Cue Black Eyed Peas … “Let’s Get It Started…”
Trades of baseball players have nothing on trades of baseball beat writers. Theirs come with “a player to be named later.” Ours came with “beat writers named earlier.”
Two weeks ago came word that your Jenifer Langosch would transition into MLB.com’s reporter for the St. Louis Cardinals, and that I would (try to) replace her on the Pirates beat.
Today, it officially goes down.
Okay, this is not the countdown that you’ve been waiting to hit zero. That one still has 23 days to go until pitchers & catchers.
But personally I’m stoked that this day is finally here. The enthusiasm I had for this assignment two weeks ago has only mushroomed in the interim, thanks to the words of welcome and let’s-get-it-started from so many of you.
I felt this would be a rewarding gig, in a dynamic place. Your reactions only confirmed that suspicion.
I’m going to get to know this team inside and out, upside and down, thick and thin.
I’ll report everything about the Bucs and the Pirates players, keeping you abreast of them and really making you feel like a part of them.
I won’t only be your eyes. I’ll be your ears, too: Got something on your mind, let’s hear it. The lines of communication are open.
But you should know that I’m from the glass-is-half-full school. I’d much rather toast someone, than make him toast.
That does not make me an apologist: If there is bad news or a discouraging side, I’ll know it and through me you will, too. But I’m not going out of my way searching for the negative. Sometimes, the positive is so much harder to find, but so much more rewarding to do so.
Spring is a wonderful time. Neither the grass nor impressions have yet taken root. The canvas is blank. There is no reason to not think anyone can be a winner, no reason to not like anyone.
Forget the seat belts. It’s not going to be a bumpy ride at all. Hop aboard.