October 31, 2012
Hardacker ’12 Has Voice Heard as Member of Red Sox’ Staff
When students leave Emmanuel after graduation, some go on to do incredible things in places all around the world. Some, however, continue to do incredible things right in our own backyard.
This is certainly the case for Jonathan Hardacker '12, who spent the last two seasons working right down the street with the Boston Red Sox. Hardacker worked every home game at Fenway Park, as well as special events held throughout the year, as a greeter on the park's private suite levels.
"I work primarily on the EMC level, where we check tickets and seat fans," Hardacker said of his daily duties. "We're really there to enhance the fan experience."
A native of Cromwell, Connecticut, Hardacker has always had a passion for sports, and can directly credit his Emmanuel experience with providing countless opportunities to fuel that fire. Throughout his time as a student he played for the baseball club and helped form the EC Superfans, a student fan club that still attends all of the Saints' home games in full force. As a senior, the English Communication major worked with NESN as a New Media Intern, writing and editing articles about the Red Sox and Boston Bruins. And the fact that Fenway Park is a literal baseball's toss away from Emmanuel's campus means that Hardacker had chances to get involved with the Red Sox that other students could only dream of.
This past July, he had the opportunity of a lifetime - to fill in as the PA announcer for a game against the Chicago White Sox.
He expressed an interest to his supervisor after hearing about the "Guest in the Chair" program, during which the Red Sox organization invited local figures to fill in for a game after the death of late Fenway announcer Carl Beane in May 2012. He offered his services to the director of Red Sox Productions, and received a call on the night of July 17th informing him that the announcer for the next day's game had dropped out and a last-minute replacement was needed.
"I'm pretty sure I'm the youngest person to ever announce a full game in Fenway Park history," said Hardacker, whose nine-inning stint in the booth was an experience he'll never forget. "I was the mouthpiece of the entire operation - it was absolutely incredible."
Hardacker actually got his first taste of PA announcing at Emmanuel as a junior, when he regularly reported the action at the Saints basketball and volleyball home games.
"I told the Red Sox that I already had experience after announcing for a few years at school, and that I'd love to be involved even as a last resort."
Hardacker continues to live in the Boston area and work with the Red Sox, and plans to return for the 2013 season. However, he seems to think that the announcing gig was more of a once in a lifetime experience than a job interview.
"I don't know what their plan is for hiring a new full-time announcer," he said, "but I know I haven't gotten a call back, so that's probably not a good sign."
- Dan Bourque '13