Saturday, January 10

Recapping the Round Table at Fenway; Part 2

After the round table discussion I spoke with Mike O'Malley, who did an amazing job hosting the event, getting the crowd to bid on some items up for auction. O'Malley joked that his show "My Own Worst Enemy" was already cancelled and that he had pretty much been reduced to a professional charity MC in the Boston Area. I asked O'Malley what strikes him most at an event like this. "Seeing the players and Theo participate is really great, this is their off season and these guys are still showing up and making a difference."

The highlight of the day for us was meeting Red Sox sideline reporter Heidi Watney. After posing for a few photos I asked Heidi if she thinks she is a celebrity in Boston now, she said Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo are the celebrities.

We also asked her what her favorite part of the job was, Heidi answered, "I'm part of the Red Sox organization, I travel with them and I love to travel. I get to know the guys really well and they'll all great guys." Hedi is looking forward to the 2009 season and is excited to leave for Spring Training in February.

Later in the night we made our way to the Paradise Rock Club for the "Cool Music" portion of the evening. O'Malley hosted and had Theo and Peter Gammons on stage for some baseball talk in between music. Lady luck was on our side again as we chatted with Theo Epstein and Peter Gammons for a few minutes.

Overall, I'd say the event was a resounding success. I don't have the actual dollar amount raised for The Foundation to be Named Later, however judging by the crowd and auction items I'd say they did pretty well. I'd encourage everyone to attend this event in the future, the day is for charity and talking with the Gammons, Epstein, Heidi and others is an experience no Red Sox fan can pass up. Definitely a top 5 day in my book.

1 comment:

D Vicino said...

I must agree with Tim's assessment of the event and day as a whole. Everything far exceeded our expectations. Hanging out and chatting with Theo and Heidi Watney is something we'll be telling anyone who will listen to us about for years. There are more stories from the night that we simply can't blog about, but we'll just say we had a great time.

Can’t wait until next year’s event.

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