The busiest man in baseball
The St. Paul Saints director of broadcasting and media relations took the initiative to unofficially name the new CHS Field press box after himself by printing out and hanging homemade signs. And the last person to leave the “Sean Aronson Press Box” each night is the man himself. Once he’s written a game recap, sorted through e-mail and updated the team website and social media accounts, his workday is completed — only hours before a new one begins.
Longtime Saints manager George Tsamis doesn’t mind Aronson claiming the naming rights. “It’s good to have a guy that knows what’s going on and has all the stuff ready the way you want it to be,” Tsamis said. “He’ll do anything you ask.” Here’s an example of Aronson’s grind from a July game day:
6 a.m.: Wakes up on the hour each day, no matter what time he goes to bed.
7 a.m.: Arrives at the gym for his daily workout.
9 a.m.: The workday begins in his office at the new CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown.
9:30 a.m.: Helps oversee a news conference for Xcel Energy’s new solar panel inside the ballpark.
10:35 a.m.: Fields calls from corporate sponsors about group events and suite availability.
11:20 a.m.: Answers blind calls from fans looking for tickets.
1:15 p.m.: Back in the office compiling a fact sheet for the front office.
1:40 p.m.: Copy edits his intern’s writing assignment.
2 p.m.: Preparations for his broadcast begin with research on the visiting pitcher.
2:30 p.m.: Puts on his crisis management cap to help solve a sales conflict.
3 p.m.: Eats a banana and heads to the press box to continue prepping for the broadcast.
3:30 p.m.: Stops by the clubhouse to do a pregame interview with a player or coach.
4:30 p.m.: Steps on the field to watch batting practice with the team and coaches and collect color for his play-by-play.
5:15 p.m.: Checks in with his staff and front office to make sure there aren’t any pregame loose ends.
6 p.m.: Unloads boxes from a sales client’s car.
6:30 p.m.: Uses his George Foreman grill and rice cooker to prepare his own dinner in the press box.
7:05 p.m.: Finally settles down to do what he loves most: call the game.
10:30 p.m.: Writes the game recap, updates the team website and social media accounts and catches up on e-mail.
11:30 p.m.: Shuts down the “Sean Aronson Press Box” and heads home, or showers at the stadium and hops the bus for a road trip.