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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…