A love for baseball gained Marshalltown native Lynn Cripps another opportunity he couldn't pass up.
A former Senior Sergeant in the Marshalltown Police Department, Cripps rang in his 10th year off the job with a new position in baseball. In November, Cripps was hired on as the new clubhouse manager of the Clinton LumberKings - the Class A minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
"I was looking on their website but I wasn't really looking for a job," Cripps said. "I saw the clubhouse position was open and I had done some stuff over there last season.
"I interviewed on Nov. 8, spent four hours with General Manager Ted Tornow, and at the end of that day he offered me the job."
Cripps said the approval of his wife, Anni, was all he needed.
"She was like, 'Hey, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Cripps said. "Having my wife say, 'You need to do this,' that meant a lot to me. And with being able to come home during some of the away games, that made it an even better opportunity.
"All the stars were lined up, I was pretty well blessed, and the decision was fairly easy."
Cripps said he will spend a majority of the 5-month season at Ashford University Field in Clinton, home of the LumberKings. Primary job duties include laundering the team's uniforms, readying meals for the team, prepping baseballs - essentially serving as "the hostess with the mostest," he said.
"If you don't want to be around (baseball) 24-7, it's not for you."
Cripps has served as a volunteer assistant on the Marshalltown Community College baseball staff for the past eight seasons, as well as serving as an associate scout for the New York Mets.
"This should be fun," said Cripps. "It will keep me on my toes."