Getting to Know: Michael Polak and Jordan Schiff

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Hanukkah is now officially underway, and to celebrate, we’re bringing back one of the most popular features on “Quack of the Bat” by popular demand. That, of course, is our “Getting to Know” article. Last offseason, readers were extremely excited to learn more about the front office staff members who work hard year-round to put together the great product at Bethpage Ballpark each year. Among those featured on the blog already were Director of Group Sales John Wolff, Director of Season Sales Brad Kallman, and Merchandise and Client Services Manager Jay Randall.

With Hanukkah beginning on Tuesday night, we have decided to give fans a two-for-one special and highlight two members of our staff who are celebrating the holiday. They are Media Relations and Broadcasting   Manager Michael Polak and Promotions and Community Outreach Manager Jordan Schiff. As they light the Menorah and indulge in some Potato Latkes and Chocolate Gelt, let’s find out more about the dynamic duo:

Michael Polak
Polak Media intro

Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
Resides: New Hyde Park, NY
College: Ithaca College (Graduated in December of 2009)
Previous Jobs/Internships: Production Intern at SportsNet New York, Sports Intern at WCBS NewsRadio 880 AM and WNBC-TV Channel 4, Broadcasting Intern with the Los Angeles Kings, Sports Reporter for Torrance CitiCable 3, Play-by-Play Broadcaster with the Ontario Reign, Live Editor at Neulion, Inc. and Associate Producer at MSG Varsity…and Bat Boy for the Ducks in 2006.
Famous For: Getting eaten alive by the tarp
Hidden Talent: Rapping (not to be confused with wrapping…which he is incredibly poor at)
Favorite Baseball Team (Besides the Ducks): New York Yankees
Favorite Football Team: New York Jets
Favorite Basketball Team: New York Knicks
Favorite Hockey Team: New York Rangers
Most Memorable Sporting Event Ever Attended: David Wells’ Perfect Game and the “Buttfumble Game”
Favorite Restaurant: Smokin’ Al’s
Favorite Food: Steak and Sweet Potatoes
Favorite Food Promotion: Whenever McDonald’s brings back the McRib
Favorite Jewish Food: Potato Latkes
Favorite Movie: I Love You, Man
Favorite Band: Green Day
Dream Vacation Spot: Italy
Most Memorable Ducks Moment: Calling the Ducks back-to-back Atlantic League championship victories
Home Run Call: “You Can Forget It!”
Ducks Player I’ve Most Enjoyed Watching: Mike Loree
Best Part About Working for the Ducks: Traveling with the team around the Atlantic League and getting to know each of the players

Polak (3)


Jordan Schiff
Jordan Schiff (1)


Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Resides: Massapequa, NY
College: Binghamton University (Class of 2010)
Previous Jobs/Internships: Game Day Intern with the Brooklyn Cyclones, Video Production Intern with the New York Mets and Counselor at Camp Monroe
Famous For: Tossing T-Shirts into the Crowd
Hidden Talent: Juggling
Favorite Baseball Team (Besides the Ducks): New York Mets
Favorite Football Team: New York Jets
Favorite Basketball Team: Brooklyn Nets
Favorite Hockey Team: The Mighty Ducks (from D2 of the movie trilogy)
Most Memorable Sporting Event Ever Attended: Game 3 of the 2000 World Series and first-ever Nets home game in Brooklyn
Favorite On-Field Promotion: Mascot Races
Favorite Restaurant: IHOP
Favorite Food: All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes
Favorite Jewish Food: Matzah Ball Soup
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans
Best Friend: QuackerJack
Favorite Type of Cat: Keyboard
Dream Vacation Spot: Japan
Most Memorable Ducks Moment: Watching Dan Lyons win the 2012 Atlantic League championship for the Ducks from the first base camera well
Ducks Player I’ve Most Enjoyed Watching: Mike Parisi
Best Part About Working for the Ducks: Being able to put smiles on the faces of 6,000+ baseball fans every night during the season

Jordan Schiff with Fehlandt Lentini

We would like to wish everyone celebrating a very Happy Hanukkah, and we hope that everyone’s holiday season is off to a wonderful start!

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Posted on December 17, 2014, in Feature Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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