Aaron Page’s love for technology and sports started humbly.
It all began in elementary school when he helped set up a projector for one of his teachers.
Who would have thought that one day this local marvel-to-be would go from 3M overhead projectors to another set of M’s — Multi-Media Manager for Pacific Baseball Ventures.
“To this day, I don’t know why anyone would let a little, 9-year old help set up a multi-thousand-dollar projector system,” Page said.
Page dove into sports filming when he attended Walla Walla High School. He filmed Blue Devil football games for two seasons.
“I was treated as if I was a member of the full team,” Page said. “I have (coach Eric) Hisaw to thank for the opportunity to kick start my career in sports filming.”
Page was part of a ground floor of fans when the Walla Walla Sweets baseball club commenced their entry in the West Coast League.
“I will never forget the gleam in my late grandfather’s eyes as he showed me two tickets to the Sweets opening night,” Page said. “The feeling in Borleske Stadium was electric that night.”
Page attended Eastern Washington University after eight seasons as a Sweets season-ticket holder — seven of which he boasted perfect attendance.
He then learned that the Sweets were looking for a livestream board operator. He assumed the role late in Sweets season No. 9. It led to the position he now holds.
“At 3 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in a study room in my college dorm, I signed the contract that would solidify something that I had been chasing since I was 10 years old,” Page said.
Page — after months of technical planning and preparation, the hiring of game-day staff including technical experts Jared Kelenhoffer and Jose Leel, and the creation of a custom computer program by past colleague Brad Nelson — remembered his nervousness prior to the Sweets unofficial 2019 opener — a June 1 exhibition game with the Seattle Studs here at Borleske Stadium.
“It would be the ultimate test of if it worked, what needed to be worked out, and more importantly, would it last?” Page said. “As the game ramped up, the entire blur of summer took over.”
And what a summer it proved to be. The Sweets reached the WCL playoffs and pushed eventual champion Corvallis to the limit in a best-of three division series.
Walla Walla’s shining moment, on the field and in a technical sense, occurred in the ninth inning of the series’ second game when Sweet Justin Folz stunned a partisan Knights’ crowd with a two-out, full-count grand slam home run that broke a 4-4 tie.
“I hit record on the live streaming software,” Page said. “I had no idea the count was 3-and-2, or that there were two outs, or that the bases were loaded.
“We all lost our minds,” Page said. “I wasted no time ending the recording and prepping it for immediate rollout on to social media.”
The 2020 season is uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Page said that when 2021 rolls around, “we will be ready to expand upon a legacy that was started.”