BOSTON — As the minutes tick down before a Boston Red Sox home game, the State Street Pavilion is a flurry of activity.
The area is perched right behind home plate and holds one of the best views in all of New England. Upwards of 300 baseball-crazed fans are feasting and talking baseball in anticipation before settling down for nine innings.
In in the middle of it all is Meriden native Jim Kallinich, the Client Services Coordinator for Corporate Sponsorships & Client Services who heads the State Street Pavilion.
Kallinich, 30, worked his way up through the ranks to his current job with the Red Sox. He said he did by applying the lessons of hard work and perseverance he learned while playing football at Platt High School under former coach Tom Ryan and current coach Jason Bruenn.
Kallinich, a 2005 grad, served as a captain in his senior year on the line, helping the Panthers reach the state playoffs.
Kallinich said one of the biggest accomplishments was defeating Maloney on each Thanksgiving.
Following high school, Kallinich did a year post-grad at Cheshire Academy, then moved on to Endicott College and then launched his goal of joining the Red Sox.
Kallinich broke in at Fenway in 2013 as a Day-Game assistant and then was an assistant in the office. It was good timing. The Red Sox won the World Series that year and Kallinich collected a championship ring. He said he puts it on occasionally, including every Opening Day.
“I came in as an intern at 25 years old,” Kallinich said. “I was a little older and behind the 8-ball. I was working two full-time jobs. I was here 35 hours a week and I was doing my other job 40 hours a week,…