Student Finds Unique Internship Opportunity
Alex King ’14 can talk bats.
He can talk about maple bats, ash bats, birch bats, and even combo bats, like when a maple handle is fused with an ash barrel. He can talk about pricing and quality (maple is the strongest and most expensive but some players prefer the feel of birch).
He can describe how the bats are made with a special tool that sands them down to the desired shape. But perhaps more impressive than his bat knowledge is his stamina.
Alex is selling bats and answering questions after four consecutive baseball games where he had to reline the fields, track player statistics, run the scoreboard, and video record each game in the intense summer heat.
Alex, a native of Lebanon, Connecticut, interned at Dream Bats throughout last summer. Internships are required for all business majors and Dream Bats turned out to be a great fit for Alex. As first baseman for the Elms baseball team, he’s happy to talk about America’s pastime with anyone. As a sport management major, he was able to get a feel for the complexities of managing a sports venue.
Alex first learned about Dream Bats directly from the company’s owner, Tim Mayo, who was a visiting speaker in one of Alex’s business classes. The bat manufacturing company is based out of Enfield, Connecticut. Dream Bats also manages several developmental baseball teams, ranging from 16-and-under to collegiate-level.
During the team’s home games, Alex was a site manager. He had to set up and close down the field after each game, run the music, keep score, and manage the merchandise booth. For the most part, Alex was on his own which meant the onus was on him to be prepared for any questions the players had about his bats. The internship forced him to learn a lot in a short amount of time.
Ideally Alex would like to work at an event center, like the MassMutual Center, where he is managing more than just sports but concerts and other events as well–even if it means he won’t be able to talk bats anymore.