nominated for at the Oscars.

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973): The movie tells the story of a catcher who finds he is near death. Vincent Gardenia received the nomination of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role but was not selected by the Academy for this award.

The Natural (1984):

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The iconic swing, that received four Oscar nominations. None of the nominations were selected as winners.

Field of Dreams (1989): Nominated for three different awards (Best Picture, Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material From Another Medium and Best Music, Original Score), but took home zero awards that night.

Bull Durham (1989): Yes that is right two different baseball movies in the same year. The screenplay was written by a real minor league baseball player, Ron Shelton. Shelton was nominated for the script but did not win.

Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995): Some question this documentary getting a nomination, and point the finger towards Denzel Washington being an executive producer being the reason. Nominated for Best Documentary, however, was not selected as the winner.

Moneyball (2011): The story of the well-known A’s manager Billy Beane portrayed by Brad Pitt. This movie was entertaining and covered the general idea of the novel Moneyball. One of my favorite movies on this list except for this one thing…

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Jonah Hill. No offense to all the Jonah Hill lovers, I just prefer he stick to comedies rather than attempting to be serious. Moneyball received six nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hill), and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pitt). None of these nominations were winners.

Here is a list of movies that did not receive nominations but are very good if you are in need for more Baseball movies this week!

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Bad News Bears

Eight Men Out

As always feel free to leave a comment on the blog or send an email with a question to be featured in next week’s blog!

Paul