The crew of a concert or stage production.
The wedding planner.
The stadium grounds crew.
The ticket office.
The light designers.
The parking attendants.
The concessions staff.
The same could be said for milestone events. No one hails the great work of:
The list goes on!
They don't get the applause, but without any one of them, the event wouldn't be complete. One of my friends shared the following video on Facebook. We became friends during our days of working for the San Diego Padres MLB team as members of the Pad Squad (pronounced pawd, not pad)!
This video is part of a series called Behind The Lights: The Coolest Jobs Behind The Biggest Sports. The Pad Squad may be known for throwing free stuff into the crowds with cannons and giant slingshots, but they do so much more than that. This video doesn't even capture how fast-paced our days were, but it's cool to get a chance to relive a piece of it!
Behind The Lights: Game Day with the Padres
Here are a few photos from my two seasons on the Pad Squad (2005-2006):
|Blitzing around town!|
|Yes, I got T-shirts to the upper deck!|
|I got to sing the national anthem (live!) both seasons! So fun!|
|Retro Day 2006|
|Yes, that is Carrie of Miss California/USA fame. I have no comment about "the controversy". We all had a wonderful time together on the squad.|
|A missed tradition for San Diego Padres fans!|
|We were such a shy group.|
The next time you're at a baseball game, take the time to acknowledge the many employees around you. A simple smile or "hi". And please, please, please -- be kind to the mascots! Those guys (and sometimes gals) are sweating their behinds off for long periods of time to entertain, boost crowd morale, and have fun with the kids. No one looks macho for beating up on a life-sized cartoon character, and blaming it on intoxication doesn't work either.
To all the people working behind the scenes at any event, cheers to you!