New to the Mix – Crystal Tanner Staff Feature
This offseason, the G-Braves have brought in eight new staff members. To get fans more acclimated to the recently added staff, we will be having weekly staff features here on the blog. Up next is the new Ticket Sales Manager, Crystal Tanner.
How did you end up with the G-Braves and what previous sports experience, if any, got you to the position you currently hold?
I previously worked in the ticket offices of the Atlanta Braves and Georgia State University Athletics. The G-Braves was a natural next step for me, because this team holds a lot of the philosophies that the Atlanta Braves hold.
As a new member of the staff, what are you looking forward to most when it comes to working for a new team?
It is really exciting to work for a team that welcomes new ideas and fresh perspectives. I also am looking forward to meeting more of our fans, and taking care of them.
What is your dream job in sports and how does it compare to what you wanted to be as a kid?
I would love to be a director of ticketing for a major professional team, which doesn’t even compare to what I wanted to be as a kid: I wanted to be Pat Summit’s Associate Head Basketball Coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. I grew up around basketball (my dad was a high school coach) and played in college, so I always thought I would coach.
We asked each new staff member a number of “This or That” questions to find out some things you might not figure out by just looking at the online staff bios.
When asked to pick between N’ Sync or the Backstreet Boys, Crystal couldn’t decide, saying it is the toughest decision of her life to pick just one of them. The Flying ‘V’ left a lasting impression in her sports movie life and she selected the Mighty Ducks over the baseball favorite, The Sandlot. Crystal also prefers College Football over the NFL.
If a movie was made about her life, Crystal said that it would be a romantic comedy and Helen Hunt would play her role. When it comes to TV Sitcom families, she would want to be a member of the Bluths from Arrested Development. In terms of superheros, she prefers Bruce Wayne’s Caped Crusader over Clark Kent’s Man of Steel. Also, Rugrats was her favorite cartoon growing up. In the Adam Sandler movie question, Crystal selected the penguin-hallucinating Billy Madison over the hockey wannabe, Happy Gilmore.
Food-wise, Crystal doesnt like Burger or Mickey D’s, she like Chick-Fil-A over Zaxby’s and Mexican food over Italian, which if you are keeping track, is the THIRD straight new employee that prefers Mexican food over Italian.
Last but not least, Crystal’s choice for walk up song. Take a listen and stay tuned for our next staff feature in the coming week! Only 118 days until Opening Day, ladies and gents!