Fisher trainees bring diverse experiences and skills to the organization
CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto – “Where Tomorrow’s Stars Shine Tonight” – honors the summer collegiate league’s long history of developing world-class Major League prospects Baseball.
However, the league’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ moniker isn’t limited to players on the pitch. Each team attracts talented interns from across the country who are eager to spend a summer on Cape Cod while trying to advance their careers and make a name for themselves, just like the players.
“Our interns this summer have been fantastic,” said Chatham Anglers Association President Steve West. “We have young men and women from all over the country – from Mississippi, from the South, from the West Coast and several from Massachusetts – and they have all come together and blended in well.”
Chatham Anglers interns are divided into three categories: baseball operations, media and game day operations. All internships are unpaid and interns must find their own accommodation for the season.
The match day interns are probably the most visible to Anglers fans at Veterans Field. They can be seen handing out stat sheets before and during games or selling 50/50 raffle tickets, passing the hat or even manning the grill.
“They took over everything we asked them to do and most of them never did any of the things we asked them to do,” West said. “We have young girls grilling and they’ve never grilled before.”
“What strikes me is how much they really rely on the interns and they really rely on the community to come together and help these guys and these players,” Caroline Fusco, a New Jersey native and rising junior at St. John’s University who is spending his summer in Chatham as a Game Day Operations intern.
“And how supportive they are when they leave Cape Town and go to an MLB team – it’s like they still have a home here,” Fusco continued. “It was very surprising that the community was so involved and that there were so many different parties running this organization.”
Katie Parker is another match day operations trainee who was a little taken aback by the passion of the Anglers fans.
“I knew the league was a really big deal, but something that surprised me was how big the fan base is,” said Parker, who attends Ole Miss University in his hometown. of Oxford, Miss. “Especially here in Chatham, how many people are coming out – it blew my mind from the first game.
While Parker came to Chatham from an entirely different part of the country, other interns have deep roots in the city. That includes Maggie Menoni, a rising Virginia Tech junior who calls Williamsburg, Va. home, though she grew up visiting Chatham and attending Anglers games.
“My family is a military family, so I’ve moved all over and Chatham has always been my home base,” said Menoni, a video intern. “I consider it my home, but it’s hard to say I’m from here because I didn’t go to school here, it was just in the summers. ‘Cause I grew up watching [Chatham], I sort of joked that this is the first team I was a fan of.
Jake Klein, a Southborough native who also spent summers attending games at Veterans Field, is another intern with Chatham roots who offers media interns a fresh perspective as someone with a deep understanding of the organization. He is a bit younger than the college-age trainees, he just turned 17.
“Everything that goes into the roster moves every day, everything that goes into producing the stat sheet that they hand out every day, the program… It’s one side of this organization and so many people who There are I never would’ve known otherwise,” said Klein, a rising junior at Loomis Chafee School in Windsor, Connecticut.
At the forefront of the media team are its two broadcasters, play-by-play announcer and recent Fordham University graduate Emmanuel Berbari, a native of Long Island, and his broadcast partner, Ben Shulman, a native of Toronto and rising senior at Syracuse University.
“There’s a long line of broadcasters who have been here before me and ended up being very successful,” Shulman said. “When I got the job, I got text messages from tons and tons of people I didn’t even know, or didn’t even know were working for the A’s and are incredibly successful in this moment.”
This long line of former Chatham broadcasters includes Dan D’Uva, the play-by-play radio voice of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights who created the original Anglers show with his friend from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, Guy Benson, who now works as a political commentator for Fox News.
The duo began broadcasting games when they graduated from high school in 2003, and D’Uva returns to Chatham each summer to help mentor the next generation of Anglers media trainees.
“It’s kind of evolved into coaching the next generation of broadcasters, and that’s what amuses me the most,” D’Uva said.
Berbari credits D’Uva for finding the perfect mix of talent.
“He’s been so diligent in picking the right people from all over the country with different backgrounds to come here and really do what they love,” Berbari said.
Chatham Baseball Operations interns work alongside General Manager Mike Geylin and Manager Tom Holliday, and their responsibilities include maintaining advanced stats and assisting MLB scouts when they visit the veteran field to assess talents.
Jack Montgomery is the club’s MLB/GM scout liaison intern responsible for assisting Major League scouts during their visit. He also helps track stats, creates kickoff reports for the Chatham coaching staff, and offers assistance in any other way possible.
Montgomery, a Connecticut native and rising senior at UMass Amherst, began attending Cape League games as a child, joining his father, Ray Montgomery, who played for Chatham in 1989 and is now vice president of personnel for the players for the Los Angeles Angels. Yet even with that past perspective, the team’s scout/GM liaison intern is looking at this summer through an entirely different lens.
“When I was growing up, I came to these games but I had 8, 9, 10 [years old]”, Montgomery said. “I was young, I was getting their autographs and I thought these guys were the next big thing. college – but when I met a lot of these guys early on, I realized they were doing all the same things I was doing at their schools.
“It’s really cool that the players don’t treat interns like interns, they treat us like normal people,” he continued. “When I arrived I thought there would be a distinct separation between the interns and the players, but, you know, we’re all the same, they happen to be really good at baseball. It’s good that they let us accepted so easily.
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Recent/upcoming games for Chatham (9-13-3)
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July 19: Wareham 8, Chatham 1
July 21: Nightly in Chatham, 7 p.m.
July 23: Chatham at Brewster, 5 p.m.
July 24: Bourne at Chatham, 7 p.m.