In Ted Erickson’s second year he found a silver lining after the pandemic robbed his first season and the class of 2020, Norman Seawright III reports (1:56) WCCO 4 News At 6 - May 1, 2021
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: At Blaine's new head coach in baseball calls it a dream job because the Bengals team built him as a student athlete. But he was hired before last season, which didn't happen. As they've gotten a few games into the season, it is still a dream job for Ted Erickson.
TED ERICKSON: It's been a long road. I've always wanted to be a head baseball coach at Blaine High School. I went to school here, grew up in the community. And so I'm really looking forward to finally being able to do a dream of mine.
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: In Ted Erikson's second year as head coach of the Blaine baseball team.
TED ERICKSON: I'm a veteran when it comes to the offseason stuff.
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: He found a silver lining after the pandemic robbed his first season and the class of 2020.
TANNER VOGEL: We don't have many guys who played varsity baseball before, but I think most of us are ready to jump right into it. And we're just ready to get back out on the field. I think we're willing to do whatever it takes to get a sense of normality.
TED ERICKSON: I've always wanted to use baseball to grow young men in this community. And I want to give back to a community that gave to me. That was huge in making me who I am. I'm not perfect. I make plenty of mistakes but I think where I am now is because of coaches I had.
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: Even doing what you love sometimes comes with less than ideal circumstances. But the Bengals baseball team has had two off seasons now, which means they've had a lot of time to fine tune what they really want to do.
TANNER VOGEL: Then good. I've known Coach since my freshman year. He was my freshman year coach and he's always around. So it's easy to get to know him. Nice guy.
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: This job is mostly about community.
TED ERICKSON: Reception was very good. And working with the parents. I've got a solid booster team that helped me out. I mean, I wouldn't be where I was without this booster team, without my coaching staff. I mean, I don't-- it's not me.
NORMAN SEAWRIGHT III: Winning some games is a welcome bonus.
TANNER VOGEL: I had a really good team. We've got some big shoes to fill and we have endless possibilities. We're open to make it state maybe even Wednesday. That'll be amazing. So whatever we can do, we're just going to be the best we can be.
- All right. Thank you so much, Norman.