To those who have taken an interest in my career in baseball, I wanted to send a brief update as to how things have been progressing in my seasonal position with the Atlanta Braves. March 26th marked my second month of being a trainee with the Braves and I look back on these two months and I just cannot believe how much I have learned about myself and about the industry in this time. During my time at Ithaca College, I prepared and developed my own opinions about sports and spent a great deal of time thinking about the business of baseball and how teams are successful money makers. Since arriving, I have finally realized the importance of ticket sales. Everything does truly return to ticket sales. In a year where the economy is in flux, selling becomes even more of a priority and as a result I have been encouraged just about every day to develop ideas that could sell tickets. So far, I have only come up with ideas, but hopefully by the end of the season I will be able to show that I came up with bonafide ticket sales project either collaboratively or on my own.
The best piece of advice that I have received thus far has been to keep my confidence in check. The last thing that any experienced employees want to hear is an inexperienced employee talking about all the things that they know. There is a lot to be said about being an employee that doesn't know the meaning of the word "no" at this point in one's career. I keep that in the back of my mind every time I walk into the doors of Turner Field.
Finally, I have figured out that this is truly the industry for me. Whether I come home after an incredibly busy day of work or have gone in many hours before I would have been awake on the weekends while at college, I am excited to go to work every day and am satisfied when I return home at night. I find myself staying up later than I should at night thinking about what I need to do or brainstorming ways to make the Atlanta Braves profit more. Truly, the signs of a future workaholic. Fortunately, I am happy and all signs point to me continuing to be happy.
The Atlanta Braves home opener is April 10th versus the Washington Nationals. I can't believe that it is already here -- my first "real" season. To all my friends and family, thank you for your comments and interest about my very young career.