is like most any other 13-year-old Vermont boy: He
participates in baseball and basketball, and he
plays the trumpet in the Crossett Brook Middle School band.
"homework" is where the Waterbury resident differs from junior-high classmates.
Goodman is now a retired Red Sox Kid Nation captain (it was a two-year term), which opened several big doors for the young man with bright brown eyes and a mop of thick, wavy brown hair.
"Kid Nation started as just one of those things that you sign up for and then forget about in an hour," Goodman
said of the official kids club of the Boston Red Sox, a team he
"fell in love with" after it won the 2007 World Series, when he
forgot about it for about a month, then the Big Club
was told he
was one of 25 finalists from more than 900 applicants nationwide.
To become one of the 12 captains, he
needed to win votes in an online poll.
His father, David Goodman, has a weekly show on WDEV, "The Vermont Conversation," and Jasper approached NASCAR broadcasting - and local - legend Ken Squier, the station's president, who also began his media career at age 12, about campaigning during Squier's noontime sports show.
Goodman, whose mother, Sue Minter, is a former state representative from Waterbury and the former Tropical Storm Irene recovery officer for the state, also got some good air time with the broadcast crews for the Red Sox and, through his WDEV connections, was able to attend spring training for the third time earlier this month.
"Spring training is baseball's coming-out party," Goodman
"I talk to as many players, reporters and executives as I possibly can."
And starting next week, Goodman
is expanding his
media reach with a regular column on the Times Argus sports page, which will focus primarily on his
love of and connection to baseball.
I don't know of too many markets that have such a young talent with the credentials that Jasper
Goodman can also be seen around central Vermont making guest appearances on broadcasts of local high school games, in the press box at the Vermont Mountaineers and the VIP box at Thunder Road, and was working for WDEV in November 2011 when recently departed Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and current GMs Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees and Neil Huntington of the Pittsburgh Pirates were at Vermont Technical College for a Tropical Storm Irene fundraiser.
The event was put on by ESPN baseball analyst and Vermont native Buster Olney - most of whom know Goodman
on a first-name basis.
"Being a kid in the adult media world isn't always easy," Goodman