A few days fresh of my last home broadcast in Richmond, Indiana, I like to tell you what I saw for the 2013 season.
It was the fifth season of existence for the RiverRats, a summer collegiate team that calls Don McBride Stadium home. The organization had something fun planned out for every home game this season, just like the previous four years. After thirty games, the ‘Rats welcomed in nearly 26,000 for the season.
Opening Day 2013 took place in Northern Ohio, with the Lorain County Ironmen hosting Richmond. After a season-opening series split, Richmond came home to welcome in another Ohio team, the Chillicothe Paints. While the first game required extras, the ‘Rats were able to sweep their first opponent at home. Richmond went 4-2 in their first six home games, splitting with the Butler BlueSox and the West Virginia Miners.
The RiverRats would close out June with a 13-17 record, coming home for six straight home contests. To start July, the RiverRats went 2-8 in their first ten games, including a 1-5 homestand. The ‘Rats would bounce back after that homestand, going 10-14 in their last twenty-six games with some very close games.
After the final out in West Virginia, the RiverRats finished 24-36. Seventeen of those wins happened at McBride Stadium, while the ‘Rats were only 7-23 away from Richmond.
As a team, the ‘Rats batted .257 and had an ERA of 4.40. Leading the offense was DePauw Tiger Robbie Stein, batting .303 in 231 at-bats (with eight doubles, two triples, and one home run.) Berea College Mountaineer Ryan Akins had five home runs to lead the team, with Ohio State Buckeye Jacob Bosiokovic leading the team with 31 RBIs. On the pitching spectrum, it would be Ole Miss Rebel Scott Ashford leading the team in appearances with twenty-four on the season (all in relief.) Indiana Wesleyan Wildcat Shane Bryant had the most wins with five (finished 5-4 after ten starts and three relief appearances.) Trey Garrett (Rend Lake College) lead the team with five saves.
Numbers and wins aren’t everything, folks. The team improved from the slumps and worked around the injury bug. While it was a team of about eight everyday players, it was a talented bunch of ball players. These players will head back to their college baseball teams, with improved skills and a collection of memories of their experiences in Richmond, Indiana, Wayne County, U.S. of A. I wish every RiverRat the best in the future!
Debuting for the first time in 2013 were gold jerseys for the ‘Rats. These were wore about 4/5ths of the home games, with the white and navy sets used sparingly. The gold tops were combined with navy letters/numbers with a white trim. Personally, I liked the gold jerseys. I believe gold hats were also introduced for the first time, too.
In this 2013 season, I have seen two reviews on McBride Stadium. One is from The Sports Traveler, who made the trip for the June 15th match vs. West Virginia. The other is from Stadium Journey, which the review doesn’t specify when the visit was (but I believe this was the first portion of the season.) Both of these are positive reviews but very good reads on the old ballpark.
As a second-year broadcaster with the Richmond RiverRats, I feel like I improved greatly in terms of baseball commentary. I learned that not every second must be filled with my voice. I learned to relax and flow with the pace of the game. I improved my game during those thirty games.
I worked with amazing folks and I met some great people as they made their way up into the small press box. I had a lot of help from the Media Relations Intern, who would join me for two games on-air. He helped out with game notes and was the guy who done a lot of jobs in the press box during game time.Hopefully, I’ll be back for the 2014 season enjoying another season in Richmond, Indiana. I also spent some time talking with Josh and Jesus from the Pal-Item about various sports in Eastern Indiana; great guys.
With the books shut on the 2013 season in Richmond, time to focus on what’s next in my career. Next stop: Back to the University of Dayton as the Public Address Announcer for the soccer teams. This career never stops, but why would I want it to?
Until next time,