“I did everything from the players’ laundry to on-field host for the games,” Barlage said. “The promotional stuff. Then you’re responsible for setting up the ballpark, hanging fence signs, rolling the infield…I think I got a $2,000 stipend for the summer. Over the three-and-a-half months or whatever it was, I think it was about 8 cents an hour is what I got paid. But it was a gateway to get into a career that I really wanted. It was worth it.”

Barlage is still thankful for the opportunity Beetles owners Jill and Jim Wagner gave him that summer as a college student at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Barlage parlayed that internship into a role as the Beetles’ assistant general manager under then general manager

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