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Off the DL

Posted by GM/VP of Fan Operations on Monday, August 31, 2009

Let’s save each other a lot of time and skip my apologizing for not blogging in a month.

In fact, if you’re a fan of all my work then you should know that I have been blogging, and running the show in fantasy baseball.

In personal news I started an internship two weeks ago and have been very happy with it. Earlier this summer I was concerned with getting an internship and what type of role I would be filling. To be where I am now is nothing short of the best possible outcome.

Regarding the Front Office Fan, I have seriously let the site down in taking a month off. Since starting the site I worried I would take extended hiatuses once classes resumed in the fall. I can promise you it won’t be anything like August, 2009. Senior year is starting this week, how do you slow down time?

I have a lot of plans regarding new segments. One of my favorite things to do in sports is try to make analogies across sports and when one arises I’ll be sure to try and blog about it. Later this week you’ll see a new tabbed section at the top of the page and on Friday you’ll have a month’s worth of Fan Favorites.

Lastly, as part of my senior year I am working on a thesis assignment. I have more or less finalized on the topic and think it would work best to blog about the subject as I work on it and give you a chance to see something that I think is important in the world of sports.

So expect some of those things later this week and hopefully a blog entry not too far into the future.


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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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