Tag Archive | Summer

Cape League Reviews

Since buying our house in Brewster in 2000, the Cape Cod Baseball League has been a regular part of our summertime merriment. We’ve followed the Brewster Whitecaps through many summers, tough games, and two different home fields. I’ve been to every single field in the league and I’ve formed many memories. I’ve also gotten to work in and around the league. 

In 2012, I interned for the Whitecaps as a gameday ops intern, taking donations at the gate, selling 50/50 raffle tickets, setting up the stands and cleaning them up post game, hanging banners and advertisements in the outfield, and promoting the team and players wherever I could. Three years later, I rejoined the Caps as the team’s writer and social media intern. The year after, I had a hybrid internship that had me splitting time as a game day ops guy and a writer. This year, I’m working for Lower Cape TV as a cameraman and production guy broadcasting Whitecaps games. So I’m back on Cape and working around the league and the Whitecaps again. I also started writing reviews of Cape League ballparks. I’ve kept myself plenty busy in recent summers. 

About that last thing though, I never actually finished the review project. I did a review of my home park in Brewster and never did more. What happened? Simple: I got distracted by other stuff. I was writing for the Whitecaps and had enough on my plate at the time. This summer, I’m finally gonna get that done. I’m gonna review every ballpark in the Cape League. That includes redoing my look at Stony Brook Field in Brewster. I’ll be judging the field based on location, seating, food, aesthetics, and general atmosphere, each on a scale of 10 points. 

I’ll just lay out my favorite ballparks as they are now. And I am excluding Brewster from this initial ordering. I’m a little biased in their favor. 

  1. Chatham
  2. Orleans 
  3. Cotuit
  4. Hyannis
  5. Harwich
  6. Yarmouth-Dennis
  7. Bourne
  8. Wareham
  9. Falmouth

I’ll reevaluate all my opinions on these fields as the summer goes on. I’m quite curious to see how the fields matchup. Here’s to baseball! 

Discernment: Summer’s Contributions

Discernment seems to be almost exclusive to my Catholic friends. I’ve never heard that word used in conversation with any group other than Catholic folks or in any circumstance other than vocational talks. But I’ve found it to be essential for living the faith correctly and it is how long term goals and trips should be approached. Let me define it before moving on to anything else. Discernment is the process of trying to understand where God is calling you to go both in the short term and in the long run. It’s something I’ve been working on in various ways for my time so far in college. And I’ve actually had the most productive time for discernment this past summer. Great! Wait, how? Do you have to be going out of your way to directly ask God? Well, no. That might actually be the worst way to discern. The more you sit down and ask God where you should go, the more you just sit and ask and look for an answer when you can and should get up, live, and let God give you His answers as they come. I’m guilty of doing that over and over again… especially this semester. I spent a lot of time on my own, thinking, praying, and looking for God’s answers instead of actually working to find the best uses of my time and energy. Needless to say, this resulted in a bad semester for me. 

So what did I do this summer? Not a whole lot of sitting and thinking, and a whole lot of going, doing, and living. My findings? Well let’s just say there’s a bunch of productive stuff. First, a big thank you to the Cape League and Cape Cod Sea Camps for helping me know for certain what I want to do for a living: not food service. Ok more specifically, I want to do sports writing and coverage for a living. I had an amazing time covering the Whitecaps this season, writing the game stories, and doing all the social media work for the team. I loved it. I felt like that’s what I want to do for a living after doing it for a summer. What made it clearer for me is that I enjoyed it while being exhausted from my paying job to the point of literally falling asleep in my seat at some of the games. I’m going to the Cape League championship game today even though I am so tired from work. Yep, I’ve found something I like enough to do even when my reserve energy tanks are empty. Sweet. 

The work discernment also helped me determine another important piece of the process: Vocational discernment. Before this summer I spent a good amount of time thinking if I was to be a priest or to be working and having a family. Around Holy Week, I racked my mind with this question and could not get a good answer. I decided that I would use the summer to help figure out that part of my journey. With the summer close to being over, I can say pretty definitively that I’m not called to enter the seminary. As I stated above, I don’t feel called to the work in the seminary. I feel called to the press box or press row and to tell the beauty of he stories I see, especially the sports stories that I might be able to provide some insight into. I admire the work of the Priest and know that it is essential to have great Priests to make the Church work in any capacity. I also don’t feel like that’s where I’m supposed to be. This hit me yesterday when a friend announced via a Facebook post that he will enroll in the seminary to become a priest. I was thrilled to hear that he will do that and I’m excited for him! He’ll do an incredible job! There’s just one disconnect for me, I don’t feel like I can follow him. I’ve had other friends who’ve entered and when they announced their plans I thought that I could join up be a priest too. I guess that was my mindset at the time or where I was in my faith journey that told me I could do that as a viable option. But yesterday when I heard the news, no. I was happy for my friend but nothing more than that. I’ll always be a Catholic, but that doesn’t mean I have to join the seminary to be a good Catholic male. 

Having the seminary off my list opens up one huge thing that I do feel called to, but in the long term: having a family. I know I have to have a girlfriend whom I marry then have kids with in order to have a family of my own and currently I don’t have that chance now. It’ll be a while before I have that, from what I can tell. And I have no issue with this. I can be patient and find my chances and take them when needed. I feel comfortable looking for them because I am quite sure that I’m called to have a family and kids. I feel comfortable working with and serving them at my camp job, I love making the campers smile, I loved entertaining the kids at the Whitecaps games whenever I could, and I feel comfortable doing the needed parent-roles. I’ll be patient and look for my chances to make that sort of life happen, but I do feel called to that life. 

It’s oddly comforting to have these sorts of details sorted out before I begin my senior year at BU. now to act on it and make it actually happen! I hope people reading this understand an important piece of discernment advice: Live and Learn! That’s the best way to find God’s call. It worked wonderfully well for me! Hope it helps you a bit. 

Summer Adventures

So I’ve not written on here in a while. There’s a good reason for that, I’ve had very little free time and not a ton of energy! It’s been a real adventure this summer, and I feel it’s time I take a moment to recount how the ride has been so far. For context, this is what I said when the summer began about what I could expect and look for from the Cape, at least generally. 

First off, my two jobs have been a wonderful time. I work in the kitchen of Cape Cod Sea Camps, a summer camp right along the beach of Cape Cod Bay. There’s a resident camp, where kids live in cabins for weeks of the summer, and a resident camp, where more local kids spend their mornings and afternoons doing cool and fun things like sailing, play sports, and other usual camp things. I may work at a summer camp, but this is a kitchen job. I’m up early every work day; usually 5 AM to be ready for a 6 AM shift. I set up meals, serve hungry kids and counselors, clean up the kitchen after the meal, help any small projects that need work, set up the line for the next meal, serve it, and clean that meal up. It’s real work, but really quite satisfying. I serve kids, do what I can to get them smiling, and I feel satisfied at the end of my shift that I’ve accomplished something. 

But to be honest, the real reason I’m here is for my other job. I am the Journalist intern for the Brewster Whitecaps Baseball Team. I write the game stories, interview the players and coaching staff, manage the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages of the team, and help manage the website.  Needless to say, I have absolutely LOVED this job to this point. It’s made better by the privilege to cover some excellent players, being on Cape Cod, and working with some other wonderful interns. It is my dream to do something like this for a profession, so it’s a great way to get some experience as a writer and an interviewer. I’ll still need to get better, but I have learned quite a bit since I started doing this sort of thing in November. 

I’ve had a good amount of down time too. I’ve had enough time to hang out at the pool, go out in a kayak or a paddle board, and just take a breather from what is a tiring schedule. It’s been difficult to have to fill some of my free time with the Red Sox this season, given how bad it has been. It is made up for in a big way by Pedro Martinez, one of my favorite athletes of all time, being inducted into the Hall of Fame and getting his uniform number retired. I managed to get tickets to his number retirement game! Needless to say I am crazy excited about this and I will enjoy a unique night at Fenway. It’ll add a nice memory to the expanding list of memories I’ve already experienced there. I do have an extra ticket, so I have to find someone who would like to use it. 

All in all, I’d say this has been an excellent summer. Worth all my time and energy, and plenty of fun along the way. There’s a week left in the regular season of the Cape League, and then the playoffs! And 3 weeks total left of camp. I’ll make sure to enjoy the rest of my time down here on the Cape!

Pools are Nice

i wake up at 5 AM 5 days a week to go to a 6-2:30 work shift at the kitchen at a camp I went to as a kid. It’s a good job, but it wears me out. That’s why I’m very behind on the review projects I planned on doing on this blog of the golf courses and the ballparks of the Cape. I’m getting caught up on those, and I’ll get them out as soon as I can. 

For now though, I’m relaxing. I’m just chilling at the pool, reading a little and putting my troubles aside for a bit. There’s something wonderfully relaxing about taking a swim in cool water. It cools you off, washes you, and relaxes your muscles. It’s very nice. And note, I said cool, not cold water. Cold water has benefits, it’s why athletes use ice tubs, but it’s still FAR from pleasant. It’s not something I would willing do without some benefit beyond just relaxing my muscles. 

The best part of time spent at the pool? Time in the hot tub. Oh how I love hot tubs!! I love sitting down in wonderful warm water. It’s so calming and so perfectly relaxing. It’s the perfect change of pace from my usual schedule and a lovely cool down opportunity for me. When I have my own house, I will build a hot tub and I do want to use it frequently. Thank you Cape Cod for showing me that. 

If anyone reads this and hasn’t used a hot tub before, take a few minutes to just sit in one and let the hot water loosen you up. It’s marvelous! And it’s helping me get the energy needed to do my summer work. 

I’m Tired

Its been exactly a year since I ended my first run of the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Here’s what I wrote at the end of the challenge.


Since that time, well let’s just say it’s been eventful and call it a day. I don’t have the time or space here to go through all that’s happened in the year since then. So I’ll sum it up with a simple two word phrase: I’m tired.

I’ve been through a long summer job and fantastic show last summer, two tumultuous semesters, a hard breakup, a whirlwind adventure in the broadcasting world at BU, and an interesting (if hard) spiritual development. And all I feel at the end of it is tired; absolutely drained.

I should say this before anything else, I’m not in a bad position. I have my health, I have many good things in my life, and I have a spectacular summer ahead of me. I’m not doing badly, I’m just worn down. It’s as if I’ve gained 5 years in just 1. As if I became a 40 year old soul in a 20 year old’s body. And I’m not sure how good that is.

I still have enough energy to work and function as per usual, and I’m still in many respects the same guy. I’m still up for an adventure into a city I’ve not been to. I still love doing sports stuff. In fact I might love it more now than at any other point in my life. I still love God and the Catholic Church. I still love having political discussions and trying to reach a good and truthful conclusion on hard issues. I still have so much fun with many of the same things that I’ve enjoyed for years now. I just don’t have the energy level I once did. At least it feels that way.

When I was a kid, I was the energizer bunny. I could go for hours and hours and hours, playing baseball, running through my yard, biking, talking, doing whatever. I always had a reserve tank of energy. I could always power through a day, regardless of how long, and still have energy to spare at the end of it. I could still do that going back to the early days of college. I can still kinda pull it off now. But I can’t do it on demand. I’m also not as full of energy on a normal basis as I was even last year. My most frequent response to people asking me “How are you?” has been “I’m tired” or some variation of that. It’s a little alarming, but I’ve accepted it as where I am right now.

I hope that a summer on the cape will reenergize me and get me nice and recharged. This place has done that so many times before. I know that baseball can do that for me too. Again, it’s done it so many times for me before. But I’ll need a huge reset from this summer. It’ll be a long process, but I think I’m up for it and It’ll be a fruitful summer. In many respects it already has been. TRL Hockey took me on as a staff writer and the Brewster Whitecaps have given me some excellent work on the young season. It’s been a pleasure being around them and they’ve started the recharge. I just need the rest of the summer for it to run its course. For now at least, I’m still tired!!

The Review Is In

I’ve used this blog to express my thoughts on a wide array of topics. Baseball, school, music, theatre, politics, love, and numerous other topics of worthy discussion. I’ve enjoyed running this blog for the past year plus now. I want to diversify my content and style a bit. Looking at ways I can do that gave me an idea: Doing Reviews. Specifically reviewing two general places I’ll be spending a lot of time at this summer, ballparks and golf courses.

Working for the Whitecaps this summer means I’ll be going to every ballpark in the Cape League. And any bit of free time or vacationing I get this summer, especially if I’m with my dad, will be spent on a golf course. So I may as well put them to good use. I’ll determine the metrics to be used in the reviews and how to weigh them in determining my enjoyment of the park and course. When I start rolling these out, hopefully you enjoy them!

Cape Cod: Summer Nostalgia

The semester is now over. So for now, so long Boston! I’m off to the Cape for the summer!

Well I was there and I will be back soon. After my semester ended last week, I went to the cape to plan my job situation. I have an internship with the Brewster Whitecaps, a team in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the summer. I’ll be writing the team’s games for the whole season. Basically, it’ll be my writing job for the BU basketball team, but for a different sport, team, and league. I can’t express enough how excited I am to start. If you go to one of these games, you get to see good baseball, played by the best collegiate ballplayers in the nation, for free, and in gorgeous Cape Cod. Clean air, crisp sunsets, a cool summer breeze, gorgeous sunlight during the day. It’s a marvelous mix that makes for a wonderful experience. The only problem with Brewster’s set up is that there’s no lights, so we can’t have night games, but oh well. 

But wait, what else did I have to figure out? Well the internship is unpaid. I, being a college student, I have this weird little thing called a lack of money. I need a job to earn a little money. I went ahead and got work with the kitchen staff at Cape Cod Sea Camps. I attended the camp and am a member of that family for the rest of my life. It’s a wonderful atmosphere and there are some fantastic people and memories there.  




  I loved it then, and I’m happy I get to return in some capacity, even if it’s not a glamorous one at all, which kitchen work isn’t. It pays, and it allows me to do the Whitecaps internship. 

And still, this was not the end of my nostalgia trip. I was only there for parts of 2 days and I had a bevy of moments that brought me back to my childhood. Camp, seeing my Cape house, and baseball related stuff were the strongest moments, but I had some serious flashbacks when driving around and getting ice cream at night, getting food at the Brewster House of Pizza, which is my favorite pizza place ever, and just hanging out and enjoying the place. 

There were two other awesome experiences that could only be had on the cape. The first was when I went to Stony Brook, a fun little old mill that’s not used for anything more than a quiet place for picnics, gatherings, and quiet reflection. In the first weeks of May, there’s an amazing happening. Herring fish swim up stream. A huge pack of them!! Dozens and dozens and dozens of fish! 

    And some of them do get eaten by the seagulls, but we don’t talk about that too much.  

    If they survive a gauntlet of hard jumps and seagulls, they make it to this peaceful and pristine pond so they can procreate. Sounds like a pretty good reward. 

The last moment of the trip was the one that most made me sit back in awe of the beauty that awaits me this summer. I got a dinner of fried shrimp and French fries. My mom and I drove to Rock Harbour beach, rolled down the windows, opened the sun roof, and enjoyed our dinner out there to this view. 

I get to experience good golf, baseball, beach weather, sunsets, good food, money, and great experiences. Man do I have a great summer ahead of me! Much like some of the summers that have passed to memory.