Gadomski hits the ground running as Titans GM
TORRINGTON - Walking the Fuessenich Park concourse, Ed Gadomski could barely take multiple steps without finding work to do.
At 5:15 p.m., he was touching base with interns about promotions.
At 5:30 p.m., he was preparing the ticket booth.
At 5:45 p.m., he was meeting with workers in the press box.
At 6:15 p.m., he was doing a radio interview.
At 6:30 p.m., he was taking the tickets from fans as they entered the park.
As the new General Manager of the Torrington Titans, it didn't take long for Gadomski to figure out the toughest part of his new gig: managing time.
"I'm very excited, but at the same time overwhelmed," Gadomski said prior to Torrington's 7-4 loss in the season-opener to Wachusett Thursday. "There is a lot that goes into this job and, of course, it can be very time consuming. It's well worth it, though, and I love it."
Gadomski also serves as commissioner of the Tri-State League, a position he's held since 2003. He turned Tri-State from a six-team league known for its beer consumption into a 17-team force with towns craving for admission. If Gadomski has half the success he's had with Tri-State, the Titans will be in great shape.
Despite some similarities, the differences in the jobs were apparent quickly for him.
"It's night and day." Gadomski said. "This job is a true minor league baseball team type of operation. From dealing with sponsors, fundraisers and tickets, it's very much like running a professional team."
Gadomski says the Titans have doubled their amount of sponsors, fundraisers and group outings from last season. With those increased numbers, he hopes to see attendance increase significantly from 2012, a year in which Torrington averaged 575 fans per contest. Gadomski says the goal is to average 1,000 a game.
One way to reach such a goal is with a local flavor on the field. Led by former Wamogo star Mike Odenwaelder, Torrington has 10 players from Connecticut on its roster. Expect more to come.
"The roster was all set when I took over, but down the road I'd like to see even more local players," Gadomski said. "I'd like the ratio to be at least 50-50 if possible. It's easy sometimes for a local kid to be overlooked and I want them to get every opportunity to play here. It's easier for them to stay home for the summer after being away all year at school and the community loves to see them play as well."
Roster moves, promotions, sponsors, ticket sales, and, oh, the Tri-State League, too. Needless to say, it will be hard to find someone with a heavier schedule than the Titans' new leader. Based on his positive energy and attitude, it's easy to see Gadomski's up for the challenge.
"I've been welcomed with open arms by everyone here," Gadomski said. "They feel secure since I'm a local guy and see the success we've had with Tri-State. I'm hoping for the same success here."
Don't bet against it.