New Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Jeff Levering knew the Laser Show long before it burst onto the scene at Fenway Park.
As a youngster, Levering played summer baseball with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Levering, who went on to play at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., where he studied broadcast journalism and was the DH on Chapman’s Division 3 national title team in 2003, has kept in touch with Pedroia throughout the years.
The 29-year-old announcer comes to Pawtucket after three seasons as the radio voice of St. Louis’ Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals.
He went one-on-one with The Eagle-Tribune’s Christopher Smith.
Smitty: When did you meet the Laser Show?
Levering: We were on a travel ball team for summer league when I was 15 years old. We were both sophomores in high school. We just finished up our sophomore seasons and they put together a good, elite team.
Smitty: Were you considered elite like Pedroia?
Levering: At that time I was. And it was nice because I hit either in front of him or behind him. So we were always hitting 2 or 3. So it was great. He’s a great guy. I had a chance to see him again down in Fort Myers and catch up with him a little bit and he hasn’t changed.
Smitty: So Pedroia was boisterous back then, too?
Levering: Oh, yeah, absolutely. We had a couple of real characters on the team. Pedroia was definitely one of them. I was the other one. We kind of led that team and we had a blast. We had a lot of guys who played D-1 college. We were definitely kind of the voices.
I was there for his major league debut in 2006 in Anaheim. I was working for the Angels at the time. And then I was there in ‘09 during the playoff run for him as well.