It started as just another conversation after batting practice in a cramped trailer beyond the outfield fence. York Revolution manager Chris Hoiles and the team's director of baseball operations, Adam Gladstone, talked about their interests and dream jobs. They talked about something to do after baseball season, a conversation to take their thoughts away from waiting for Sovereign Bank Stadium construction to be completed.

A celebrity hunting trip seemed perfect. After a 10-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, Hoiles knew plenty of players who would be interested in such a venture, and Gladstone had a background in business and dozens of connections.

But back in 2007, it was just something to talk about between batting practice and the game's first pitch.

"You talk about a lot of stuff during a baseball season," Gladstone laughed when asked about their first conversations about celebrity hunting trips.

The two men ended their affiliation with the Revolution in August. Hoiles resigned, and days later the ownership group, Opening Day Partners, fired Gladstone. The two announced their future plans Wednesday afternoon. They have formed a sporting events management company - The Hoiles-Gladstone Group.

The company plans to host two hunting trips featuring sports celebrities this year. The trips, which cost $2,900, will take place on 7,000 acres of privately-owned land in northcentral Pennsylvania. The North Fork Lodge is owned by Kip Fulks, the senior vice president of outdoor for Under Armour, and it is near St.


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Mary's. Hoiles and former Orioles Will Clark, Ben McDonald and Jamie Walker will hunt with up to 16 hunters during a five-day, four-night trip.

"We want to try to bring people that our so-called 'untouchable,' people like sports celebrities, in to rub shoulders with fans," Hoiles said. "That's what I tried to do in York ... be approachable. We want fans to have that opportunity to interact."

Hoiles had concerns whether the hunting trips would work around his former teammates' schedules, but he had no reason to worry. The three former Orioles worked out the details with single phone calls.

A bow hunting trip for whitetail deer - HGG has called it "Bows, Bucks & Birds" - will take place Oct. 21-25. A deer hunting excursion with rifles has been scheduled for Dec. 2-6. Information, including registration and contact numbers, can be found at the company's Web site at www.HGGSports.com.

"I don't know if it's a dream job, but it's a passion of mine," Hoiles said about hunting. "I'm an outdoors guy, and I love the hunting aspects of this trip. Hunting has been a tradition passed down to me and something I've passed down to my boys. And it's something they've really enjoyed."

Hoiles, a lifelong hunter who grew up in Ohio hunting pheasants and other small game with his father, became a deer hunter only after arriving in Baltimore and meeting several teammates interested in big game.

The cost of the trip includes transportation to North Fork Lodge, Under Armour apparel and all meals and beverages. Transportation to the lodge will depart from Hunt Valley, Md., but Gladstone said a stop to pick up hunters in Central Pennsylvania will likely be scheduled. All meals during the trip will be prepared by "Famous James" Delaune, a cajun chef whose name should be familiar to some Revs players since he prepared meals for the team during its spring training trips to Lakeland, Fla., in 2007-08.

Although the announcement of the new company came during baseball season, it had nothing to do with revenge. Both Gladstone and Hoiles voiced their pleasure of working with the Revolution the last two years.

"I've heard this a couple times and I just wanted to get this out there. This company had nothing to do with (my resignation)," Hoiles said. "This is something we had planned. This was just a side thing. I did not miss a game or anything. Adam didn't miss a game. Our thoughts were always with changing this team. We wanted to win just as bad as the fans watching the games.

"It was a dream thing that we came up with . . . we wanted to get these guys in here to hunt, and we pulled it off. It didn't take away from the York Revolution at all.

Gladstone echoed Hoiles' thoughts on the subject.

"We did not do this by any stretch of the imagination to spite Opening Day Partners," Gladstone said. "We let (CEO) Peter Kirk, (President) Jon Danos and - even (Revs GM) - Matt O'Brien know during a meeting back in May."

The hunting trips could be just a first move by the company. Both men talked about future ventures, including work as business consultants. Gladstone had organized celebrity golf tournaments in the Baltimore area, and the company would welcome working with local individuals to put on similar events in the area. The two have also talked about building an indoor baseball facility in the York area. Gladstone said a fishing trip may be organized at a future date.

"Financially we're looking to build (the company) and then we can branch off into other areas," Hoiles said. "One or two (indoor baseball facilities) in this area is very much needed. But there are a lot of things wrapped up into it. We have some great ideas on the docket, but it's a matter of funding and maybe having a couple more sponsors come forward."

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