Hey Fitties! I’m back for another post today! I had such a great/crazy/hectic day. I was supposed to visit a friend who’s about to have a baby, but she’s feeling poorly (I’m sure the heat wave last week wasn’t helpful) and it worked out for the best because I’d forgotten about a commitment I had today to go to a lunch meeting with a client.
I’m so glad I went to this meeting because Carl Beane was the speaker. Members of Red Sox Nation know Carl as the voice of Fenway Park. When he talks, his voice is instantly recognizable. Carl is also the owner of two Boston Red Sox World Championship rings. He let me try on the 2004 ring!
I loved listening to Carl’s stories about the players and how he got his dream job. My favorite points of the day were:
1. Baseball, more than any other sport, is a sport about failure. Hockey goalies save 9 out of 10 shots. Basketball players since 9 out of 10 shots. Baseball players miss hitting 7 out of 10 balls. Hall of famers may have a slightly better average than that, but they still miss 6 out of 10 of the balls they swing at. In between dismal and frustrating performances, you get some really great displays of atheleticsm.
2. Carl works a job where he has never, not one time, called in sick. He loves his job so much he gets there hours and hours before he really needs to just because he loves being at Fenway Park. He jokes that there are a whole lot of people waiting for him to die because his job is just so amazing. The best part is: He got this job not because he had the most experience as a baseball PA announcer. He got the job because he loved the Sox and worked in radio and heard they might want a new announcer so he picked up the phone and asked if they’d let him try out. The rest is history. He got the job simply because it was what he’s meant to do. So many other people were qualified to do this work and were in better positions to get the job and Carl bluntly states that God put him where he is today.
It was great hearing the confidence that comes with doing what you love and doing it well. It was such a treat to hear Carl speak and I hope he writes a book about his experiences as the Red Sox announcer.
Then purple sparkles happened to my toes and I have to get ready for a closing tomorrow. G’nite!