Birds Watcher Staff:
Domenic A. Vadala, Managing Editor/Lead Columnist
I’ve been in and around sports since I was a child as a player, coach, and a fan. I coached youth basketball from 1996-’99, and consistently led the league in technical fouls. In one famous incident in 1999, I was tossed out of a game for protecting a player from what I perceived as poor officiating. I can still be heard barking at umpires from my perch in section 17 of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. When I’m pretending to work at my day job, my true profession of choice is that of a sports fan, analyis, critic, etc. I try as hard as I can to be a positive force on behalf of my favorite team, and while I’ll be critical if necessary, I try to do it in a constructive way. I attended my first Oriole game at Memorial Stadium with my Dad when I was eight years old. The Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 4-2 that day, and we had the most amazing seats, about halfway up the lower concourse behind home plate. While the “old lady” was far from a thing of beauty, to that point I had never seen grass so green, tasted hot dogs so good, or smelled beer so cold! Since then I’ve been to numerous other games, and I try to get out to at least ten or eleven or twenty per season if I can. Each time I go I pay a bit of homage to that eight year old boy sitting in Memorial Stadium with his father. Go O’s!!!
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My name is Mike Franz and I am a sophomore at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, IN). This year I have been the beat writer of the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Team for the athletic program’s In The Paint blog. Along with writing for Notre Dame Athletics, I am Holy Cross College’s first ever mascot.
Hailing from Baltimore, I have been a lifelong Orioles fan. My grandpa worked for the Orioles organization during the 1980s in the ticket office and I am pleased I can write about the team he loved to watch and work for. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to write for Birds Watcher and I can’t wait to get started. Go O’s!!!
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