Baseball has always been a part of my life and some of my earliest memories are games at Candlestick Park with my mom and dad. The game taught me many lessons as I grew up; lessons like patience, practice, and determination.
At eight I gave up dance and gymnastics for basketball and softball. The latter became my sole sport because I always felt most comfortable on the diamond. When I was twelve I won home field advantage for my team because I was the only one on either side that knew Barry Bonds’ single-season home run record was 73.
Once I moved to San Francisco to study broadcast journalism, AT&T Park became my second home. I would take public transportation to the ballpark after class, buy a six-dollar ticket and sit in the bleachers by myself. Baseball is fun with a group, but it can be an escape when you’re on your own.
I heard about an internship with the Giants through school in 2009, applied and scored an interview. While I knew next to nothing about the production part of the video board, I got each baseball answer correct and began one of the greatest years of my life with the 2010 San Francisco Giants. On the final day of the regular season I watched Brian Wilson strike out Will Venable to secure the NL West title. Running out onto the field with the cameraman to wrap cable while the team celebrated was something I will never forget.
I may not be phenomenal at statistics or history, but my love of baseball is up there with the best of them. It’s the emotion of the game that I admire. The feeling of your team driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth – A’s fans certainly know what I’m talking about.
It’s the instant respect that washes over you when you see one of the greats like Mays or McCovey show up on your television screen. It’s the agony of defeat making success taste that much sweeter. It’s little things like the crack of the bat, a freshly chalked diamond and the smell of the dirt after it rains.
It’s baseball. Giving us a momentary escape from everything else in the world and teaching us lessons we keep with us forever.
I love this game.