02/10/09 5:35 PM EST
Obama question leads to Miracle gig
Student in Florida becomes national sensation, local commentator
By Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com
Several hours later, he landed a gig with the Class A Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins' affiliate in the Florida State League.
Osegueda, a 19-year-old college student who has worked at the Cape Coral McDonald's franchise for the past four years, was last but definitely not least at the town hall meeting. In a clip that is already being circulated around the Internet, Osegueda enthusiastically asked Obama if he plans to help workers receive better benefits at work.
"The fact that you are working as hard as you are working, at a job that I know sometimes doesn't always pay as well as some other jobs, I think that's a source of pride for you. That shows that you're doing the right thing," replied Obama.
The President then asked Osegueda what his future career goals are, and Osegueda replied that he plans to be "a broadcaster or a disc jockey."
This remark caught the attention of Miracle promotions director Gary Sharp.
"I contacted some people who I knew who were at the event, and said 'Find this guy, and get his phone number,'" explained Sharp. "I gave [Julio] a call, and he was as excited talking to me as he was talking to the President. I offered Julio the chance to do color commentary during our home opener [on April 10], and he was like 'This is incredible! This is great!' There was no negotiating."
Osegueda has never done any sports broadcasting before, but he's up for the challenge.
"I was on the air at a local radio station once, but I've never done anything like this," he said in a phone interview, speaking with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm he displayed at the town hall meeting. "This gives me a good reason to get some books and keep working hard. I want to do a great broadcast, and I'm going to do everything I can to make it as memorable as today was."
Indeed, the events of Tuesday aren't going to leave Osegueda's memory any time soon.
"It was just amazing, getting the chance to ask the President a question that not only affects myself, but that also affects a lot of other individuals," he said. "When he called on me, I just went nuts. It just feels so good to be myself right now. There are times I don't like my life, but today made me forget all the negative things."
Sharp, meanwhile, feels that Osegueda will be an ideal fit for the Miracle.
"The kind of energy he brings really fits our profile," he said. "Our philosophy is 'Fun is Good', and Julio seems like the kind of guy who will help people have a great time at the ballpark."
Benjamin Hill is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.