As a part-time employee for the San Francisco Giants, Nathan Dines can count on working about every other home game.
What the 2009 North Medford High graduate did not anticipate as he prepared for work on June 25 was a no-hitter, but that's exactly what he and thousands of others at AT&T Park got.
WHO: A 23-year-old North Medford and Loyola Marymount graduate who is a first-year member of the Orange and Black Attack, an interactive team serving as ambassadors for the Giants with the goal of enhancing the fan experience at AT&T Park.
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Suffice it to say, just another day on the job for Dines is anything but predictable. Or boring.
Dines is a first-year member of the Orange and Black Attack, a 25-person interactive team serving as ambassadors for the Giants with the goal of enhancing the fan experience at the ballpark and throughout the community. The group distributes T-shirts and other collectibles, stages some of the pre-game and in-game promotions and entertainment, rallies the crowd and hosts social media activity at the ballpark's new @Café social media center.
The media center — located behind the center field bleachers — features a state-of-the-art 12-foot by 4-foot video wall displaying San Francisco social chatter, including trending Tweets, popular Instagram photographs and results from Facebook polls and check-ins. Adjacent to the video wall are two 50-inch LCD screens that show game action. @Café was opened in 2013.
Last month, the 23-year-old Dines completed his responsibilities at @Café before witnessing the completion of Tim Lincecum's no-hitter on Dockers Deck. San Francisco beat San Diego, 4-0, in Lincecum's second no-hitter against the Padres. He finished with six strikeouts and one walk.
"People don't really want to jinx it, but once it started to go into the seventh and eighth it was on everybody's mind," Dines says.
The OBA also works at events and promotions throughout the Bay Area. Dines once assisted on the set of a commercial featuring relief pitcher Sergio Romo.
The Giants say OBA members must display an outgoing, energetic and engaging personality, express themselves in an articulate manner, possess a positive attitude and be able to handle situations in a quick and professional manner, among other things.
Oh, and they need to be comfortable in front of groups as large as 42,000.
Dines met all the requirements. He sent a resume and cover letter to the organization and was later invited to a successful audition in March.
"One of the big reasons we were hired is we are fans of the organization," Dines says.
Dines was a valedictorian at North and graduated from Loyola Marymount University last year with a degree in communications studies and honors college completion.
Before getting the gig, Dines worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in Santa Monica, Calif. He moved to Oakland in April and now uses the Bay Area Rapid Transit to get to AT&T Park.
Dines hopes to work for the franchise full-time next year.
He's got a good setup in the meantime.
Dines recently accepted a job with the Oakland Raiders as a member of the community relations events staff.
If you need him on a Sunday, call AT&T Park or O.co Coliseum.
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