This year marks the 25th season of Harrisburg Senators’ baseball returning to City Island. To commemorate the anniversary and honor all of the ballplayers that have played here for the last 25 years, I’ll be posting interviews throughout the season with members of each of those past teams.
Today, we continue the series with outfielder Jeremy Ware who played all or parts of six seasons on City Island. Ware still holds many Senators’ team records that he accrued during his time with the team when he hit .267, scored 201 runs, and drove in 219 between the 1999 and 2004 seasons.
What are your fondest memories of playing here in Harrisburg?
Jeremy Ware: My fondest memories would definitely be the last of the 4 in a row championships when Milton hit the Slam in the bottom of the ninth. Wow, I still get chillls thinking about it. Also witnessing the year Andy Tracy had was incredible. Last but not least is getting traded back in August of 2002 and the run we made to just come up short in a rematch against Norwich. I guess when I really think about it there are just too many memories to list but the loyal fans are for sure memorable and helped make my repeated callups and sent downs a little easier. The Burg is definitely my home away from home.
You are still the Senators’ all-time leader in hits, runs, RBIs, and doubles. Does it mean something to still see your name littered throughout the Senators’ record books?
JW: I am definitely proud to see those records, I know it is over parts of 6 seasons but given the history and the names that have worn the Senators jersey it is humbling. I know I didn’t get an opportunity to play in the bigs but I can honestly say that I left it all on the field every time I put on a pro uniform. I look back on my years in Harrisburg with fond memories and still visit as often as I can.
You have a long and storied career playing for Canada in international events (like finishing fourth at the 2004 Olympics in Athens). What does it mean to you to represent your country and what’s the experience like?
JW: As far as playing for my country, it is the greatest accomplishment in my career. It is an amazing honour to don the Canada jersey which frequently brought tears of pride to my eyes when you realize what you are representing! To this day I can’t believe the opportunities I had with the team. I still get the chills thinking about walking into opening ceremonies in front of the world, it was amazing!
What have you been up to since your playing career in affiliated baseball ended?
JW: I still have a strong love for the game and play locally in a semi-pro wood bat league. It keeps me active and busy. I am still working full time doing renovations and such. The biggest news in my life is I am recently married to my wife Shannon, and we are currently expecting our first child in the fall on my birthday.
Thanks to Mr. Ware for taking the time out of his schedule to answer our questions and be a part of the rich tradition of Senators baseball.