Orioles 2011…To me, It’s all about the F-Word

March 31, 2011 | Drew Forrester

on the radio and write about it here, but it’s not going to be the main focal point of this endeavor.

Attendance?  Just like the record, it will be what it will be.  No sense in worrying about that stuff now.

I’m going to focus on creating this program in conjunction with The John Carroll School that not only gets children and their parents to the ballpark, but adds an educational element to it all as well.

I wish I would have written a report on my memories back in the 1970’s when I was going to the stadium with my mom and dad.  It would be cool to look back on it all now, even though I still have crystal clear pictures in my mind about those great days on 33rd Street.

In 2011, we’ll give 81 children the chance to put their memories on paper and talk about the great day they shared with their mom or dad at the stadium.  And through the fine people at John Carroll, they’ll also have their review evaluated and entered into the grand prize contest.

And I have a feeling the parent who attends will have a cherished memory that doesn’t require a written report.

As you can see, there’s very little hard work involved.

It’s all fun.

And that’s the way it should be at the ballpark.

I was asked to write something that best illustrates my hopes and thoughts on the upcoming baseball season in Baltimore. To me, there’s NOTHING more important right now than getting people to go back to the stadium.  Nothing.  Not wins and losses.  Not home runs.  Not Zach Britton.

People need to go back to the stadium.

And that’s what our “Family and Baseball” program is going to do in 2011.

The winning and losing will be reported on and broken down 10 different ways every morning on my show and here at WNST.net.

Our role as a media entity is definitely to COVER THE TEAM AND THE GAMES.

But I’m also going to suggest that we, at WNST, and the rest of the media members in town who REALLY care about Baltimore (and there aren’t many…) have to carry on with a greater cause.

We have to make our community better.  We have to enrich the lives of people who listen to us, read us, follow us, “like us” and all of the other connective propoerties that today’s ever-growing social media world provides.

In short, like Hal Steinbrenner said about his team, we, at WNST, have a “sacred obligation” to those of you who rely on us for your sports information.  We rely on you to visit, patronize and support our sponsors, because they’re the ones who help keep the radio station and web-site alive and well.  And the circle of friendship should include something that WE do for you to show our appreciation for your support.  That “something” – for me, anyway – will be “Family and Baseball 2011”.

In short, we owe this kind of stuff to you.

Let’s go to the ballpark…

I’ll see you there.

To apply for a game to attend in 2011 with your child, send me an email (drew@wnst.net) and tell me your child’s name, age and school he/she attends.  I’ll reply with the registration process and provide you with a calendar to select your game.  The report is due back to me (via email or U.S. mail) no later than 2 weeks after the game you attend.