For the last few years, when the Marysville Gold Sox began their collegiate season, it meant I had a job. It was only for 11 weeks, but it was something. I always joked that the Gold Sox gig is a perfect second job, but a lousy first one. Well now I've gotten what I have been joking about. I'm actually moonlighting these days.
My primary job is as a news reporter at KNCO Radio in Grass Valley, but now I'm also doing play-by-play on KUBA in Yuba City. Both stations are cool with me doing the other job, and that's support that you don't get very often. The two stations used to be owned by the same company, so there is a relationship there, but that hasn't been the case for a few years. Again, it's a situation that isn't ordinary in radio.
I realized a week ago yesterday (May 19) that that Sunday was going to be my last day off until August. I'll be doing one job, the other, or both every day until then. I'm sure I'll be tired, but definitely not complaining. I'll be earning some extra money, working in the business I love, and also be doing play-by-play, which is something anyone interested in radio sports aspires to do.
Tom Fitzsimmons is the Station Manager at KNCO, and also a sports guy. When he hired me in November, we discussed my Gold Sox situation. I didn't bring it up, but without me saying anything, he understood how much doing those games to meant to me, and assured me that I could do both jobs, and we could make it work. My sincere thanks to Tom to allow that to happen.
So now the season is underway, and sure enough, one of the other KNCO reporters is on vacation. That means some shifty scheduling on Thursday and Friday, and a few hours of under-staffing in the news room. News Director Rita Stevens is allowing that to happen for a couple of days, so my thanks to her as well.
My continued thanks to the people at KUBA, who are always complimentary of the job that I do, but not only that, continue to put the games on the air every year. There have been several seasons where it was questionable as to whether they would sell enough sponsorships to air the games, but they have always come through. Baseball has been on KUBA for 13 years now, and I have been fortunate to have been behind the microphone for 12 of them.
The Gold Sox got underway Thursday, swept all four games against the San Mateo Rounders, and drew over nine-thousand people in four nights in the process. I can't say how much it means to be part of something like that, and I have the Gold Sox organization, and now two radio stations to thank for it. I may not have another off day until August, but even with two jobs, it's hard to call what I do work.
Other stuff: That Mattingly-leaving thing didn't really work out, did it? A week ago, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Mattingly was on his way out the door. The Dodgers had a week since, and the Dodgers money guys have given Donnie Baseball a vote of confidence.
I didn't think of this, but someone suggested that if you are going to have interleague play, why not reverse the DH rule? In other words, fans who go to American League games can see pitchers hit, and those who usually only see the NL, can see the DH in action. To keep things a little fresh, why not try it for a year or two (but not in the World Series)?
Dodgers-Angels are on ESPN Tuesday, but Kings-Sharks game seven is on at the same time. Tough call on what to watch, but you don't see a Los Angeles Anything in game seven very often.
I know I mentioned it in an earlier post, but Paul George of the Indiana Pacers is from Palmdale. Before that, I thought it was the name of two Beatles.