Turning the Lock: A Glance into the 2014 Frederick Keys
Good Afternoon Keys Fans!!!
There may still be snow on the ground in Frederick, but in 44 days, the Keys will play their first game of the season against the Lynchburg Hillcats at historic Falwell Field. It’s a lovely thought isn’t it? In the meantime, I’m sure many of you are keeping track of all the developments down at Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota. It figures to be an exciting year for the O’s, but it ought to be a banner year for the Keys as well. And as we get closer to the season, we’ll give you the inside skinny on possible Keys players, updates from camp, as well as 2014 Keys promotions and lots more! But before we get to all that, some introductions:
First off, my name is Geoff Arnold, and I am the new Broadcasting and Public Relations Manager for the Keys. I serve as one of the team’s radio voices, and work as the primary liasion to the media. This is my first year in Frederick, but my second in the Carolina League. Last year, I served as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Advanced-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. In short, I couldn’t have asked for a better indoctrination into the Carolina League. Wilmington’s fanbase was super-passionate, while the front office staff was top-notch.
As an added plus, the Blue Rocks were only a short-ride up I-95 from my hometown of Berwyn, PA. Berwyn is a suburb of Philadelphia and is roughly 15 minutes from Valley Forge (or the King of Prussia Mall if that makes things easier). And yes, for better or worse, richer or poorer, I am a Philadelphia sports fan. I’ve been crushed so many times by the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, but at the end of the day, I still love them. In particular the Phillies. My family has had season tickets for over 30 years.
Speaking of family, all are baseball FANATICS. My dad coached pretty much every one of my little league teams growing up. My mom coached my sister’s teams, while my brother and sister both played collegiately for a time. I on the other hand, played high school baseball, before switching to baseball umpiring. It was a great way to make money in college, while it provided me with my first “real” job after graduation. Before moving into the broadcast booth, I umpired in the Gulf Coast League in 2011. So if you call out “hey blue, you stink!!!” during a Keys game and see me jerk my head around? Instinctual reaction.
But that’s enough about me. This season, I’ll be joined by two other awesome guys on the blog. I’ll start with the Garden State’s favorite son. My main man Doug Raftery, who will be my partner on Keys broadcasts this year:
My name is Doug and I’m a 23-year-old from Brick, NJ, also known as “America’s Safest City” in 2006 by the Morgan Quitno survey. My house is also partly made of brick, which makes the town name that much better.
I attended Hood College just down the road and graduated with a Communication Arts degree in 2012. While there, I had the opportunity to play collegiate soccer around some knee injuries, and was President of the Student Government Association my senior year.
I’m a big ‘quote’ guy, and my favorite is “You must have long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures” by Charles C. Noble.
My family is extremely important to me, as my mom, Patty, and dad, Ron, still live in Brick right on the jersey shore. My sister, who is four years older than me, is in the process of getting her PhD from the University of South Carolina. She is recently engaged to my new brother-in-law David, and I can’t wait until the wedding in 2015!
I can’t wait to interact with the fans this season while on air and at the stadium! Talk to everybody soon.
Hello Keys fans! My name is Chris Colletti, the Marketing Assistant for this coming season. I along with the others here will help with this season’s blog and just wanted to give you an introduction to myself. I am a 2013 graduate from SUNY Cortland in Central New York with a major in Sport Management. As a native of Buffalo, New York I am a lover of three things: Music, Wings, and Sports. Last year I worked with the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and I can’t wait to bring my experiences to the table here in Frederick. I look forward to meeting you all here at the stadium and I hope you enjoy the baseball this year as well as the events we are planning for you this season. Go Keys!
And there you have it. The talented trio (or duo depending on how you look at it). We look forward to bringing you Keys coverage throughout the season, and we’ll be in touch soon!
Shake your Keys!
Geoff, Doug and Chris