MUSICAL NOTES AND SPORTS ITEMS:
REFLECTIONS OF BASEBALL PAST
♦As of this writing, the Red Wing baseball season, because of the Coronavirus, has not yet begun. This (should we get started) will be my 44th season as organist and I thought this would be a good time to reflect on my years with the team.
When I started in 1977, it was more of a one year event for me, something I thought would be fun as I loved baseball my whole life. Well, needless to say, the Red Wings have become a large part of my life. Not only for myself, but my whole family. My wife Cathie started as game night secretary two years after me and like myself, is still there. My three kids all worked there at one time or another. Chris started off as batboy and eventually he and Terry ran both clubhouses for years. With my daughter Jackie occasionally working there also, it kind of became the “Costello Red Wings.”
The Red Wings are a close knit family in that we socialize together away from the ballpark and consider each other friends. I think we’re blessed in that we really enjoy coming to work each game day.
We’ve had fun with promotions like the San Diego Chicken, a 9:00 am breakfast game, The World’s Longest Banana Split (90 ft. long!), a cow milking contest and so many others. We’ve also had so many great outside events at the ballpark with concerts by the Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Grateful Dead, U2, Foreigner and many more.
Over the years, there have been many celebrities featured at the ballpark including Whitey Ford, Hank Aaron, Carmen Basilio, Bob Feller, Jim Kelly. Dan Marino, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Pete Rose among others. It’s been a great 43 years and I hope that by the time you read this, things will be back to normal and we’ll be back at the ballpark doing what we do best.
Quote Of The Month: "The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.”
Bye for now…
Every Friday & Saturday – Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo
Charley Brown’s Restaurant – 1675 Penfield Rd.
(Listen to Fred at all the Red Wing home games)
This page was last updated on 5/4/2020.
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