It’s not often I have not one, but two hours of free time on my hands where I don’t have ANY homework waiting for me. No Stat S-300 folder sitting lonely in my backpack, no “Espanol Tareas” to complete (Spanish homework) and no Sport Marketing P418 waiting for me to figure out what market I am targeting for the next up-and-coming sport product. No, readers, I am sitting in the Indianapolis International Airport, very new and clean might I add, waiting for my 7:14 p.m. flight to Ft. Myers, Florida, home of the Spring Training Minnesota Twins, their High-A affiliate Fort Myers Miracle, and many of my good friends that I have made since making this sandy, sun-filled state my second home.
Currently, I am sitting at an un-named sports bar watching the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team hopefully defeat Northwestern…and if they lose, hopefully it’s in exciting fashion….an exciting loss is almost as good as a win for us these days. Ah, but I am optimistic that by the time I return to IU to see if I have really outgrown Kirkwood and Walnut that the basketball team has redeemed itsself. To might right is a man dressed in a suit that is worth at least five times that is currently in my bank account talking about “capital trust, capital qualified, and capital non-qualified trust” on his BlackBerry Tour. To the left of me is a man from the East coast, only identifiable by his thick accent that I hear all too much on the IU campus. His heaping plate of pasta and bread sticks that he brought from the “authentic pizzeria” across from the bar also gave him away. Have you ever seen the movie “For Love of the Game?” If you have, remember the man in the airport rooting for the Yankees? According to IMDB, his real name is David Mitchell Evans. Anyway, he precedes to name every Yankee player and their number dating back eons and is a general annoyance to everyone else in the bar. Yeah, that is who I am sitting by right now. Between him and Mr. Business on my left (Tour still glued to his right ear discussing an account in Persia), I am stuck somewhere between the Bronx and Wall Street.
I also just ran into my journalism Sport Research J-460 professor, on his way to Maryland, where he lives permanently. Good think he canceled class today…apparently we both had important flights 🙂
Oh, IU is leading 20-17 over Northwestern. HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOOOOOSSSIIEERRRS!
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It’s safe to say that I BARELY made it though the first two Spring Training games–in fact, only one and a half. During the win over the Red Sox Wednesday night, the weather went from warm and sunny to chilly and windy as soon as the sun went down. Combine that with standing outside all night and you’ve got yourself a Top 5 worst cold of all time. So, the President of Miracle Baseball, Linda McNabb, found me on a makeshift bed of office chairs during the Twins/Yankees game Friday and promptly let me go home where I am pleased to say I feel 80% better this morning.
I have had the three worst colds/sinus infections in my life when I have been in Florida…once my freshman year in college during spring break in Miami (that required a quick trip to an emergency med center in a not-so-nice part of Miami…), once during Miracle season last year (the chicken dance and YMCA on top of the dugout needed a break from me as much as I needed a break from it) and now this one–where I slept for about four hours yesterday afternoon on a double-decker blow up matress (Mom, Aunt Tish, Uncle Mike, and G-pa are still here…no bed for me!).
Anyway, the game and a half I have made it through have been fun–lots of work (14 hr work day on Wednesday), but great to see all the things we have done to prepare for opening night come together. It’s especially great when families come up to me and explain that this is their son or daughters first time at a Spring Training game and they are having a great time, or how beautiful Hammond Stadium is and what a great facility it is for Spring Training.
It’s comments like those that remind you why you’re doing what your doing and keeps you wanting to do it more. Many things we do go unnoticed, but when someone takes an extra moment to tell you what a great job your doing or how great their experience was… that makes it all matter.
We play the Red Sox again tomorrow, and hopefully I will make it through the entire game! Check out the MLB network–not sure Sunday’s game is on (MLB Network website hasn’t posted which games will airing) though. Also, TODAY on MLB Network, 30 Games in 30 Days will be coming to you from Ft. Myers Florida/Hammond Stadium on the Minnesota Twins!