Titans launch 2015 campaign on Thursday, June 4.
TORRINGTON: There was a laundry list of things that newly named Torrington Titans General manager Chris Myslow wanted to get done when he was named the team’s new boss earlier this year.
Three of them stuck out as Myslow prepared to launch the team’s 2015 campaign which begins on Thursday, June 4 when they host the Pittsfield Sun.
“I wanted to make it a more kid friendly environment that parents would want to bring their families,” Myslow said, “I also wanted to save families money along the way and give them a quality experience in every aspect of their time at the park.”
To that end, Myslow seems to have hit the nail on the head as the Futures Collegiate Baseball League franchise that makes their home at Fuessenich Park sets sail on a 54-game two-plus month season.
“One of the first things I did was to allow all kids 10 and under in for free,” Myslow said, “Secondly, we have brought in three terrific students from Oliver Wolcott Tech to run the concession stand. They have brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the stand already and I expect they will do a great job this summer.”
Saving people money is never a bad thing, as is making sure you give your patrons a quality meal at a reasonable price when they do venture down to the concession stand.
“We have also lowered some of our prices at the stand,” Myslow said. “And we will have Berkshire Pizza in the stand all summer long.”
The long standing eatery is within walking distance of the park and as everybody knows, variety and quality in the concession stand is important.
Working with the three students from Wolcott Tech is a natural as these students are in the culinary field at the high school and at some point during the season will be given the option of being creative with the menu from time to time.
Maybe a limited addition meatball grinder or a chicken parmigiana.
Come on, in this day and age of the martini in major league ballparks, variety sells.
Beer will still be sold at Fuessenich Park after making its debut last summer with no complaints from the Park and Recreation department or the Mayor’s office and there will be no price increase from a year ago.
The Titans are coming off a 28-25 record a year ago, good for second place in the West Division of the FCBL behind 2014 champion Worcester.
10 teams make up the FCBL with one addition and one subtraction from 2014.
The Bristol Blues join the league and will play their games at Muzzy Field this summer while the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide are out.
Bristol is owned by Grammy Award winning music producer, Elliot Scheiner whose son Jordie pitched two season in Torrington.
Torrington and Bristol are creating a Route 8 series that will reward the team that wins the seasons series with a trophy and bragging rights.
Dan McNamara is back for his second season at the helm in the dugout with two new assistant coaches, Sean Connole and former Titan Kyle Decker who played three summers in Torrington.
Five players return from the 2014 squad including Brett Susi (CCSU, Southington HS), Joe Paparelli (Bryant, NFA), Alex Fishberg (Iona, Suffern, NY), David Gerics (Pomona-Pitzer, Fairfield Prep) and Tim Budd ((ECSU, Cheshire HS).
Local players dot the Titans roster with Cody Doyle, a freshman from Avon on the roster but not yet in camp because his Sacred Heart team is in the NCAA post season, playing in the Fort Worth Regional this weekend.
For more information, visit the team’s website at www.torringtontitans.com