Greg Feasel is a former football player at Barstow High School and Barstow Community College. He eventually made his way into the pros, playing for the Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers and the Denver Gold in the United States Football League from 1983-1987.

He joined the Colorardo Rockies in 1996 after serving as the division director of sales and marketing for Coca-Cola Enterprises and worked his way up. He is currently preparing for the World Series with the Rockies.
Q: Where were you when Matt Holiday crossed the plate against the Padres?
A: We have a business operations box, and I was up there in the ball park experiencing it with everyone else. It was pretty magical. I've played in the NFL on Monday Night Football and in the National Championship in college, but I've never seen anything like it.

You just have to be there. You can't duplicate that. You can't put it on a TV or movie screen. It was a stadium full of 50,000 people who have been waiting 15 years for that.

Q: What has it been like to be around a team that has been on fire like the Rockies?
A: These guys come to work the same way every day. (Rockies Manger) Clint (Hurdle) and his staff have done a great job remaining focused on what they have to take care of. I think a team has never had this many wins in a row in the post season. They just keep going. It's insane.

Q: What are you responsibilities for the team, and how has it changed now that you're in the World Series?
A: I'm handle the tickets, the broadcasting all of the business stuff. With the World Series were so busy preparing. I've got to make sure all the wireless networks are in place, work with the Denver Police, make sure the park is clean, buy Hebrew National hot dogs, Coke, and Coors and make sure the park is clean. The number of press is huge. They're coming from all over the world. We've lost parking due to trucks and communications trailers.

We have to coordinate the pregame ceremonies and make sure all the electronics in the park are set up. Arrange for someone to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

There's just so many more people involved. You work with Major League Baseball throughout the season, but not to the extent that we do now. We're talking 15 to 20 times a day plus e-mails. It doesn't work like that in the regular season. It's all Fox people announcing. It's not our announcers. There's a lot more press in the park that we don't know. Usually we know the press people and they know us. We don't know anybody now. The numbers have just changed.

Q: What is it like going to the World Series as an executive?
A: Internally, it's a big undertaking. I don't think we'll be able to embrace and enjoy it fully until after it's over. The eyes of the world are on us. We're going to have capacity crowds.

Q: How did you get your job with the Rockies?
A: In 1991, I was working with Coca Cola originally. Then I was doing the marketing for the first season in 1993 between Coca Cola and the Rockies. There ended up being an opening at the Rockies and they asked me, and I said yes in January of 1996.

Q: Has your job changed over the years?
A: At the end of the day, it's just dealing with people. Yes the systems have changed, computer networks have changed, in game entertainment has changed, but people have to make everything work. It's changed, but it hasn't.

Q: How is professional baseball different than professional football?
A: I was on the players side of football and the business side of baseball so I can't really speak on the differences between them. We operate our team like a Fortune 500 company. I can't speak to you about football for sure, but my guess is that football is the same. You have CFO's and monthly financial reports. Your responsible for the bottom line.

Q: Do you still have family in Barstow?
A: No, my family doesn't live there anymore. I still have friends in the community I talk to, but I haven't been back since my 30-year reunion.

Q: What did you want to be as a kid growing up in Barstow?
A: I wasn't a star athlete. I didn't play a down senior year. I went to a small school for college and I got the opportunity to play. Sometimes you don't know what your dream is because it's so far away. When I was working for Coke, I would never have said I wanted to work for a baseball team.

Now I have the best of both worlds. I'm seen as a business man and sports man. The sports world has the highs and the lows not found anywhere else. It's wonderful one day and horrible the next. I love that. It's something I never could have known growing up in Barstow.

Sometimes I pinch myself. Only in America can a guy like me from Barstow end up working for a baseball team. I truly believe that.

Q: Does the altitude affect your job? A: No, it doesn't affect me. For the teams I think it affects them both. It's a lot like Barstow. It's dry like Barstow, but then there's the altitude on top of that.

Q: What do you think of Rocktober?
A: I think it was in a newspaper once, and we went out and jumped on it. We're in the process of getting it trademarked. It's great. You could sit in marketing meeting or focus groups for three days and not think of something like that. Sometimes the stars align, and you just capitalize on it.

Q: Have a lot of people been hounding you for tickets?
A: Yeah. It's been bad especially with my job. I oversee ticketing and so I've been saying no a lot. It's great to have the demand for it. I hate saying no, but there's only 50,000 seats a game and three games. That's 150,000 tickets total and there's a lot more people who want to go.

This interview was conducted by staff writer David Heldreth. Look every Tuesday for more Desert Dispatch Q&As. For more questions and answers head to the Desert Dispatch Sports Blog.