How did Mix wind up an usher? Like many retirees in Vero Beach, Fla., Mix wanted to keep busy. His nickname is “The Mayor.” He knows everybody. That’s what an usher does.

“This is a great spot behind home plate, and the people are the best thing about this job,’’ Mix said. “They come in, they are friendly, they’re baseball fans. Instead of passing the ball to Julius Erving, I’m helping ladies down to their seats and helping them back up. I have a wonderful time doing it.’’