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Waiting for My Pitch…

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Searching for a job or internship is a lot like stepping up to the plate in baseball. Every time you’re in the batter’s box you hope to hit a home run the same way you hope your job search will yield the dream opportunity. Good batters know they can’t knock one out every time, but they know their chances are better if they wait for a pitch they like.

If you swing at a pitch that isn’t yours or take a job you don’t want you are limiting your opportunities. You’ll likely perform poorly and any success you have comes with a low ceiling.

Sometimes, of course, you have to swing at pitches you’d otherwise pass on. If you are down two strikes and he throws another your only option is to swing. Taking a job for the sake of having one isn’t ideal but it’s better than unemployment.

This fall I will be interning in the sports industry and to this point I have stayed patient and sought only positions that are right for me. Two companies have told me they are not yet hiring for the fall, others I still haven’t heard back from, and one site has told me that I will not be interning with them.

I know which pitches I need to lay off and which I can take deep, then there are others, still, that can be hits or outs. I want a home run but I need to get on base. I want an internship that fits my strengths but I need to get experience in sports.

As the fall semester approaches my focus is shifting from want to need, but I remain hopeful that I’ll get my pitch.

Here’s the 2-1 offering. I’m sitting curve ball, low and inside…


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It Ain’t Sosa

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sammy Sosa in Congress - March 17, 2005

Sammy Sosa in Congress - March 17, 2005

Yesterday it was reported in the New York Times that Sammy Sosa tested positive for PEDs in 2003. Media members keep throwing out Sosa’s 2005 Congressional quote:

I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything.

Regardless of your take on any drug, he very well could have been telling the truth.

On March 17, 2005 Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark McGwire took the stand and answered questions alongside their Judas, Jose Canseco. Nearly a month earlier Canseco published Juiced: Wild Times, ‘Rampant Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big.

Sosa was not listed as one of the many users Canseco named but wrote:

I can’t say for a fact he took steroids — but he gained 30 pounds just like that — you could see the bloating in his face and neck. It seemed so obvious. It was a joke.

At the time of the Congressional Hearing there were no laws or rules against any drugs or narcotics in Major League Baseball.

Regardless of if Sosa took the drugs is irrelevant. He need now either affirm or refute these recent allegations. If he did use drugs of any kind he should admit to it but maintain that there were no guidelines for drug use in the MLB at the time. He did not lie.

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3rd Ever Fan of the Week Contest: Brett Favre is Retired, Move On

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The rules for the “Fan of the Week” Contest are simple. E-mail your answer to the contest to With your answer send your name and any shout-out you might like me to give (your blog, Twitter/LinkedIn account, etc.). All you win is the shout-out and your posted answer. Winners are posted the following week with the new contest.

It’s not Monday or Tuesday. Today is Wednesday. Here’s this week’s installment of the failing experiment known as the Fan of the Week Contest. Matt was last week’s winner with a great call for a bone crushing hit. He writes his own great blog called the Buddy Pass.

Now listen. I will do this forever. I’m not giving up on this experiment because once this site’s traffic goes through the roof and I’ve got more readers you’ll see some great effort out there.

Here’s the deal for this week. I want you to write a letter. Doesn’t need to be long, just something short and sweet, a paragraph will do. You have two options with your letter. The first is to tell Brett Favre to go away. The second is to tell the media to stop covering any story with Brett Favre (yes, I see the irony in that I’m making a contest about Brett Favre related when I wish he would just go away).

Here’s last week’s winning play call from Matt. Make sure to go read his blog The Buddy Pass.

“Simply stated…Stevens just put Kozlov down for the count. Goodnight.”

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2nd Ever Fan of the Week Contest: Call the Play

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Monday, June 1, 2009

The rules for the “Fan of the Week” Contest are simple. E-mail your answer to the contest to With your answer send your name and any shout-out you might like me to give (your blog, Twitter/LinkedIn account, etc.). All you win is the shout-out and your posted answer. Winners are posted the following week with the new contest.

OK. So I want to apologize for not posting in over a week. I really do. I’d love to apologize. But listen, I purposely did it to get some responses to the Fan of the Week Contest. In two weeks I had 3. THREE! This is unacceptable of you fans. You’re all better than that. This week I’m counting on all of you to do your best.

Maybe I’m putting too much of the blame on you. A Big Baby Mad Lib the day after they were eliminated was a little harsh (side note: really? The Magic beat the Celtics in 7 and then the Cavs in 6? Really? Stan van Gundy is coaching a team in the NBA Finals? REALLY?). Hopefully this one is better. I call it “Call the Play.”

Here’s the deal: There are a few memorable calls for great sports moments that we all know, love, and will remember hearing that call with that moment forever. This week I want you to e-mail me the link (again to a clip of a sports moment you love and type in the e-mail’s body what you would say as the color commentator. Here are two of my favorite calls.

“Do you believe in Miracles?” – “YES!”

Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup Game Winning Goal (30 second mark) “Orr, behind the net to Sanderson-ORR! Bobby Orr scores and the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup!”

Now it’s your turn. Go and find a clip and call the play like you were in the booth. PS – Many of the broadcast clips are hard to find because of copy rights so if it’s just an amateur shot from a fan in the stands, that’s acceptable.

Here’s last week’s (two weeks ago’s) winning mad lib as written by Emily and Rachel. I promise that the winner of this week’s contest will be posted next Monday.

Sunday morning Glen Davis woke up and took his Flintstone multivitamins. He walked into the bathroom where he admired himself I the mirror for an hour. When he finished, Big Baby walked to his living room and decided to play with his Wii Fit on the couch. Excited by his performance and gleeful as could be, Baby decided to celebrate by taking his scooter out for a joyride.

After about an hour Baby decided to stop at local learning center, where he saw his teammate Paul Pierce doing community service. As it happened, both were hungry and decided to go out for tacos. When finished, Davis offered Pauly a ride to the game that night.

“I feel great about tonight’s game,” said Davis “I think I’m going to put up about 48 shots and probably make 11. You guys better stay out of my way under the basket too, I’m getting every rebound.”

“Haha, why don’t you just chill?” Pierce responded. “We’ll just go out there and do what we always do. How about you only take 2 jumpers?”

“Are you kidding me? Between you not knowing the difference between a jump up shot and a board, and Doc not giving me enough minutes I have to go out there and fuck shit up.”

That night the Celtics hosted the Oklahoma Storm. Baby finished the game with 5 points, 0 assists, -4 rebounds, and 6 fouls through 8 minutes.

“How’d you do it?” Woo-Woo asked after the game.

“I don’t know. It was an expected game for me and an amazing game for the team.”

After the game Baby met up with Doc and they decided to go to the strip club. When they got there, Baby had 2 drinks of sex on the beach and was hammered, his favorite post-game beverage. His stripper friend, Candy, bought him two more and they decided to retire for the evening to her trailer.

Baby that night played his best game ever. Would he ever do it again? Hell yes. One thing for sure is that Big Baby was a Big winner that night.

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