So guess what?December 23, 2009
I got a job…
………..No, really! I did. I got a job! And not just any job..It’s a job in baseball! Yes! In baseball! Believe me, I can’t believe it either! You remember all of those blog posts I wrote a few months ago about not settling for anything less than my dream?? Well, I did it. I made it happen. After everything I’m finally going to be working in the sport that has been and always will be my true love. I’m going to be working in baseball. Wow.
Now, I’m sure you’re all asking, “Cool Megan! How’d it happen?!” Well, let me tell you! Back in December I attended the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. During the Meetings there are a ton of, well, meetings, trades are made, business is done, you know. In addition to Major League meetings, there is also the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) Job Fair. I attended the job fair, had a few interviews, and ended up with an offer for a Social Networking Internship with the Hudson Valley Renegades. Social Media in baseball? Count me in! I was pretty excited, but I still had big internships with two great PR agencies in Chicago the next week. So for a while anyway, my dream to work in baseball had to be put on hold.
When I got back home from the Winter Meetings the excitement of it all started to fade and I began to think more realistically about things. With bills, college loans, and general expenses could I afford living in New York on just an interns pay? Plus, I like commitment. I like knowing I’m secure and somewhere longer than 6 months. One of the PR opportunities I was interviewing for was a full-time position working with an INCREDIBLE client. And yes, that deserved all caps. The opportunity would be once in a lifetime, plus I’d have that security. There was so much going through my head and I was beginning to worry that my dream of working in sports might not be so realistic after all.
But then everything changed..The Friday after I returned from the Winter Meetings I got a call from the Renegades GM. He asked me a few questions, we chatted, and then he said, “Well, the reason I’m asking these questions is because rather than an internship, we’d like to offer you a full-time position.” A full-time position? Excuse me?! I was speechless, which for me is a huge feat. And that’s when everything changed for me. I was being given the opportunity to work full-time in baseball and doing Social Media nonetheless! Perfect.
I continued to interview with the other PR agencies, but the truth is my mind was made up as soon as I got off the phone with the GM. Baseball was where I needed to be. Baseball was where I belonged. And so it is Beginning after the new year I will be joining the Hudson Valley Renegades as the Manager of New Media. I will be in charge of the creation and growth of Renegades marketing from the grassroots level in regards to social media and other unexplored outlets. In addition, I will be working closely with other departments to create a unified marketing message. Of course, I will have to put my cell phone down from time to time as pulling the tarp is part of everyone’s duties in the Minor Leagues. Ha. But I’m excited about that. I’m excited to learn about every department and truly immerse myself in baseball.
The Hudson Valley Renegades are an incredible organization and I have been blown away by the kindness they have shown me already. I look forward to the experiences I will have in New York and the growth it will provide me. I’m finally going to be living my dream and there’s nothing to stop you from living yours.