Worcester — Emma Tiedemann was recently at work when she suddenly met a four-year-old girl in the eye.
Tiedemann was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, whose team was playing in Hartford, Connecticut. When her father lifted her little daughter up she was calling the game so she could see the broadcast booth from her window.
The moment meant something when she looked into the girl’s eyes while Tiedemann was focused on the game.
Tiedemann admits that she doesn’t like talking about herself or her accomplishments, but she understands that there is another girl out there who has a similar passion for gaming.
“It took me a while to realize that I was in a position to help, or to get little girls to say, ‘Oh, I can do it. It was a small moment that hit me and I realized that this was bigger than me,” Tiedemann said. It’s a moment that touches my heart.”
This weekend, Tiedemann became the first female broadcaster to call a play-by-play game for the Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate. Since her 2020 she’s been Sea Dogs broadcaster.
“It means a lot,” Tiedemann said of the weekend’s call to Worcester. “It means my hard work has paid off and all the years of honing it at the lower levels have paid off. I’m happy to have a triple-A debut in an organization that I’ve seen.”
Tiedemann has built up a very solid background
Prior to his current role in Portland, he served as Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Lexington Legends, hosting back-to-back South Atlantic League championships. Red Her Socks Since joining her organization, she has shown her passion, knowledge and love for the game.
“They’ve been great,” Tiedemann said of the Red Sox organization. It’s cool to be able to… It’s really a family atmosphere.”
WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg and Tiedemann spent time together after Friday’s game to discuss the history and future of broadcasting in baseball. WooSox is proud of her Tiedemann accomplishments so far and believes she has a bright future in the game.
“She’s the first woman in the history of this franchise, so it’s a milestone, maybe a double milestone,” Steinberg said.
She first started broadcasting high school basketball when she was 15 in Dallas. She also played sports, so she was comfortable calling basketball games. She then added baseball and volleyball to her broadcasting resume. Tiedemann served as the school’s football broadcaster while she attended the University of Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a minor in history.
Ultimately, she decided to focus on baseball and wanted to improve her broadcasting skills and knowledge of the game, calling a game for the Mat-Su Miners, a summer college team in Palmer, Alaska, in 2014. . It was then that she decided what she wanted to do with her career.
“I fell in love with the fact that I was working every day,” Tiedemann said.
“I also used to talk to my manager after almost every game to analyze the sport,” she added. I loved everything because I loved what it was like to work in baseball. I just wanted to keep playing baseball and have been doing it ever since. ”
Red Sox Organization Broadcast Depth Deep
Between radio and NESN, WooSox has six broadcasters behind microphones. Among them are Tyler Murray, Jim Caine, Mike Antonellis, Jay Burnham, Cooper Boardman and Tim Kitadamo. The crew alternates between his two media, and WooSox has the best game coverage in Minor League Baseball. Murray and Burnham were unable to attend their friend’s wedding this weekend, so Antonellis suggested calling Tiedemann at Double A.
Antonellis voiced Sea Dogs for 15 seasons before joining PawSox in 2020. Tiedemann was then hired in Portland and the two formed a working relationship. Worcester.
She did a Friday night radio broadcast on Quitadamo before joining Cain on Saturday’s NESN.
“It’s important for people to realize that dreams work,” Steinberg said. I don’t know if you knew, there’s no reason she can’t go, it’s the major leagues, so when someone gets that break, it shows dreams can come true.”
WooSox manager Chad Tracy loves baseball. He’s been playing professionally since he was born and the now 37-year-old has his 7-year-old daughter Avery. She became popular with her players and fans around her Polar Park this summer for her bravery and love of the game.
So seeing Tiedemann in action with the WooSox game this weekend is just another example of what this game is for everyone.
“You want to be able to look at your daughter the way you look at your son and be able to tell her, ‘You can be anything you want and you can do whatever you want.’ That’s great,” Tracy said. said about Tiedemann’s Triple-A debut.
And the triple-A success story continues
The list of PawSox/WooSox stations taking it to the next level is impressive. His PawSox in the past and his WooSox broadcaster in the present found himself right up there with his major league job. Working for the Red Sox Triple A affiliate is a golden ticket.
Most recently, Josh Maurer added his name to the already impressive list of PawSox and WooSox broadcasters now have play-by-play status in the majors or the NFL.
Alumni include Gary Cohen (New York Mets), Don Orshiro (Red Sox, Padres), Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays), Dave Jaegeller (Washington Nationals), Dave Fleming (San Francisco Giants) ) and Dan Hord (Cincinnati Bengals). , Aaron Goldsmith (Seattle Mariners), Bob Soch (New England Patriots), Jeff Levering (Milwaukee Brewers), Will Fleming (Red Sox), Mike Monaco (ESPN, NESN, Chicago Blackhawks) ), Maurer (Milwaukee Brewers).
Tiedemann could be next and that’s her goal.
“I can’t imagine that,” he said with a smile. “It would be a dream come true. You can talk about Mike Antonellis and everyone who’s come through Minor League Baseball, what it is and everything but the broadcast you have to do.” When I can finally put on a headset and watch a major league game, I will be the Cloud 9 who never gets off.”
With the minor league season ending at the end of this month, many people are looking forward to the offseason. Not Tiedemann. She wants to be able to call games 24/7. It shows her passion for the game.
“I love the sport of baseball, but I also love play-by-play,” she said. “These two are so beautiful to me that I can combine them to create a fun product to offer my listeners.”
Fans are listening and watching Tiedemann as the future of baseball broadcasting.
— Contact Joe McDonald at JMcDonald2@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeyMacHockey.