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April 10, 2013

Welcome to Fenway Park

Marblehead native is a PA announcer for the Red Sox

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Mahegan played baseball at Marblehead High, but that was not his path to Fenway Park.

“I wasn’t very good,” he said. “I was like ‘some field, no hit.’”

Since he was a boy, Mahegan dreamed of working for the Red Sox and, once he got older, flooded the team with emails, résumés, texts and phone calls.

After graduating from Trinity College, he landed his first job, but it wasn’t at Fenway Park.

“I was moving furniture ...” he said. “Just out of (sheer) luck, we were delivering to (Red Sox President) Larry Lucchino and (owner) John Henry, some kind of a coffee table. I literally put my résumé in the drawer of the coffee table.”

He doesn’t know if anyone ever saw his letter, but persistence finally paid off. Not much later, he was invited to be a Red Sox intern. The year was 2004.

“I couldn’t have picked a better year to start,” he said of the year the Red Sox won the World Series and broke an 86-year-old curse.

He joined media relations in 2007 and worked there for three years, leaving in 2010 to become a teacher.

One of his jobs in media relations was making announcements over the press box intercom. In retrospect, it proved to be a minor league stint before being called up to the majors.

While working in media relations, Mahegan was asked if he would be willing to fill in for Beane should the iron-man announcer ever miss a game. He accepted, knowing that was an unlikely possibility.

“It was like being backup first baseman for Lou Gehrig,” he said of the Yankee legend who held the consecutive games record before it was broken by Cal Ripken.

When the call finally came to fill in under such tragic circumstances, Mahegan was overwhelmed, saddened, petrified and just hopeful he could help. He had been away from the Red Sox for two years, but he also understood, in a way, why they called.

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