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Baseball: a needed distraction

Posted 04-22-2009 at 11:12 AM by Lundind1
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I am going through a tough time right now. As many of you may know, from a question that I posed on the message board in Dec/Jan, I have a Bachelors in Accounting. I lost my job because it closed in October of 2008. I was really hoping to find a job soon but that was not the case. I searched and searched to no avail. I pondered graduate school, which is now a reality in the fall. All of these other things were moving forward but things were still really tough on the job front. Failed attempt after failed attempt. It was really not a matter of something wrong with me personally or professionally, it was just a tight job market.

Alas there is success in this story however. A few weeks ago as I continued to prepare for the GMAT (the entrance achievement exam for graduate business school applicants) I got a curious call from a local baseball team. I had gone to a job fair and spoke with tons of companies and teams. In reality, I thought that the entry fee that I paid was just a wasted asset. Was I ever wrong. A certain baseball team came calling based on my resume. They requested an interview and I was happy to oblige. I chose April 7th, one day after the Sox home opener so that I could attend the game and then focus on the interview. Wouldn't luck have it that the Sunday before would bring weather more fitting for early February, rather than opening day. For the first time in many years, I had to face the reality of giving up my ticket for opening day. Of course my friends were just clamoring at the chance to get that seat. So as everyone was getting ready for the game, I was putting on one of my nicest suits and going to the ballpark for my interview.

It went well, at least I thought, and I really believed that I had a shot at the job. I was really hoping that it was worth it, missing a game like that for a dream job interview.

Fast forward to yesterday late afternoon. I get a call from one of the principle owners of the team. He informed me that the job was mine. We spoke for roughly 15 minutes and negotiated a salary. I start my career in professional baseball Monday. I always have said that would be a dream job and now I am living a dream.

This just goes to show that baseball brings people hope in more ways than just the game on the field. I don't know who said this but "No matter how bad things are, when you get to the beginning of the season, you really get the feeling of "hey, we can get through this thing" and there is a feeling of hope". When mired in a plight such as mine, it is sometimes easier to give up or to lose sight of the little things. Baseball is one of those little things. Enjoy it everyday along with all the other small joys in life.

As for me, I am going to enjoy my work and the piece of mind that it is going to restore for me.
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    Congratulations! I've been in that twilight zone myself, un- or under-employed and waiting for returned calls from places I hoped to work. Very cool indeed that the job you landed was with a baseball team!

    Today the accounting desk, tomorrow the GM's office!
    Posted 04-22-2009 at 11:53 AM by tebman tebman is offline
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    [SIZE=1]Unless, of course, you are employed by a North Side National League team, in which case, my condolences.[/SIZE]
    Posted 04-22-2009 at 12:59 PM by doublem23 doublem23 is offline
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    Congratulations Lundind!!! I hope you new job is great fun!
    Posted 04-22-2009 at 01:29 PM by manders_01 manders_01 is offline
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    [SIZE=1]Unless, of course, you are employed by a North Side National League team, in which case, my condolences.[/SIZE][/QUOTE]

    I can at least tell you right now that that is not the case. I don't have to wear any blue at work thank God.
    Posted 04-22-2009 at 03:36 PM by Lundind1 Lundind1 is offline

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