Ever since I was six years old, all I have ever wanted to do was be around the game of baseball; specifically, I wanted to play professionally. As a kid, I had it all planned out. My plan was to play professionally for as long as I could, then become a scout or a coach and eventually, hopefully, make it to the front office. I still remember the day I first deeply thought about the front office of a Major League baseball organization…
The day was March 25, 1997. That day the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians announced a four player trade. A trade that involved my two favorite players, David Justice of the Atlanta Braves and Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians. Justice was headed to Cleveland along with another player who I had great admiration for, Marquis Grissom. Lofton was coming to Atlanta along with hard throwing, left-handed, reliever Alan Embree. I was shocked, excited, but most importantly, fascinated. What allowed this trade to happen? How could this trade happen? Who made it happen? Why did it come just one week before the season began? What a shake up! These same two teams had just met in the World Series 17 months earlier, and each team was dealing a cornerstone of those 1995 teams. David Justice was a huge reason for the success of the Braves in the early 90’s and, before Chipper Jones came on the scene in 1995, was the face of the franchise…at least offensively. Kenny Lofton was one of the most exciting players in all of Major League Baseball, and he too was a huge reason for the success of the Indians in the 90’s. To this day, after 20 years of religiously following the game, this trade is still the most memorable for me. Not because the trade involved my two favorite players (I also happened to love both organizations) but because it changed the way I saw the game of baseball. For me, it opened up a whole new aspect to the game. I knew about trades and free agency before that day but, before then, I never deeply thought about them. That day I knew that one day I wanted to be involved in such a transaction. Not as a player…but as an executive. I wanted to be the person behind the scenes.
Since that day, back in the spring of 1997, it has been my dream to work in the Baseball Operations department of a Major League organization. For two decades I have been on the outside looking in…just a fan. Growing up I thought that by age 26 I would be much further along in my pursuit of this dream, but I am still just a fan and I will continue to be just a fan for the 2015 season. However, tomorrow morning I begin a new chapter in my life; a journey down a new road. I will drive 40 hours across the country from Southern California to Eastern Pennsylvania. I have never been that far east of the country. I do not know anybody out there. My closest family is 6 hours away. I will be living with two guys I have not yet personally met. I have no idea what to expect. I will be heading out there cold turkey. But, I do know this: I have been offered the opportunity to work as a Video Scout Intern for Baseball Info Solutions. This is my chance. My first real chance to prove to people who work in and around the baseball industry that I have something to offer. That I can add real value to a Major League organization. I truly believe this, with all my heart. I promised myself years ago that if I ever got a chance, even the smallest chance, I would take it and run with it. For the past 20 years, and especially the past few, all I have been asking for is just a chance…that’s it. Just one small shot to prove myself. Baseball Info Solutions has given me that chance, and I promise I will take full advantage of it.
“If I have half a chance I grab it, rabbit run.” – Eminem
“If you have the guts to be yourself…other people’ll pay your price.” – John Updike, Rabbit Run
(what a poor sap) – 11/08/2015