Anglers Interns Bring Diverse Backgrounds, Skill Sets To Organization

By: Brad Joyal

From left: Chatham Anglers game day operations interns Nolan O’Brien, Michael Reeves, Katie Parker and Bailey Edgren pose for a photo during Monday’s game against Wareham at Veterans Field in Chatham. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Baseball League’s motto — “Where the Stars of Tomorrow Shine Tonight” — pays homage to the collegiate summer league’s longstanding track record of developing world-class Major League Baseball prospects.

However, the league’s “Stars of Tomorrow” moniker isn’t limited to the players on the field. Each team attracts talented interns from around the nation who are eager to spend a summer on Cape Cod while they try 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 across the country — from Mississippi, the South, the West Coast and several from Massachusetts — and they all come together and have just melded together well.”

The Chatham Anglers’ interns are divided into three categories: baseball operations, media and game day operations. All of the internships are unpaid and the interns are expected to secure their own housing for the season.

Game day interns are likely 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’ve picked up everything we’ve asked them to do and most of them have never done any of the things we’ve asked them to do,” West said. “We’ve got young ladies grilling and they’ve never grilled before.”

“The thing that sticks out to me is how much they really do rely on interns and they really do rely on the community to come together and help out these guys and these players,” said Caroline Fusco, a New Jersey native and rising junior at St. John’s University who is spending her summer in Chatham as a game day operations intern.

“And how supportive they are when they do leave the Cape and go to an MLB team — it’s like they still have a home here,” Fusco continued. “That was very surprising, that the community is so involved and there are so many different parts that run this organization.”

Katie Parker is another game day operations intern who has been a little surprised by how passionate the Anglers’ fanbase is.

“I knew the league was a really big deal, but something that has surprised me is just how big the fanbase is,” said Parker, who attends Ole Miss University in her hometown of Oxford, Miss. “Especially here in Chatham, how many people come out — it blew me away from the first game.”

While Parker came to Chatham from an entirely different region of the country, other interns have deep roots in town. That includes Maggie Menoni, a rising junior at Virginia Tech who calls Williamsburg, Va. home despite growing up visiting Chatham and attending Anglers games.

“My family is a military family, so I’ve moved all around and Chatham has always been home base for me,” 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 schools here, it’s just been summers. Because I grew up watching [Chatham], I’ve kind 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 the media interns a fresh perspective as somebody with a deep understanding of the organization. He's a little younger than the college-aged interns, having just turned 17.

“All that goes into the roster moves every single day, all that goes into producing the stat sheet that they hand out every day, the program... It’s a side of this organization and so many people that are in it that I never would’ve known about otherwise,” said Klein, a rising junior at Loomis Chafee School in Windsor, Conn.

At the forefront of the media team are its two broadcasters, play-by-play announcer and recent Fordham University graduate Emmanuel Berbari, a Long Island native, and his broadcast partner, Ben Shulman, a Toronto native and rising senior at Syracuse University.

“There’s a long lineage of broadcasters that have been here before me that have ended up being very successful,” Shulman said. “When I got the position, I got texts from tons and tons of people that I didn’t even know, or some that I didn’t even know worked for the A’s that are incredibly successful right now.”

That long lineage of former Chatham broadcasters includes Dan D’Uva, the radio play-by-play voice for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights who created the original Anglers broadcast with his friend from Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, Guy Benson, who now works as a political commentator for Fox News.

The duo started broadcasting games when they graduated from high school in 2003, and D’Uva returns to Chatham each summer to help mentor the next era of Anglers media interns.

“It’s sort of evolved into coaching the next generation of broadcasters, and that’s what’s so much fun for me,” D’Uva said.

Berbari credits D’Uva for finding the perfect blend of talent.

“He’s been so diligent about picking the right people from around the country with different backgrounds to come here and really do what they love,” Berbari said.

Chatham’s baseball operations interns work alongside general manager Mike Geylin and manager Tom Holliday, and their responsibilities include maintaining advanced statistics and assisting MLB scouts when they visit Veterans Field to evaluate talent.

Jack Montgomery is the club’s MLB scout liaison/GM intern in charge of assisting Major League scouts when they visit. He also helps track statistics, creates pitching reports for Chatham’s coaching staff, and offers help any other way he can.

Montgomery, a Connecticut native and rising senior at UMass Amherst, began attending Cape League games when he was a child, joining his father, Ray Montgomery, who played for Chatham in 1989 and is now vice president of player personnel for the Los Angeles Angels. Still, even with that past perspective, the team’s scout liaison/GM intern is looking at this summer through an entirely different lens.

“When I was growing up, I would come to these games but I as 8, 9, 10 [years old],” Montgomery said. “I was young, I was getting their autographs and thinking these guys are the next big thing. Some of them are — there’s no doubt these are some of the best players in all of college — but when I met a lot of these guys at first, I realized they are doing all of the same things I am 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 came into it, I thought there would be a distinct separation of interns and players but, you know, we’re all the same, they just happen to be really good at baseball. It’s been nice the way they’ve accepted us so easily.”

Email Brad Joyal at brad@capecodchronicle.com

 


Recent/Upcoming Games for Chatham (9-13-3)
July 18: Harwich 3, Chatham 2
July 19: Wareham 8, Chatham 1
July 21: Cotuit at Chatham, 7 p.m.
July 23: Chatham at Brewster, 5 p.m.
July 24: Bourne at Chatham, 7 p.m.