Pat O'Conner, president, Minor League Baseball
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
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■ An insight: Never be outworked.
■ An influential person in my career: Glenn Hayes, who owned/operated Hayes Concessions at horse racing tracks in the Columbus area. I worked for him during summer breaks in high school and college, and he became a mentor and close friend.
■ An out-of-the-box idea: Totally paperless society.
■ A timeless idea: The customer is always right.
■ A business deal: Win-win-win.
■ A sports facility: One that covers every angle … fans, sponsors, participants
■ A sports event: The perfection of 27 outs a side.
■ A strategy: Forethought, planning and execution.
■ A hire: Chemistry with the existing staff and a high upside potential.
■ A trend: More than a blip on the screen.
■ An innovation: Cutting edge with longevity.
■ A pro league or team business initiative: Diversity from a business perspective.
■ A story that bears watching: The economics of sport.
■ An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Post-it note pads and Wite-Out.
■ A fantasy job: Commissioner of a major league sports property.
What I Like About …
■ My job: The ability to make a difference.
■ Sports: The competition.
■ Sports business: The volatility.
■ Sports media: Its aggressive and passionate nature.
■ Sports technology: Geared toward the fan.
■ Sports fans: Passion and loyalty.
What I Would Like To …
■ Change: Racism in America.
■ Change in what I do: Not be so anal.
■ See: Less greed.
■ See more of in sports: Genuine appreciation for the fans.
■ See less of in sports: Less “me” and more “we.”
■ See less of in sports business: Greed.
■ Eliminate: November baseball.
What I Don’t Like …
■ In general: Cynicism.
■ Pet peeve: Mistakes created by a lack of preparation or effort.
■ In sports: Unnecessary showmanship.
■ In business: Lack of ethics or honesty.
■ About sports fans: Overly zealous behavior.
What I Like …
■ People: Genuine.
■ That would surprise those who know me: My insecurities.
■ Above all else: Family and friends.
■ About myself: My heart.
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■ Players: Bagwell, Biggio and Guillen.
■ Teams: Those that commit to excellence.
■ Possession: Umatilla (those who know me know where/what that is).
■ Memento: Not a collector of material things, but I have a small collection of personal photos.
■ Time of year: Spring … hope springs eternal.
■ Music: ’70s and ’80s and country.
■ Magazine: Baseball America.
■ Gadget: I do not do gadgets.
■ Chore: Mowing.
■ Hobby: I do not do hobbies … I used to fish.
■ Movies: “Goodfellas,” “High Plains Drifter,” “Major League.”
■ TV: “Seinfeld,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The King of Queens.”
■ Concert: Anything Buffett
■ Artist: Van Arsdale in Marriott hotels.
■ Dessert: Fruit with whipped cream or carrot cake.
■ Drink: Diet Pepsi.
■ Scent: Fresh baked bread.
■ Car: Cadillac DST.
■ Aftershave: Obsession.
■ Quote: “It is better to have character than be one.”
■ Anything to add? Life is a journey, not a destination.