Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tony Asaro of the Sacramento River Cats

Tony Asaro of the
Sacramento River Cats
Tony Asaro works for the AAA Minor League Baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats.  The same week that I gave a presentation to my school about making the choice to be drug free, Mr. Asaro also spoke to my school as a part of Red Ribbon Week.  I was lucky enough to be able to interview at my school after he spoke to all of us at an assembly.  Mr. Asaro is a really inspiring man!

PMAKid: How did you get involved with the Sacramento River Cats?

Mr. Asaro: My whole life I dreamed about being a part of baseball, and the path that got me - eventually - to the River Cats...I played baseball up until I was in college. I graduated from Sac State and then I worked for several years - about ten years - as a community schools director in the San Juan Unified School District.  And then I left that.

My wife and I - we started our family - and then I left schools, being a school person to own my own business.  I owned a paint store downtown.  I did that for twenty years, but I always volunteered my time, gave back to kids, and loved the game of baseball. So when the Sacramento River Cats came to Sacramento back in 1997, 1998, 1999, I volunteered to help them get back here.  I did my job, but I did it as a volunteer thing on the side. Eventually, when they put the team together, they called me and they asked me if I would like to be the community person for the River Cats. I dreamed about it my whole life.  That was the opportunity, so I reached out and grabbed it. I've done it now - I am going into my 13th season.