Wow! I absolutely can NOT believe it’s already August, this summer has absolutely flown by. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m more than excited to get back to work at SCSU for my senior year but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad the summer of 2017 is soon coming to a close.
I wanted to make a little post and catch everyone up on what I’ve busy with the past few months. Besides seeing old friends, catching up with family on the weekends and serving a couple tables here and there at a restaurant on Lake Minnetonka, I had some AMAZING hands on experiences in the broadcast field.
As some might know, I was busy commuting to St. Cloud this summer covering the St. Cloud Rox Baseball team which is made up of top collegiate baseball players in the country. I worked with an amazing crew that I was able to befriend, goof around with and most importantly, learn from.
My main duties were performing post-game interviews. One interview was immediately after the game concluded that was broadcasted on the stadium microphone and the interviews following were for the team’s social media outlets.
The Chicago Cubs is my favorite baseball team and has been for a very long time. That being said, I have always wanted to catch a game in their very own home field in Chicago, Wrigley Field.
Last year, I finally was able to make that happen.
(Sep. 6, 2015) I trekked down to Chicago to visit my little brother in the Navy. I couldn’t stop fantasizing over going to Wrigley Field on the drive down and although we had plenty of organized family events that were planned, I knew I needed to find some sort of way to make it work.
On the last day we were in town, I planned a very impromptu visit to see the cubbies in person and bought a $8 train ticket to take me into the city. I had never rode a train before and hadn’t known I needed cash. When the train clerk came up to punch a ticket for me I told him where I was planning to go and he gave me the proper directions but then proceeding to ask for cash. My heart stopped, I searched and searched through my over-sized, un-organized purse and finally I was able to scrap up $8 dollars in coins! After that nerve-racking experience, the train arrived at my stop and I proceeded on my journey.
While walking towards the field through blocks and blocks of neighborhoods, I went on my phone and purchased a $45 “standing room only” ticket. All by myself I wandered into the gates of the historic Wrigley Field and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I got to see Jason Hayward hit an out-of-the-park home-run as well as witness Jake Arrieta pitch in person! I was in heaven.
I plan to go back very soon, but until then… I’ll enjoy watching my favorite team play from the comfort of my living room! 🙂