Munger enjoying clubhouse work with Tigers (7-6-13)
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:55
Before you even ask, the answer is ‘No.’
|Brady Munger, a graduate of Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University, is currently working in the clubhouse for the Detroit Tigers. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
No Brady Munger cannot get you Miguel Cabrera’s or Justin Verlander’s autograph.
No he can’t you get free tickets for a Detroit Tigers game.
And even if you brought your own ticket, Munger cannot get you into the clubhouse.
A 2010 graduate of Bowling Green High School and a May 2013 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Munger is currently interning in the Tigers’ clubhouse.
He’s doing everything from picking up dirty laundry and cleaning cleats, to making sure each player has his favorite sunflower seeds and picking up friends and family of the players at the airport.
‘‘Anything and everything you could think of, we pretty much do,’’ said Munger, who has been a life-long Tigers fan.
Munger took advantage of the post-secondary education option that BGHS has with BGSU as he was taking college classes while still in high school.
‘‘Classes were free that way and it gave me a jump-start. It was easier from the aspect of scheduling. Just being ahead of the game, it was a lot better ... I have a jump on the job market,’’ Munger said.
And while Munger is pursuing a full-time job, he’s enjoying being with the Tigers, one of the favorites to win the World Series this season.
‘‘It’s not all glory,’’ Munger said. ‘‘When you tell people you are working with the Tigers, they think automatically that you are best friends with Justin Verlander or Miguel Cabrera.
‘‘It’s not all dirty work,’’ he continued. ‘‘There were a lot of fun parts and lots of stuff I really did enjoy that I got to do. If you don’t mind doing hard work, which I don’t mind doing, it wasn’t a big issue for me. I really enjoyed it.’’
The idea to intern with the Tigers started with Dr. Ray Schneider, who is the intern program coordinator for the Sport Management program at BGSU.
‘‘He was telling us at the freshmen meet-and-greet for sport management major students about different internships that students can have,’’ Munger said. ‘‘He told us about having kids go down to spring training with the Tigers.
‘‘We were all saying that’s really awesome, it’s really cool and fun to do.’’
Three years later, when Munger was looking for an internship, he and fellow student Will Craig, from Virginia Beach, Va., approached Schneider about the possibility of an internship at the Tigers’ spring training home in Lakeland, Fla.
‘‘When I was looking for an internship, it was when the NHL was in a lockout, so an NHL internship was out of the question,’’ said Munger, who was a student equipment manager for the Falcons’ hockey team.
‘‘Dr. Schneider let the equipment manager of the Tigers, know about us,’’ Munger continued. ‘‘We went up and talked to him and he offered us the internship.’’
Perrysburg resident Jim Schmakel is the clubhouse manager for the Tigers.
‘‘Dr. Schneider really helped me lot a lot. He’s really a big reason I’m with the Tigers,’’ Munger said.
Munger was with the Tigers in spring training for two straight months, working as many as 15 hours a day and 80 hours per week.
Munger’s hard work in spring training paid off with a position in the regular season with the Tigers.
‘They get paid to play baseball and they want things a certain way, so you have to be attentive to details ... you had to pay attention to the small things,’’ Munger said about the players. ‘‘That’s just going to pay off in the long run; he’s going to like you and he knows he can trust you.
‘‘When they are in the clubhouse and around us, they are human ... They are just regular guys; they are really nice.’’
As a carry-over worker from spring training, Munger has been able to build relationships with the players.
Munger said he has enjoyed working with Torri Hunter, a veteran who is in his first season with the Tigers.
‘‘He is one of the kindest players I have met in my life,’’ Munger said. ‘‘You would never guess from talking with him or meeting him, that he was making as much money as he is.’’
In the future, Munger would like to find a job in hockey, but is not ruling out baseball as a future career.
‘‘I like to be in the business aspect of things, dealing with people,’’ Munger said.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:26