Front Office Friday: Now stepping up to the mic, Anthony Pettograsso!
Have you seen the weather report for this weekend? The Capital District is supposed to approach and surpass the 70 degree mark for the first time in 2014! Is it a coincidence that this weekend also drops us into single-digits on the weekly countdown to Opening Night at “The Joe?”
That’s right, we’re down to nine weeks until the first pitch is thrown! We have a lot of fun community appearances coming up, including our 4 in 24 Field Renovation this coming Thursday and youth baseball and softball opening ceremonies later this month.
The warm weather is getting everyone outside and spring activities are popping up everywhere. You can expect to see more of us in the coming weeks out and about. With that said, let’s introduce you to a familiar voice.
Anthony Pettograsso has been the man behind the mic since our third season in Troy. Along with being the Public Address “Voice of the ValleyCats,” Anthony is also our Promotions Manager. He oversees our promotional team and assists with gameday production.
A native of East Greenbush, Anthony has spent the past 12 years working in college athletics. He was an Assistant Director of Athletic Programs here at Hudson Valley Community College and has worked with UAlbany in a game operations and facilities management role. You’ve also likely seen Anthony and heard his voice if you have attended Albany Devils games.
Here’s a little bit more about the guy we call AP, who happens to be our PA guy…
Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) I’ve spent most of my life is some shape or form working in sports, so I’d have to believe it would be along those lines. My dream is to announce a national sporting event in a Major League stadium or arena.
Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) The 27 time World Series Champion New York Yankees!
Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) Baseball will always be my first love…but Football runs a close second. J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! They’ve gotta get over the hump one of these years…right?
Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I’ve been known to play a little bass guitar in my spare time and I’m slowly improving my skills with the six-string. I’m an avid boxer and I’ve also recently discovered the world of CrossFit. So, between music, the gym, and “The Joe” my schedule is pretty booked!
Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) That’s the toughest question you could ask me. I’m a huge fan of all music. It really depends on the day. One day it could be a little Zac Brown Band…the next some Metallica could fit the mood. Above all else you can never go wrong will some Eddie Vedder & Pearl Jam.
Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) That depends who is cooking! When you ate as much pasta as I did growing up you learn to love anything with a nice homemade sauce, but if I had to choose one meal it would be your traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Yum.
Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) Seeing as I own 2 cats (Bruce Wayne and Isis…yes, I am a Batman nerd) I’d have to go with…cats. They sleep all day…greet me when I get home…then go back to sleep. What more do you want in a pet?
Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) Top 5 (in no particular order):
-The Dark Knight (ok, this may be #1)
-Animal House (if you don’t know what “Double Secret Probation” is then we can’t be friends)
-Ghostbusters (Go get her Ray!)
-The Sandlot (Fireworks without Ray Charles’ American the Beautiful is just plain wrong)
-Pulp Fiction (If you haven’t seen it…stop what you are doing and go now…you’ll thank me later)
Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) I’m one of the few people who have been lucky enough to be a part of the ValleyCats organization since the very first season. Of course the two championships (2010 & 2013) were amazing! Hosting the All-Star game in 2008 was another awesome experience…but if I had to pick one moment we need to go all the way back to the very first game in 2002. Before I stepped behind the microphone in the production room I was a part time member of the grounds crew. It was the bottom of the 8th inning on Opening Night in 2002. I believe the ‘Cats were trailing when Adam Suess crushed a Grand Slam over the Right Field fence. The stadium erupted and the ‘Cats went on to win 8-3. It was a special night that has led to countless memorable moments over the last 12 seasons!
Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) Super powers? Batman doesn’t need super powers…
Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) I was somewhat of a utility guy back in the day…but I think I like my home behind the mic in the production room!
Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “Do or do not. There is no try” -Yoda
Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) Growing up I was a huge fan of Rickey Henderson….but if we are talking “All-time” I think my answer would have to be Joe DiMaggio.
Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Eddie Vedder, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, & Bill Ennis (my late grandfather)
Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) Buy Wayne Enterprises and become The Batman! Or maybe just some Season Tickets to the ValleyCats…it could go either way really.
Thank you, Anthony! Glad to have you on full-time this season and looking forward to hearing you announce the TWO-TIME NYPL CHAMPION Tri-City ValleyCats!