Pohrte part of All-Star festivities

Pohrte part of All-Star festivities

The opportunity Ryan Pohrte received in mid-July is one few people may ever receive.

And, to think, it may not have happened if he hadn't been visiting the Major League Baseball web site.

"I was just on there (in early July) and saw there were volunteer spots open for All-Star Week (in Minneapolis)," the Manchester University rising senior said. "I went ahead and filled the form out … I didn't know what to expect."

The response was something beyond his wildest dreams, according to Pohrte.

"(MLB) told me I had a volunteer slot," he noted. "However, it went even farther from there. I received a call, and they asked me to be a paid intern for the week. The whole process was amazing."

His experiences from July 11-15 in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, had a similar feeling.

"I met so many people from Adrian Peterson (star running back of the Minnesota Vikings) to Orlando Cepeda and Frank Robinson (two Major League Baseball Hall of Famers)," he said. "I did youth clinic drills with players like Giancarlo Stanton (of the Miami Marlins) and Jennie Finch (of USA Softball) during the FanFest activities and worked the Futures, Celebrity All-Star Softball and All-Star Games and Home Run Derby as security and seat holders for people with tickets as two of my main duties. The four days were incredible … they just flew by."

A member of the Spartans' baseball team, Pohrte knew full well the scope of his internship.

"There aren't too many times anyone gets a chance like this," he said. "Being around players and celebrities like that and working with an event on such a big stage will be something I'll never forget."

It was made even more special, as his brother, Patrick, joined him for the week.

"We're both huge sports and baseball fans," he admitted. "Every time there was another opportunity to do something new, we did it. It was great to be a part of it with him."