Bailey Linderman used to attend RiverDogs games because it was a fun way to spend time with friends. “I’d be one of those people who didn’t really care that the game was going on,” she confesses. And, she admits, she “knew zero about baseball” when the season started. “I’m really glad that wasn’t part of the interview,” she jokes.
But this past season she has attended 70 home games as the club events manager of the Riley Park Club at the RiverDogs’ baseball park.
The stunning 6,000-square-foot venue above the first-base line opened in March and boasts expansive views of the baseball field on one side and the Ashley River marsh on the other. Fans can buy season tickets or individual game tickets that grant access to the venue, which features leather club seating, a bar and food from Mercantile & Mash.
On Bailey’s first day on the job, her boss asked her to plan a hard-hat tour of the venue, which was still under construction. The event was scheduled to take place in two weeks.
No problem. In the next three months, Bailey would pull off that and other hard-hat tours as well as the grand opening of the venue. Her schedule never slowed down. You could find her at the park from 8 a.m. until after the final out. When the team went on a road trip, Bailey still reported to the park to help manage non-baseball events in the space.
“I basically live here,” she jokes.
So when her boss gives her a day off during the middle of the week, “you better believe I’m going to the beach,” says Bailey, who recently purchased a home about 10 minutes from Folly.
Bailey comes across as more laid-back than Type A. While her job requires long hours, the work is just fun.
“I’ve always just liked the party,” she says. “I just want to have a good time.”
And Bailey has become a true baseball fan. After we talked, she was heading to a playoff game against the Greenville Drive for the RiverDogs’ second consecutive postseason appearance.