Almost every time I tell someone I have spent eight seasons with the Reading Phillies, he or she always seems amazed. The next question is usually, “when are you going to get a full-time job with them?” What most people don’t realize is that the Reading Phillies have a very low turnover rate; which just goes to show what a great organization it is to work for.
At the end of each season, the Reading Phillies announce the newest inductees into the Employee Honor Roll. Members of the honor roll are employees who have worked with the Reading Phillies for 10 years. Each employee that makes the honor roll receives a plaque during a special pre-game presentation and his or her name is added to the board just inside the employee entrance.
In my experience, one of the best aspects of an organization like the Reading Phillies is the atmosphere. This atmosphere can be attributed in large part to the relationships that form between the fans and the employees. One of my favorite things about returning to Baseballtown each season is seeing the fans that I have come to know over the years. The season ticket holders that return every year want to know how the off-season went and what everyone expects to happen during the season. There’s the couple that always wears Reading Phillies gear, usually matching, and the gentleman who always asks for “two slices of cheese please” even thought I haven’t sold a slice of pizza in two seasons. If a long time employee does not show up for a few games, everyone, fans and employees alike, want to know where they are and if everything is ok.
There are even great relationships that form between employees. I have been asked numerous times by the ushers what my plans are as far as finding a job or even just what I might have planned for a week off. I have met a number of great people and created an infinite number of wonderful memories over the past eight seasons. Although each season also comes with its fair share of hard experiences, the good memories and friends are what make me come back each year, and what continues to add new names to the Employee Honor Roll at the end of each season.