by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For most fans it has been easy to pick a side in the World Series. But for Flying Squirrels Vice President and COO Todd Parnell, he's been rooting for both the Giants and the Rangers.
The connection to the Giants is obvious - his team is a San Francisco affiliate. But his connection to Texas goes back a bit farther. Parney is great friends with Chuck Greenberg, who just bought the Rangers along with Nolan Ryan. Parney has worked with Greenberg for minor league teams in Altoona and Myrtle Beach, and has always seen him as one of the most influential people in his professional life.
So naturally, he was somewhat rooting for the Rangers.
But as the Giants wrapped up the Series in five games Monday night, he wasn't crying about it.
"I think the Squirrels fans connected with the Giants this year," said Parney. "The longer the Giants play, the longer there's meaningful baseball for fans in Richmond."
Parney has been an important part of making baseball meaningful to Richmond again. He's dressed up in interesting costumes for press conference and public outings, and often attends VCU basketball games and other community events. Even though the season is over, he's been trying to keep the Flying Squirrels on everyone's minds - by holding events like this weekend's Ballpark Warming Day, which will collect jackets and coats for Puritan Cleaner's Coats for Kids.
"We had such a great first season," added Parney. "Now it's all about making it better for year number two."