© AGHN Productions, 2018-2022
Although I’ve made every effort to ensure that the information in this book is correct, I do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, alcohol, or any other cause. This is a book of my lived experience and memory, and memory has its own story to tell. I have done my best to make it tell an accurate story.
Dedicated to Arthur Gomez, and my mother Mary Lucy Espinoza
Jeff & Susan Savage
Thank you for 20 seasons of River Cats baseball, and for being the inspiration of the book that I have been working on. I hope that I can capture the magic of the 2019 season in a way that you will both be proud of. Continued success, and again, thank you for all you have done for this community.
Thank you so much for allowing me to cut my teeth in journalism with the River Cats over the past couple of seasons. I hope that I can put out a final product that you will enjoy.
Congratulations on being named PCL Executive of the Year, an honor that is well deserved.
You were the first person that I reached out to when I decided to take on the task of writing this book in the summer of 2017. You forwarded me to Robert Barsanti, and because of that, here I am today writing a story about what has been an amazing season of River Cats baseball.
Thank you for all the help you have provided while I worked on this project. I appreciate the work you put in with helping me get interviews and overall access.
Conner, where would I be without you? Once Barsanti left, you were the guy who I surprised with the hey I wanted to follow up about this book email, and after a brief moment of “who is this dude?” you were always bending over backwards to help me with anything I needed and replying quickly to any email no matter how late it was. I enjoyed getting know you, congrats on the new baby, and look forward to working with you in the future.
Where do I even begin? Thank you so much for just being you, for teaching me about the tea, for all the laughs, gossip, and the friendship you have shared over the past couple of years. I’m so grateful to have gotten to know you. Lots of love!
Thank you for everything! The stories, the pranks, the lessons in how to be a professional and how to talk to players. Watching and listening to you has taught me so much, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share these times with you over the past couple of years.
Ralph Thompson, Kaylee Creevan, Vanessa Nelson, Steve Martarano, & Ricky Cazares
Thank you all so much for the inspiration, and knowledge you gave me. The jokes we shared, the stories you told, and the lessons I learned will forever be remembered. I hope that my photos will always have a piece of each of you in them.
The adventures we shared could be a book on their own. It was a pleasure working with you on River Cats Tales. I love you tons my friend and continued success in all of your endeavors.
Fish, Kid, and Bull Moose
Simply, thank you. The three of you put up with my absence day in and day out while I chased my dream. I love you all so much!