I was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Baseball has been a cornerstone of my life since I was 7 years old. In 1986 I was 14 years old when the Red Sox made their run against the New York Mets. Since then I waited for the ole town team to win a world series. That same year i wrote a letter to general manager Lou Gorman asking him why they never decided to trade or release Tim Lollar from the club. Mr. Gorman actually wrote me back. Throughout my teenage years, I called local sports talk shows talking baseball with the host. Since giving up playing the game after high school I have coached the game in high school as well as summer teams. Speaking of the summer, I started umpiring in the summer of 2009. It without question is the most abusive relationship I have ever been in. I do not recommend doing the job because even if you get all the calls correct people still yell at you.