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Noontime Commentary: Returning To The Microphone

Posing for a photo on the field following the conclusion of the first ABCD Field of Dreams contest.

By Matt Noonan

It was worth the wait.

After a 465 day hiatus, I finally was able to pick up a microphone and lend my voice as a backdrop for a local sporting event here in Massachusetts. And it was an amazing feeling.

Being able to announce this morning’s Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Field of Dreams contest between Massachusetts General Brigham and the Boston All-Stars at Fenway Park was exciting — in fact, it was the most fun I have had on the microphone since I started calling sporting events as a student at Wheaton College (Mass.).

Yes, I have announced this event in the past, along with the organization’s “Hoop Dreams” outing at the TD Garden, but this morning’s contest provided me with a sense of hope and renewal for future coverage in the “new normal” — I am already counting the days until to my next PA announcing gig while circling while plotting my return to the sidelines to cover future college and high school sporting events.

Like many, the past 14-to-15 months was a struggle, both mentally and emotionally — to be honest, I was unsure what I would produce for the blog and podcast when various leagues were sent to the sidelines at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. But despite so much uncertainty, I remained hopeful and optimistic — I knew I would return to the microphone one day, and that day happened to be this morning: Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

It was just one game, but it was the best game that I have announce in 2021.

The Best Seat In The House – Pictures from the Fenway Park PA Booth

The Fenway Park PA Booth.

By NoontimeSports.com

BOSTON, MA – Not too many Bostonians or Red Sox fans can say, “I was the Public Address announcer for a day at Fenway Park.” Although, now, the head blogger/editor of Noontime Sports, Matt Noonan can say that comment with a big smile.

“It was such an amazing feeling hearing my voice echo across the sacred grounds of Fenway Park. In fact, I’m still somewhat numb this morning thinking about it, but again, having that particular opportunity is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Noonan said.

Noonan was one of the many volunteers who assisted with Monday’s ABCD Field of Dreams event, which featured various Boston businesses sending their employees from the boardroom to the diamond.

Companies such as Bank of America, GMO, John Hancock Financial and Children’s Hospital Boston were just a few companies that fielded teams, but while their experience of playing at the ballpark will last a lifetime, Monday’s event wasn’t about wins or loses, but instead, helping ABCD continue their efforts toward raising money, as well as helping their cause toward “promoting self-help for low-income people and neighborhoods.”

“Again, I can’t help but smile, as well as relish the fact that I was able to sit in the same chair that many great Fenway Announcers have done in the past, but really, being apart of such a wonderful event that ABCD put on [Monday] was so much fun. I am really glad I could be apart of such an amazing charity event, especially at Fenway Park,” Noonan said.

For more information on ABCD, check out their website BY CLICKING HERE, as well as visit their Facebook and Twitter pages too. 

View of the historic Fenway Park ball field from the PA Booth