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By Eric Weld   Date: 8/24/11 Bookmark and Share

Summer Fenway Internship Wins Convert to Red Sox Nation

Though she may not have been a Red Sox fan when she first reported to Fenway Park for her summer internship with the team, it only took a couple days for Meaghan Fileti ’12 to become one.

“I sort of fell in love with the Red Sox,” she says, after spending the first week, in June, sorting through fan mail to team players. “Boston is extremely faithful to their team and you don’t see that many other places. The fan base for the Red Sox is really something incredible.”

Hailing from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Fileti (forgivably) grew up a fan of the nearby Los Angeles Dodgers. “I am a huge baseball fan and always have been. Baseball is America’s pastime and there is nothing better than being a part of America’s oldest sport.”

After one summer in Beantown, one might say Fileti is a convert. “I’d really love to see the Red Sox play the [Philadelphia] Phillies in the World Series,” she says. “But we will just have to wait and see.”

A view from the Green Monster—the best place to watch the Sox, says Fileti.

Fileti, an economics major, became interested in the Red Sox internship as a way to learn about the business of sports. Her job, which ended last week, was in the Fenway Ballpark Planning and Development office, which focused on signage and updates within the ballpark, keeping the facility in repair and ready for home events.

Her main task on the job was selling replica bricks for the park’s 100th Anniversary Brick Program during every home game. Each brick she sold represents a brick to be affixed inside Fenway in 2012 to celebrate the park’s milestone anniversary.

Fileti learned invaluable lessons about the professional world, she says, as a result of her Red Sox internship, including effective ways to interact on the job, the importance of a positive attitude no matter the task, and to ask for help when it’s needed.

But her favorite aspect of the job was making people happy. “I love being around people,” she says, “and there is nothing better than being able to put a smile on someone’s face.”

Sadly, Fileti reports, she and other interns had limited contact with the team players, because the players are either on the road or busy when at the park. Nonetheless, she was able to watch them during every home game, especially after the seventh inning, when her brick booth closed up and she headed for the Green Monster to catch the end of the game.

“There is nothing better than being able to watch the game from there,” she attests.

Especially when her favorite player, first baseman and hitter extraordinaire Adrian Gonzalez, comes to the plate. “Not only is he a superb baseball player but he is extremely down to earth,” she says. “He has really proved himself after being traded [to the Red Sox] from the [San Diego] Padres.”

Sure enough—a converted Red Sox fan all the way.

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