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For the Love of the Game..

July 30, 2009

I love baseball. I love the sights. I love the smells. I love the power it has to impact people’s lives and bring people together. I love that I can be having a horrible day, but as soon as I enter the ballpark my mood is suddenly changed. Baseball is America’s pastime and has been there through the ups and downs of our country. I’ve always enjoyed baseball, because it was genuine. The players loved the game. They went out there day in and day out, because baseball was their life.

Lately, however, I find myself questioning that.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz are the latest names released that are among the list of roughly 100 players that tested positive in 2003. They find themselves among Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez and more. The truth is, I’m not surprised. The MLB is dropping names of players that many have assumed were using enhancing drugs. My problem with all of this is the effect that it’s having on Major League Baseball. Steroid use is tainting baseball. It’s taking away the charm and grandeur of the game. It’s taking away my admiration for some of the players I’ve respected since I was young. I know there was and still is steroid use, but I need to stop hearing about it in order for my respect for the sport to resume.

We all know that the infamous list is out there, but by leaking the names one by one we are constantly being reminded of the dark side of baseball. I’m constantly being reminded that maybe not all of baseball is genuine. Leaking the names one by one is damaging to baseball’s reputation. And I personally don’t want to see my sport hurt like that.

So what now? Should players pay for what they did in 2003? Is their name being released damage enough? Should all the names be released at once? My heart is hurting for the game right now and something needs to be done about it..For the love of the game..

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I’m Just Getting Started (Aspiring to a Career in Sports)..

July 27, 2009

I’ve been on Twitter for about 6 months now, but goodness does it seem like longer. At first I was cynical about it as many are when they first begin. But I gave it a chance. I researched it, explored, got to know people and before I knew it I was a Twitterholic. I’ve learned a lot over my 6 months on Twitter and gained even more. Probably the most valuable thing I’ve gained from Twitter are the connections. The people I’ve met. The relationships I’ve made. One of the connections I’ve made that I consider incredibly valuable was Chandlee Bryan, @Chandlee.

Chandlee, who is a former Ivy League Career Counselor and Recruiter, has her own website, The Emerging Professional. At The Emerging Professional Chandlee urges visitors to put their best foot forward and land the job they love. One of the features I admire most about Chandlee’s website is her genuine effort to help promote young professionals land the job they want and jump start their career.

Recently Chandlee got in touch with me and asked me if I’d be interest in writing a guest post for her website. She had noticed my love for sports and asked if I’d be interested in writing about how my love for sports has impacted my job search. Of course, I said yes 🙂 So below is the first guest post I wrote for Chandlee. My original post was so long that we decided to split it into 3 parts. Therefore, the next 2 posts will follow this week and next. I want to thank @Chandlee for all of her help as I begin this exciting journey and for allowing me to contribute to her site.

Please visit http://www.emergingprofessional.typepad.com/ and http://www.bestfitforward.com/ to see all the amazing things Chandlee is doing to help get careers started. She sure has helped mine. Sure this is only 1 guest post, but I’m just getting started 🙂

My guest post can be found here on Chandlee’s website.

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MegO1I’ve been a sports fan my entire life. The earliest support of that is a picture of me at 6 weeks old in a Chicago Bears sweater and Harry Carey glasses on. My dad, being born and raised in Chicago, was a die-hard Chicago sports fan. It was all about the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. That being said, it was no surprise I had Chicago Bears Onesies, Cubs school supplies and was able to recite the entire Bulls starting line-up including Bill Carmrine, Horace Grace and Scottie Pipsen (I know now those aren’t their names) by the age of 4. My uncle, who now does Pre- and Post-game radio for the Texas Rangers baseball team, was a constant presence growing up, which meant so was sports. I grew up following his career in sports media and admiring him for following his dream. And now, not surprisingly, his dream has become my own. Like family, sports has always been a presence in my life. A presence that has taught me about as much as any class ever as. One of the biggest lessons that sports taught me was one that my uncle learned at a young age; follow your dreams.

Confucius once said, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” In my opinion, truer words have never been spoken. Growing up this was a lesson I was told often; do something you’re passionate about. This was one of the first lessons I was taught from sports. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to go to Minor League baseball games. Many of the players were barely out of high school and on their own for the first time. These boys loved the game and you could tell. With scouts watching and local fans cheering them on they put everything they had into the game. Getting paid close to nothing, traveling constantly and staying in motels every night, you knew these boys were there for a reason; they loved the game. It was their passion, their life and they would do whatever it took to make their dream come true.

Some people, like myself, are born knowing what they want to do. Others have to experiment a bit to truly realize what they’re meant for. In difficult economic times such as these many people are settling for any job they can find, but my hope is that eventually they will follow their hearts and do what makes them happy. Everyone’s dream is different. Mine is to work in sports.

But regardless of the shape or size of your dream, all of them are attainable. The first step is simple; ask yourself what it is you really want to do. Has it always been a thought in the back of your mind? Do you have a particular passion? Have you been afraid to try? If you are not sure, do some research! Learn about different career options or paths you could take. Some people need to try a few things before they know for sure. In that case, take a few internships to see what it is you really enjoy. Experience is key to truly learn about a particular industry or career path. Lastly, do what you have to do to make your dream happen. Hone your skills or go back to school if you must. No dream is unreachable and if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.

My dream is to work in sports. I want to meet new people, travel the country, help others and put my passion to work. I know the power sports can have in impacting people’s lives and I want to be a part of that. New York Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya once said, “We were born with baseball in our blood. It’s more than just a sport. It’s a passion. It’s an opera. It’s just a way of being. It’s almost like breathing.” I was born with sports in my blood. It’s part of what makes me the woman I am today. I know there will be obstacles and I know my dreams won’t come true with the snap of a finger, but I do know that I can make it happen. So for now I’m okay traveling from city to city and staying in local motels, because it will all be worth it when I finally get the call, “You’re goin to the Show.”

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Preview..

July 20, 2009

Here’s a preview of the current post I’m working on. It’s about how my love for sports has influenced my job search 🙂 Can’t wait for everyone to read it! Stay tuned!

“I believe everything happens for a reason. I was born a sports fan for a reason; to learn the lessons that sports provide. As a college graduate I am taking some of those important lessons and applying them to my job search. Afterall, over the years I’ve realized that major league batters aren’t the only ones who see fastballs, NFL quarterbacks aren’t the only ones who get blitzed and a strong forward isn’t only necessary in basketball. The lessons that sports teach can be applied to anything and they’ve personally played a large role in my life…”