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Don't tell me it's not a small world

August 9, 2008 - Craig Harvey
Recently I attended a Cleveland Indians game as they were playing the Detroit Tigers.

I obtained a media credential seeking a story on players who have played in Jamestown.

Brandon Inge, the now starting catcher for the Tigers, played for the Jammers as did Tigers pitcher Zach Miner. Also spending time in Jamestown was manager Jim Leyland with the Jamestown Falcons in the PONY League.

Before the game, I met with the three and found out I had no story when Leyland said he couldn't even remember the team name nor the city.

So there I sat in the press box of Progressive Field watching the game with no story when a gentleman sitting next to me began talking to me.

The conversation was general and I eventually asked him who he was with. I was expecting him to say he was with the Detroit Free Press or a Detroit-based newspaper. He told me he was a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Needless to say, I was caught offguard.

Later in the game, he asked me who I was with and what I was doing. I told him I was with the Dunkirk Observer and told him I was talking to players who were once part of the New York Penn League.

He asked me, "What New York Penn League team?"

I said the Jamestown Jammers.

He responded, "Oh yes. I am familiar with Jamestown. I managed the Jamestown Expos in 1986 and 1987."

Excuse me?

I asked his name and he told me he was Gene Glynn.

With approximately 50 people sitting in a press box at Cleveland, what are the chances I am sitting next to Gene Glynn who managed my hometown team when I was 4 years old?

The game was 13 innings long and lasted 5 1/2 hours. We had plenty to talk about.

We shared some jokes together and talked baseball throughout the game. While I was upset I left the stadium with no story, I also left with a sense of satisfaction as my conversations with Glynn will be remembered as it was my first time sitting at a Major League Baseball press box with something in common with a pro scout.


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