Whitecaps ditch digital for manual scoreboard

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) — The Whitecaps ditched digital for nostalgia, bringing back a manual scoreboard.

Baseball lover and small business owner Jeff Cortright spends most of his summers running the manual scoreboard for the Whitecaps.

A worker power-washes the stands at Fifth Third Ballpark in preparation for the home opener. (April 7, 2014)
(Preparations for the home opener)

From behind the scoreboard, he’s felt baseballs hitting it, cheered on players in the field, and kept the fans below up on the scores from both the Whitecaps and the Detroit Tigers.

He said it’s a busy job in the middle of all the action.

“On my game at all times, on my toes sometimes almost literally because you can feel it move. You almost have to get your sea legs going when there’s a breeze,” said Cortright.

He’s not just swapping out numbers, Cortright said it’s all about fun with the fans and the players running the bases.

“When they (players) would come out running down the field, we’d wave and give high five for good plays or a good hit.”

Cortright said it’s the rush of the score keeping, the fans, and the players that keeps him coming back game after game.

His wife, Penny, also worked for the Whitecaps for 15 years, and says the ballpark just feels like home.

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