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 Noah Hall who was with Harrisburg for the 2000 and 2003 seasons. In 2003, Hall batted .307 with 70 RBIs, 33 stolen bases, and scored a team-high 94 runs. Hall is currently playing for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.
Photo courtesy Mike Ashmore / Thunder Thoughts
What are your fondest memories of playing here in Harrisburg?
Noah Hall: I guess my fondest memory was the whole 2003 season, ya know, the whole season was probably my fondest memory of it. It was my first year back with the organization after they had released me a few years before and I guess I felt like I had something to prove which is always usually a good thing, kind of like this year, and I did well, I had a really good year there, and got some good opportunities after that season.
This year marks your 16th season playing baseball professionally. What’s been the best lesson you’ve learned in all those years, all those towns, all those organizations?
NH: How to be a professional, to focus on respecting the game and my teammates and the other players on the field, because there’s a lot of guys that don’t do that and they probably don’t last that long, but you have to respect this game to stick around.
In 2003, Seung Song threw a controversial no-hitter early in the season against Erie. What are your memories surrounding that game?
NH: I remember one of their guys tried to bunt in the last inning and that’s why it was controversial. He bunted it and it was either Seung Song or someone else in the field misplayed it and they gave him an error and usually they give a hit. They usually always give you a hit if the pitcher bobbles it or they fielded it and made a bad throw, it’s a hit, always. And this guy was fast too, it was a hit and they gave him an error and that’s why it was controversial I guess. That’s my main memory, I don’t remember what I did in that game but I remember that play. It was a hit, but on the other hand that’s part of respecting the game too, it’s the last inning and the guy’s trying to bunt. If the score was one-nothing, maybe. I can’t remember what the score, if it was one-nothing I guess I’ll take it back, but if it was more than one run the guy shouldn’t be bunting in the last inning because you just gotta try to hit at that point. If you didn’t try to bunt before you’re not gonna get it now. That’s part of the game. It’s an unwritten rule but you just don’t do that to try to try to break up a no-hitter.
Fill the readers in on where you’ve been and how you’ve been since last here in Harrisburg.
NH: I’m married with a three year old child. He’s awesome and my wife is awesome too, and that’s the biggest part of my life now, and at that point I didn’t have that going on. So that and playing one last year here. I’d like to get picked up for one last year. This is probably my last year but I want to coach down the line so I’m keeping that on the back burner. But this is the last year, just trying to have fun. For our team its tough ‘cause we’re losing, but you just gotta play, you can’t control what else is going on besides what you’re doing. So I’m just playing and having fun!
Thanks to Mr. Hall for taking the time out of his schedule to answer our questions and be a part of the rich tradition of Senators baseball.
We also wish to thank Lisa Verish with the Camden Riversharks for facilitating the interview.