Day 1 in the real world

Hey guys!

First and foremost, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I plan on updating this blog on a regular basis, so please check back over the course of the season and I am sure to have plenty of news and updates.

This is my first professional blog that I have written, so sorry if it feels a little like the first day of school.

Well, for those of you who don’t know, I have been hired as the Media Relations Assistant for the Boise Hawks for the 2010 season. I found out about this job at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Indianapolis this past December and received a job offer in January. Previously, I worked as a Game Day Media Intern for the Indianapolis Indians in 2009.

I made it into Boise, ID on Saturday, May 22nd. I was welcomed with snow and 33 degree weather (a sharp contrast to the 90 degree weather in Indiana). I started my time in the office last week but today is my first “official day”.

Our office is located underneath the stadium and needless to say, space here is a premium. You can see just about everyone from where I am sitting and for those of you who haven’t seen it, this place feels a lot like “Dunder Mifflin, Inc.” from “The Office”.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked in. Having only worked for one baseball team, I’m still relatively green. I have been greeted with open arms and I already have a sense of belonging, which is something I really haven’t felt since I started working in baseball. Everyone here works their tail off but at the same token, we joke and have a good time. It’s fun to be around people who enjoy what they do and have fun while doing it. This is the first office I have worked in where they have instituted a Kangaroo Court (basically, you are held accountable every time you do something dumb). I am sure the majority of my paychecks will be sent to the court once the season gets underway!

I am truly excited to start my internship with the Hawks. This is going to be a good experience where I will have an opportunity to wear multiple hats and see how a professional baseball organization runs from the “ground, up”. I think a lot of people have miss-conceptions about minor league baseball. To echo what Boise Hawks GM Todd Rahr said to me on Saturday: “If you want to truly be an important part of baseball team and get a well-rounded experience, minor league baseball is where it’s at.”

With Opening Day being less than 17 days away, my training wheels are getting ready to come off. Hopefully the bruises and skinned knees are at a minimum. 

Til next time…

Chad Bates
Media Relations Assistant
Boise Hawks