Monthly Archives: February 2009

Twins vs. Red Sox

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A new season will be underway tonight at 7:05 P.M., when thousands of snow-birds and die-hard fans will come to Hammond Stadium and see the cross-town rivals Boston Red Sox take on an almost identical 2008 Twins team.   

I’m as nervous as any rookie out in the backfields– a 13 or 14 hour day?  Who signed me up for this? Kidding, kidding…. but seriously, I’m nervous.  I’m not sure why–I don’t even know what I’m doing at the game tonight.  I was hoping to introduce myself to Johnny Pesky (a Red Sox LEGEND for you non-baseball fans), as my Grandpa Platt coached him during WWII in Bunker Hill, IN along with Ted Williams.  However, a friend of mine who works for the Red Sox said his age is keeping him from attending road games.  My Grandma Platt said Johnny was much more personable then Ted–apparently they were on a first-name basis.  Hopefully I can track him down before Spring Training is over.

I can’t wait until the game tonight– GO TWINS!!

I also figured out how to put pictures on here finally…enjoy!

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The Fort Myers Miracle GM, Steve Gliner, and I in the parade!

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Just a thought..

A comment someone left on here yesterday made me think about 1) why I like to write and 2) what keeps me doing it.

I’ve been interested in writing as long as I can remember–I would make up character’s names and ages on a yellow legal notepad before I started my story, and would write about six or seven pages of whatever a ten or eleven year-old thought was important. I eventually wrote for my high school’s newspaper and yearbook, and finally decided to major in journalism at IU, where I wrote for the Indiana Daily Student for a short time and tried my hand at broadcasting with IUSTV.

With sports marketing as my minor, I thought it was pretty ingenious of me to combine two areas of interest that I love–writing, and sports. I guess my goal is kind of to be the Erin Andrews of print (however, I would like to be known for my talent…but, I would like to say that I think Erin Adrews is VERY talented and should be recognized for that more often).

I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about baseball. I can tell you what the stats mean and who is in what league, but other than that, I honestly don’t care. There is so much more to every athlete that goes unmentioned, and that is what I love to write about–who they are, specifically when they aren’t in uniform.

Every single person has a story. Have you ever asked someone, “so what’s your story?” What is their response? Probably something along the lines of “I don’t really have one,” “My life is boring,” “Nothing interesting happens to me,” and so on.

But if you ask the right questions, there will be a story. Great stories stem from great conversations, and I think great conversations stem from asking what others don’t.

I keep writing because of the fulfillment I get in translating someone’s life into a story that otherwise wound’t be told. Everyone likes to talk about themselves, and I like to give them a chance to do that.

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.”
-Reba McEntire

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Spring Training is Here, pt. 2

Spring TrainingPitchers and catchers, along with some over-eager position players, have finally reported to Ft. Myers and Hammond Stadium. Since this is my first spring training, I had no idea that people came to watch the morning practices–there is even a concession and souvineer stand set up.

Since I’m still somewhat new to the scene, I’m a little star-struck…so I snuck out of the office and caught a few minutes of the pitchers and catchers working out. You can tell which fans are seasoned ones, well equipped with a wind-breaker (they get cold easily these days), a roster and pen, and a methodic trailing of the players as they move from the main field to the bullpen to the back fields.

As I stood behind a crowd of people by the bullpen, I noticed a young boy, probably four or five, who refused to leave when his dad said it was time to go. He had found the perfect gap to watch the pitchers warm up, and he follwed their pitches–back and forth, back and forth. It’s amazing when you see a kid in such awe of these athletes, but I didn’t know whether to smile, or be sad at the sight, knowing there is only an 8% chance any baseball player will ever wear a major league jersey. Either way, I hope these players know how much of a role model they are to these kids (ahem… are you listening, Michael Phelps?).

It’s interesting to be in an employee position here, where I can stand from afar and take in what being a “fan” really is. It’s fun to see the older fans come out to practice in the morning, people that have probably been coming, faithfully, for years, and fun to see Dad’s bringing their sons to what is maybe their first glance at Major League Baseball, and everyone in between.

Vin Scully (in For Love of the Game): “After 19 years in the big leagues, 40 year old Billy Chapel has trudged to the mound for over 4000 innings. But tonight, he’s pitching against time, he’s pitching against the future, against age, against ending. Tonight, he will make the fateful walk to the loneliest spot in the world, the pitching mound at Yankee Stadium, to push the sun back into the sky and give us one more day of summer.”

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Spring Training is Here!

 

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It’s a breezy 80 degrees and sunny today here in Ft. Myers–what a great day to be working outside! I wear “work clothes” to work everyday but somehow find myself in my Nike running shorts and t-shirt by lunch…. there is lots of moving and cleaning that has to be done before Spring Training oficially starts. Today, I’m taking down the old billboards in the outfield–not a bad gig when the weather is this great!

New faces are starting to appear at the stadium–today it was the Twin’s clubhouse manager, “Hotrod,” and other guys from MN helping unload boxes and boxes of Gatorade and other clubhouse essentials. It’s nice to have a little activity down here–can’t wait until things really pick up tomorrow, when the Twin’s truck arrives with everything else for the clubhouse and players.

It’s amazing to me that I will be soon passing people like Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau down in the tunnel… as a sports fan, it’s hard to differenciate how I veiw them (sports celebrity) and how they view themselves (regular twenty-something-year-old).

Little boys dream of being like these guys the first day their dad’s teach them to play catch–I can’t imagine how Mauer feels knowing that every spring brings a new season of nights under the lights and every fall brings the opportunity of being Mr. October.

“You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you” -Roy Campanella

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Resident of Florida: 1 month

Well, I have been living in Florida for 1 month now, and the temperatures have dipped below the freezing mark about 5 or 6 times… Apparently when I left Indiana I didn’t leave the cold weather behind. Fortunately, the forecast this weekend is 80 and sunny! 🙂

Anyway, in my first month as an intern, I have accomplished the following:
-taste tested foreign beers for Ballpark Festival of Beers (i’ll stick to Bud Light)
-called 9 Major League teams demanding their spring training rosters
-researched information for the Farm League Report in the Spring Training program and wrote articles on every farm league team affiliated with the Twins
-ate expired beef jerkey almost every day (thanks Rory and Josh) so we didn’t feel guilty throwing it away (oxymoron: you probably SHOULD throw away expired beef jerkey….)
-cleaned out and organized the “tunnel”… it was a daunting task, trust me
-made somewhere around or over 200 name tags for spring training employess

and my accomplishments in my personal life thus far:
-joined a new gym
-got in my first fender-bender (in the lexus, no less. sorry m & d)
-became roommates with my uncle and 90 yr old grandpa
-became a much, much better chef 🙂
-consistantly hit the snooze button only ONCE every morning (i get up at 7am these days. rough.)
-became the proud owner of “business clothes”
-became the proud owner of my own business cards! ( i have my own extension now too…i’m sooo professional :))

there’s more, of course, but my writing time is limited here at work… being in the real world is hard!

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Back!

Wow…I’ve been so busy!! We moved our offices from upstairs on the 3rd floor to down in the tunnel so the Twins front office can move in for Spring Training… that was some serious moving! Annnd we get to move it all back up in about 6 weeks. Anyway, I don’t have the Internet downstairs yet and I have been too tired when I get home so that’s why I am a little behind!

Anyway, my uncle Mike and my 90-year-old Grandpa are here for a little vacation until March 11th…. Actually, they already had this planned before I got this job, therefor, I’m the one intruding on their space. I was a little nervous at first, but it’s great hearing that I “sure look pretty” every morning before I go to work, and that my cooking is “perfect!” Good ‘ol G-Pa. He is such a sweet old guy! Having “guests” has improved my cooking– it’s nice to have people enjoy what you make! Last night, my uncle said it was “restaurant worthy.” I’m not sure about that, but I’l take it!

It’s also nice to have my Grandpa around, seeing that he is 90. I feel very lucky I get to spend this much time with him. He’s pretty funny and says the funniest things…partly due to memory loss and partly because he is catching up on all the times my Grandma didn’t leave him any room to say anything! Shout-out to G-Ma Helen….G-Pa and I (and everyone) love and miss you very, very much, 9-20-06.

My mom and Aunt TIsh get here in 2 weeks for a 2 week vacation… going to be a full house! Oh, I also joined a new gym and absolutely love ANYTIME FITNESS! I got my booty kicked tonight at class. If I thought I was working out hard before, I was sooo wrong. Their staff (props to chris, michael, & matt!) is awesome and I actually ENJOY working out now.

Hope everyone is surviving the cold and snow up North!

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