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Part 1: Expectation vs. Reality

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Hi friends,

Today I'm sharing my journey through the world of minor league baseball and how it became a pivotal stepping stone in my sports career.

You see, back in the day, I was a wide-eyed broadcast journalism major with dreams as big as a ballpark. I was absolutely convinced I'd be the next Erin Andrews, and why not? I'd already dipped my toes into the ESPN waters, traveling to the biggest college football games in the country every weekend with College GameDay. With that kind of résumé, I was ready to conquer the world -- or so I thought!

I had these, let's call them "optimistic" hopes of waltzing right into the spotlight and working the hottest games of the week. You know, just like that. But reality has a funny way of humbling you. Everybody and their uncle warned me that in the world of broadcast journalism, you've got to put in your reps. It's all about the grind, they said. But hey, with my stellar internship background, I figured I might be the exception to the rule, right? Well, here's the truth, my friends: nobody hops right to the top. There are no shortcuts, no skipping the line. And you know what? That led me to one of the best jobs I've ever had.

In trying to break into sports media, I had applied to countless jobs and dealt with more than a few rejections. But then, out of the blue, a call came in from a place I'd never even heard of – Salem, Virginia. On the other end of the line was a warm, friendly voice, and let me tell you, that conversation was a game changer. Suddenly, the prospect of working in minor-league baseball was exciting! Now, if you'd asked anyone who knew me, they'd tell you that baseball ranked pretty low on my list of favorite sports (the irony, right?). But that didn't matter; I was over the moon about the opportunity to finally jump into the professional world, to prove my skills and demonstrate my worth.

Now, let's fast-forward a bit – three interviews and a month later, I found myself packing up my car and setting off for Salem! If you had told college me that I'd be absolutely thrilled to move to a tiny town in Virginia to work for a High-A team in the Boston Red Sox organization, I probably would've laughed in disbelief. But little did I know, this was the beginning of one of the most exhilarating summers of my life. It was a season filled with long, rewarding workdays, the start of amazing new friendships, and, ultimately, it paved the way for an exciting job opportunity with The Boston Red Sox.

It was this experience that led me to discover a job opening with the Boston Red Sox, and I was eventually hired to join their social media team in Boston. I share all of this to emphasize that, regardless of where you are in your sports career (even if it's nothing like what you initially expected or imagined), it's crucial to remain open and never say never. You never know where your journey will take you, but it's essential to trust the process, maintain confidence in yourself, and always remember that you're awesome and you belong here!

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