Monday, March 26, 2007
Buffalo Bisons roll out the red carpet on Media Day
Check out the new home uniforms...those red unis with the classic red Buffalo logo look sweet!
New Bisons radio voice Ben Wagner and I got to sit down and talk baseball, sports and Buffalo stuff.
What better way to get into the baseball spirit than to to head down to Dunn Tire Park on a warm and sunny March day... the grass is green, the ballpark looks to be in great shape, and in less than 10 days it will be time to "Play Ball" for the 2007 season.
The team held its annual "Media Day" at Pettibones this afternoon, and it's always a great chance to reconnect with familiar faces, meet some new people, and see all the exciting things the team has in store for the new season.
The team had a display of some of the new merchandise, and also were modeling the new home uniforms, which look pretty snazzy. PR coordinator Brad Bisbing said they were still sticking with the sliding Bison and the green/black colors as the primary identity for the team.
I got a chance to sit down with the new Voice of the Bisons, Ben Wagner, and he is positively giddy about making his new home in Buffalo and his new job as the play by play guy. Ben and his wife just got settled in their apartment in Williamsville last week, and he got a taste of what a great sports town Buffalo is last Friday, when he was dining downtown and watching the streets explode with joy as the Sabres mounted their furious rally against the Leafs.
All the Bisons media regulars in attendance today were giving Ben the warm welcome and making him feel at home.
GM Mike Buczkowski gave me an inside peek as to the process of filling the important job of play by play announcer in a very short time frame. They only learned as late as February that Rosie was leaving the team, and had to interview and hire someone quick. We will have more on this in our kickoff "Play Ball" column next week in Artvoice.
Oh one more thing... when the Bisons sent out the alert with the invitation, Brad indicated that there would be samples of the new iced capuccino and beef brisket for us to try. So I show up and there's a whole frikkin' buffet set up...penne pasta with sausage, barbecued chicken strips, chicken finger wraps, pastrami with melted cheese, bacon cheeseburgers, a dozen different desserts. I know I left some stuff out. Man oh man they always feed us well there!
Opening Day is Thursday, April 5 at 3PM vs. Richmond. Can't come soon enough for me!