Front Office Friday: The Colossus of Calls … The Sultan of Sales … The Drag Dynasty King … Chris Dawson!
We’ve reached May, which means next month baseball returns to the Capital District! With just six weeks to go until Opening Night at “The Joe,” things have been getting busier and busier in the front office. Our Friday Night Lights high school baseball series continues with the second session of games tonight. We are full go at the Clifton Park Little League concession stands. SouthPaw is getting into serious shape making rounds at all that’s going on locally. The only thing missing is ValleyCats baseball, but that will be here sooner than you know it!
Last week, we said goodbye to a long-time ValleyCats front office member, Ryan Burke, who has taken a new position with the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.
Today, we’re introducing you to Senior Account Executive Chris Dawson. Many of you probably know him or have at least seen him each summer at “The Joe” since 2008. That was Dawson’s first season as an intern with the ’Cats. He spent the 2009 summer also as an intern and was offered a full-time position following that season. Aside from his regular duties, Dawson helps out with office morale by coordinating the majority of our team building activities.
Dawson is a Capital District lifer, having grown up in Halfmoon – or Clifton Park, as he likes to say. He graduated from Shenendehowa High and spent a couple years right here on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College. He later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. However, Dawson couldn’t wait to get back home to work for his hometown team.
When he’s not at the ballpark, Dawson is usually spending time with his family, though he no longer lives at home. He moved out of the homestead to Green Island and currently resides with our staff accountant Dan LaLonde. He also enjoys traveling and rooting for the Yankees and New York Giants. But we all know Minor League Baseball, and particularly the ValleyCats, will always hold a special place in his heart. After all, he is the King of the Drag Dynasty!
With that said, let’s get to know Chris a little bit better…
Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) Hopefully still working in sports in some capacity. I learned at a young age I wasn’t very good at playing, so I found other ways in which to be involved in sports.
Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) My Dad raised me to be a Yankee fan. I have a lot of great father / son memories revolving around the Yankees. This summer will be my 10th year having Sunday Season Tickets to the Yankees.
Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) My favorite sport other than baseball would be football. Growing up my brother and I both played and my younger sister was a cheerleader. You can definitely say we were a “Football Family”. My favorite NFL team is the New York Giants. The Giants are the only sports team my younger brother and I both root for; we spend a lot of time in the fall watching the G-Men with my family.
Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I love to travel, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation. I also really enjoy attending live sporting events and concerts. Typically my travel plans revolve around a sporting event.
Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) Anything that sounds good being played at a ballpark or that I can sing along to while driving.
Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) Without a doubt surf and turf. I am talking a big steak, full lobster and some kind of potato concluded with a piece of cheese cake.
Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) Growing up my family always had a dog. I am a huge dog advocate, which is why I love our Bark in the Park event. I also know how much work they can be, which is why I don’t personally have one. Also, as you know from my roommate Dan’s bio, he’s allergic to everything under the sun. Basically, at this time in my life my ideal pet would be a pet rock. They’re easy to maintain, I can talk to it whenever I like and Dan’s not allergic to it.
Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) I still love the baseball movies I grew up with; Little Big League, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot but as an adult I would probably say The Departed.
Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) I don’t even know where to begin. I would have to say my favorite moment would be the 2010 playoff run at “The Joe”. I had my parents and grandparents in the stands for it. Also, my younger brother was working for us in the concession stands at that time. This moment for me was really when the light bulb went off in my head that my childhood dreams to work in professional baseball had come true. Honestly anytime my family is attendance I enjoy it. It’s a huge perk of working for a team in your home community.
I also can’t leave out the day when Matt Callahan offered me my first full-time job working in baseball. That moment is one I will never forget either.
Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) Typically Super Heroes try to be more like me. I once heard the Ninja Turtles had posters of me hanging up on their bed room walls.
Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) If Charlie ever retired I could probably be the Bat Boy. I also spent some time umpiring prior joining the ValleyCats staff.
Q) What song would you choose for your walk-up music?
A) I would have to say Salt ‘N’ Pepa – “Whatta Man” … but Miley Cyrus’s – “Party in the USA” would be a close second.
Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “Doing the right thing is never the wrong thing to do” – Harvey MacKay
Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) Don Mattingly
Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) I would love to have dinner with Mark Cuban, George Steinbrenner and Babe Ruth. I would probably try and find a way to get my father a seat at the table as well and have my brother cook the meal. After the dinner I would want to hit up the town with guys like David Wells and the Babe.
Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) How much money are we talking about here? First, I would give my parents the opportunity to retire. Secondly, I would bring my family, friends and ValleyCats family away to a private island somewhere for a couple days to let loose. When I returned from my trip, I would definitely talk to Rick and Bill about some investment opportunities with the ValleyCats organization. Lastly I’d buy my brother a restaurant somewhere. He’s always wanted his own place and deserves a chance.
Thanks for all your hard work and for “hitting the phones” every day! If you don’t know, now you know!