This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
The first baseball game I ever attended was an Ogden Reds game in John Affleck Park. It was a summer evening in July. Sweat clung to player's brows as they ran bases. The stadium was lit up like a solar flare, and I was in heaven. That night my dad taught me an important baseball tradition — peanuts. And I'm talking real peanuts, the whole, salted kind that are still in the shell. To this day, I believe no ballgame is the same without them. So, I guess between talking about peanuts and feeling spring in the air, you could say I have a hankering for some baseball.
That's why I recently met with Dave Jacobson, general manager of the Provo Angels, a rookie league-advanced team for the Anaheim Angel's. Dave and his staff are passionate about developing the major league players of tomorrow.
To reach the major leagues, I know players have to go through the farm system. This system develops players' skills and confidence as they climb the ladder from rookie to the major leagues.
The Provo Angels are the second step up on the farm system's minor league ladder. Dave says this motivates players to perform their best, hoping to be noticed by major league scouts. This "make-it-or-break-it" attitude allows fans to get up-close and personal with ballplayers, making a Provo Angel's game just that much more exciting.
Dave tells me Utah County's family values make it the perfect home for the Provo Angels, whose community-oriented owners support educational programs and create additional community traditions like their annual Easter egg hunt.
The team currently plays at the Larry H. Miller field at Brigham Young University, but will move to a new home at Utah Valley State College in 2005.
The Provo Angels have stomped their rival, the Ogden Raptors, three seasons in a row, and Dave tells me they're looking forward to continuing the tradition.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.