Wow, what a great day today! It was my first official visit to work at the Orioles’ spring training facility here in Sarasota. The day started at 7:30am. I arrived and began seeing players come through the door (Ubaldo Jimenez, Suk-Min Yoon, Alexi Casilla, Tommy Hunter and many more). I set up my computer in the media room with all of the other reporters from The Baltimore Sun, MLB.com and WBAL radio station (who cover the Orioles). Everyone was very nice and I will be writing more on my interviews with them later.
I was then told I could go out to the practice field and watch the team stretch, do drills and some situational fielding (like yelling “I got it” during a pop fly!). Before that however, I had the awesome experience of interviewing Buck Showalter, the O’s manager. He was so cool and very nice to me. He answered my questions and took a photo with me. After interviewing Buck, I interviewed Dan Duquette, the O’s general manager. He was very nice to me also and took my dad and I into the equipment room and sized us up for official Oriole ball caps! I wish that was my room!
Finally, I got to see the players take live BP and to work on improving their fielding skills. When we got done watching batting practice, I was introduced to Tommy Hunter and he took time to answer my questions and was very nice. He has a great sense of humor. He said that he’s never been to Evie’s in Sarasota (my favorite place to watch O’s games and eat pizza), but said he and his wife will try it out. Cool!
Look for upcoming blogs from interviews that I conducted today…a lot of great advice and information.
All in all, it was a great day and I had a lot of fun with my favorite team! Thanks for stopping by my blog and GO O’s!