By Mike Couzens

In Part 1, Mike discussed his daily routine, 2 a.m. shopping trips, and preparing for the game. Now for the rest of the story…

Another part of traveling with a team is learning how to travel efficiently on the bus. We travel on a standard, 55-passenger coach bus. We’ve got wireless Internet, which is nice. Some other teams around the league have satellite TV, outlets and those types of amenities.

I sit in the third row back on the right-hand side. Jose Valentin, Burt Hooton, and then me. One of these things is not like the other…

All of the staff members (coaches, trainer, strength coach, clubhouse manager, radio guy) get their own seat, meaning two adjoining chairs. The players, many of whom have to “double up” and share a seat, are left to fend for the rest of the chairs. On our first bus trip this season, staff took their seats and it became like a college classroom—wherever you sit on that first day is where you’re sitting for the rest of the season. Having been around the block before when it comes to bus rides, I took the seat in front of the overhead TV, making sure that there would be no light projecting onto my eyes during late-night bus rides. Clutch. Read More…

By Mike Couzens

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After being irritated into a state of consciousness, I reach out of my bed to quiet my cell phone/alarm clock, rattling annoyingly on the wooden nightstand to my right.

“6:00 already?” I think to myself.

We have a noon game today in Comstock Park, Michigan, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. I’m up early to make sure I get downstairs in time to grab some continental breakfast, check my email, shower and write up a blog post before the team’s first bus heads to the ballpark at 8:30. I’ll be on the air for the first time that day about three hours from when the bus leaves the hotel.

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By Mike Saeger

In Part 1, Mike discussed his radio broadcasting background, misperceptions about what he actually does, and long bus rides through West Texas. Now for the rest of the story…

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Most of my days during the season are a page right out of Groundhog Day. I’m a prep junkie so I usually start prepping for a game around 11 AM or noon at the absolute latest, and I don’t stop until close to game time, except to pop into the manager’s office for a few minutes or to occasionally hang out by the batting cage for a little bit. You do your game, wrap up, and then head home or back to the hotel. Bedtime is usually around 1 AM on the early side because you’re normally still pretty amped. I suppose downing copious amounts of coffee during the game doesn’t help much.

Thanks to modern technology it’s pretty easy nowadays to get information on players from any team. Google has become my best friend, but it also takes a long time. It’s worth it, though, because you can come up with some great background info that you’d otherwise have no idea to ask a player. For instance, Midland got a guy late last year named Matt Rizzotti. Pretty good hitter who had been originally signed by the Phillies. In doing some Googling I found an old newspaper story about how he found out he had something like 20/10 vision during an eye exam. There was a little more to the story but that was the gist of it. I would have never known that had I not spent some time trying to find some info on him. Read More…

By Mike Saeger

Hi folks! I’d like to start by thanking Padres Public for allowing me the opportunity to contribute to the blog. Hopefully I don’t bring down the quality of content too much.

Before I start I suppose you should be afforded a little bit of background. The 2013 season will be my fourth calling games for the San Antonio Missions, your Pads Double-A club. Before relocating to Texas I spent 15 years in the California League working for the Inland Empire team. That was preceded by a couple of quick stops in Vero Beach, FL and Augusta, GA. To save you the math, this year will mark my 23rd calling games in the minors.

One of the funny things about what I do is that very often when I meet someone and tell them I’m the announcer for whatever team I’m working, the inevitable response is, “Oh, so you’re the one doing the PA at the stadium.” That is always followed by the requisite, “No, actually I do the radio play-by-play. We have a different person who does the PA,” which is usually followed by something along the lines of, “Wow. So you call the games on radio. That means you must travel with the team. That must be pretty fun.” Read More…