From the booth: Thank you, Curve family

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By Trey Wilson
AltoonaCurve.com 

Today is my last day with the Altoona Curve before I head out to take on a new role with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, so I wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone for their support and reflect back on some of my favorite on-field moments over the last four seasons.

It’s hard to believe it’s only been four seasons. I was fortunate to be here for what might be the best run on the field this franchise has had: Four consecutive postseason appearances, back-to-back regular-season division titles and that incredible championship run in 2017.

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That championship easily stands out as my favorite on-field moment, not only of my time in Altoona, but in my professional career. Being around that group of players and watching them fight through to win it all is something I’ll never forget.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite moments from my years with the Curve:

  • After trailing 7-0 in Game 1 of the 2015 Division Series, Austin Meadows hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and Jacob Stallings followed with a walk-off single for an 8-7 win over Bowie [VIDEO]
  • Early in my first season, Josh Bell hit his first Double-A home run, a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth to cap a comeback win [VIDEO]
  • Later that year, the Curve trailed 7-1 entering the final inning, but rallied with seven runs to walk off against Erie with an 8-7 victory [VIDEO]
  • In September 2015, the Curve beat Binghamton to clinch their first postseason appearance since 2010 in what would be the first of four straight playoff trips (and counting) [VIDEO]
  • In 2016, Austin Meadows set a new franchise record with a 24-game hitting streak [VIDEO]
  • Needing a win on the last day of the regular season to reach the playoffs, Tyler Eppler, Jared Lakind and Brett McKinney combined for 10 scoreless innings and Stetson Allie put the Curve ahead in the top of the tenth for a 2-0 win at Richmond [VIDEO]
  • Less than three weeks after undergoing surgery for cancer, Jameson Taillon took the mound for the Curve in Erie and worked three scoreless innings [VIDEO]
  • After missing most of the season with an injury and playing in just his second game back, all-around good guy Jon Schwind knocked a pinch-hit, go-ahead homer to beat Reading in a key victory during the Curve’s playoff push [VIDEO]
  • The Curve closed out the 2017 regular season with a walk-off homer by Mitchell Tolman in extras to clinch the Western Division crown [VIDEO]
  • In Game 1 of the 2017 Division Series at Bowie against the top offense in the league, Mitch Keller threw a one-hit shutout to set the tone for the Curve’s title run [VIDEO]
  • With the Curve down in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run, walk-off homer {VIDEO]
  • I wasn’t on the call for this one (Nate Bowen handled the duties), but after trailing 5-0 early facing elimination in Game 3 of the 2018 Division Series, Cole Tucker hit a game-tying grand slam en route to an 8-5 win over Akron [VIDEO]

There so many other great performances here over the last few years, but those are some that stand out to me.

Mike Passanisi brought me on in 2015. In the few months I worked alongside Paso before he left us for the New York Mets, he showed by example what level of dedication it took to producing quality work in everything our Communications & Broadcasting department does.

I owe quite a bit of gratitude to Rob Egan for bringing me into the head role in the department and Derek Martin for keeping me around and continuing to help set us up for success. And to Mr. Bob, Ms. Joan, David and the Lozinak family, Sal Baglieri and others for allowing me to have this opportunity and for showing appreciation for my work along the way.

Living away from home, the Curve front office staff has been like a family. Nate, Gallagher, Kess, Isaiah, Jess, ER, Adam, Alyssa, Homan, Steffan, Jake, Ed, Joel, Doug, Mason, McClain, Glenn, Michelle, Donna, Jade, Brianna, Bryan, Derek, Michelle, Aaron, Katie and others, it’s been great know y’all at the park and away from it, and I thank you for putting up with me.

I’m thankful so many who have helped our department shine and helped us bring you the story of the Altoona Curve, including three excellent assistants: Fletcher Keel, Max Gun and Garett Mansfield, and our game-day staff members: Dick Wagner, Ted Beam, John Garritano, Chris Strawmier, Anna Kepner, Andrew Smithmyer, Matt Popelka, Aaron Miller, Barry Beal, Dan Griffin, Paul Marboe, Brian McLaughlin and others.

For the last two years, we’ve had a great radio flagship group with Sounds Good Media, and I am thankful for the dedicated help from Ken Maguda, Scott Barger, Doug Herendeen and Ryan Hays. Garett and this crew will be working hard to continue putting together great broadcasts for Curve fans.

The Pittsburgh Pirates organization is filled with so many great people who have treated me very well over the years, and I’m thankful to all the broadcasters, PR staff, players, coaches and player development staff who have given more of their time, effort and energy to me than they were required to.

And thank you to the great Curve fans, season ticket holders, booster club members and others who support this team with great passion. I look forward to seeing you all when I come back to town with the Richmond Flying Squirrels next season.

Thank you to the entire Curve community for welcoming Brittany and myself these last four years. We’ll see y’all down the road.

-Trey Wilson


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