Here in the Xtreme Depression every job opening is a precious one. Seasonal jobs are being treated like full-time positions in the hopes of holding people over until the economy bounces back. And what's more seasonal than baseball? Well fine, foliage is but it's hard to get a job as a leaf. As minor league baseball stadiums around the country begin to come to life, the story is the same at many of them. Huge turnouts for job fairs and dozens of resumes for each open position.
- The AAA Tacoma Rainers, held a job fair for about 300 seasonal positions. 775 people turned out, almost 4 times as many as last year.
- The Kannapolis Intimidators (who I'm 99% sure are named after Dale Earnhardt which is awesome) are also seeing about triple the applications as last year. Scott Todd a former CFO is trying to see it as an opportunity to get into sports, a field he loves. It doesn't say which job he's applying for but his healthy attitude seems like it would go along way in this market.
- The situation is even more extreme in Buffalo. 800 people showed up for 90 positions with the Bisons. Not surprising in a town where unemployment just hit the 9% mark. It's just a shame there are only 90 jobs. Rob was right. We need expansion.
- On a more lighthearted note even The Bowling Green
Cave ShrimpHot Rods are seeing a huge surplus in people available to sing the anthem. In a scene that sounds like a cross between American Idol and a tractor pull, they had 130 people try out for the 60 home dates.
All of this is to say that hey the economy is bad but baseball has some work for some people. This Spring, I've learned firsthand the economic impact a team, even staying for just two months, can have ona small town. The repercussions are felt all year. Let's just hope people have enough money to actually go out to the games and keep these people employed.
But hey, enough of the doom and gloom. Let's end all this unemployment talk on a happy note. No one wants to hire anyone from the Bush Era Justice Department!