Talking Baseball: Jeff Schaefer
Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.
As part of my job as the PR/Media Relations Director with the Charlotte Knights, I get the opportunity to work with some great people. That’s why I love what I do.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet former Charlotte O’s/Charlotte Knights infielder Jeff Schaefer. He’s a baseball guy, I’m a baseball guy, and we talked baseball. We talked about the state of the game. We talked about what the game used to be and where it was going. We even talked about Strat-O-Matic!
Jeff loves to talk baseball. He is baseball.
Since February, 2015, Jeff has been talking baseball weekly on Saturday mornings at 11 AM on 610 AM WFNZ. He talks about the game of baseball from the Little League level to the Major League level. And why not? He worked as hard as anyone to make that transition across every level of the game. He spent parts of five seasons in the majors. Each week, I get to talk baseball with him on air and it’s a blast.
And now, among other things, he’s giving back to the Charlotte community.
“Schaef” was at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, October 16 to talk baseball. He was also on hand to look at the Diamonds Direct Luxury Lounge, which will host the first-ever “Home Plate Gala” in support of the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” on November 7th.
The UDACF was first developed with the idea of leveling the playing field for underprivileged players. For many, the cost to participate at the level necessary to achieve collegiate exposure was simply beyond reach. UDACF bridges that gap and provides the disadvantaged with the necessary support to advance their dreams. With your support the UDACF looks to continue this service and take it even farther with even more players of all ages being reached.
I caught up with Jeff to talk about the game of baseball, the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” and their big “Home Plate Gala” on November 7th.
The event will be a celebration of the game of baseball. There will be many prominent figures from around the Carolinas on hand to talk baseball. Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach Tom Walter will receive the 2015 UDACF Spirit of the Game Award. Director of USA Baseball, Rick Riccobono will deliver the keynote speech.
Talking Baseball – Episode #1: Jeff Schaefer
For more information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, check out their website at http://www.udacf.org. To listen to the Schaefer Baseball Report on WFNZ online every Saturday at 11 AM, follow this link: http://wfnz.com/listen-live/