Falmouth Commodores has seen a fair amount of internal tumult
Entrepreneur, thinker, and great American business icon Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” As simple as it sounds, that concept of progress and continued improvement is a wonderful theoretical notion, but can be difficult when played out with real life as its backdrop. In any organization, truly working together takes patience, effort, mutual respect, and a common goal. Sometimes, that working together is among the members of an entire community.
The best and the worst that Falmouth has to offer.Mike White knows all about that. As a long-time member of the Falmouth Fire and Rescue Department, Mike has seen the best – and unfortunately the worst – that Falmouth has to offer. He’s a very positive guy by nature, though, and when he’s not wearing the white of a Captain, spends much of his time volunteering his efforts to make Falmouth a better community. He helped create and cultivated a girls’ ice hockey program that thrives today. He also serves as the new Vice President of what he calls “Falmouth’s Team,” our local Cape Cod Baseball League franchise, the Falmouth Commodores.
Recently, “Falmouth’s Team” has seen a fair amount of internal tumult that has been widely publicized, distracting the team and its fans from its baseball mission. According to the Commodores though, that’s yesterday’s news. Along with new team President Steve Kostas, new General Manager Eric Zmuda, and a couple of new Board members (including this scribe), the entire organization has renewed its focus and desire to be a positive asset to the community. I attended my first board meeting last month, and left brimming with confidence and optimism that one of the finest sports organizations around is back on track and headed back to its rightful place as one of Falmouth’s true gems.
That gem will be shining brightly as the Commodores welcome new Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell to a “Hot Stove” event next month, where two of my favorite things – talking and baseball – take center stage for a night to remember. The event is scheduled for Thursday, January 10th at 6PM at the New Seabury Country Club. Newly appointed field boss of the Sox Farrell will join Commodores Skipper Jeff Trundy for some good, old fashioned baseball talk, which will include questions from the audience. Barring a second Falmouth visit from Santa himself, this evening of making memories should be the highlight of the winter. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Commodores. Additional information is available on the team’s Facebook page, or the team website at www.falmouthcommodores.com . I’ll be there, and am eager to here what’s in store for the Sox, as a lifelong fan and someone who slept on the sidewalk for two nights in 1986 to get World Series tickets. Yup. I’m a fan.
As excited as I am though, to learn about the Sox’ rebuilding efforts, I’m more excited about the efforts of Falmouth’s team to do some rebuilding – some community rebuilding – of its own. The hot stove event is just a piece of a wider effort to re-engage with the Commodores’ home base and host community. The team has recently redoubled its efforts to participate in the fabric of this great town. Board members have made a commitment to be a presence at community events, including the Chamber of Commerce, and you can expect to see Homer, the team mascot and official spreader of good will, around town.
The Commodores want to celebrate Falmouth, and for Falmouth to celebrate its team right back. President Steve Kostas, GM Eric Zmuda, and other prominent Falmouthites like Dr. Don O’Malley and Gary Rabesa, who have given of themselves and their time as volunteer directors for Falmouth’s team, agree. So do I. So come along, Falmouth, and join in welcoming back Falmouth’s team to its rightful place in our hearts.