Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Ticket to the Major Leagues

I've mentioned previously that I earned the batboy job for the Seattle Mariners through an essay contest. In 500 words or less, the topic was, Why I wanted to be a Bat Boy for the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Times and the Seattle Mariners selected the Top Ten Finalists based solely on the essay and then the series of interviews began.

This was a long time ago. I happened to dig out the original essay that I submitted for the contest. Sometimes, it's hard to remember how different things were in 1979. There were no word processors, personal computers or online access. Quite frankly, it's amazing that I have a copy of the essay at all. Then again, I tend to keep a lot of stuff.

So here it is, for better or worse, from 34 years ago, my ticket into the Major Leagues …
"Why I wanted to be Batboy for the Mariners" Winning Essay

  is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling Young Adult novel, The Card. He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!


  1. You were a writer even then pal, I like "Fills a hole in my childhood dreams!"

    By the way, liking what you are doing here. I've know you 30 years, and I am almost daily learning things I never knew! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks Tony,
      I never considered myself as a writer back then, everyone that submitted an essay got 4 box seats to a Mariners game, I couldn't lose. That's what prompted me to enter the contest.

  2. How fantastic that you still have that essay. What I wouldn't give to still have a hold of some of my writings from back in the day, namely the "Voyage to Loob" story I wrote for the Eastern Washingon University Young Writers' Conference when I was in grade school. I'm stopping my from Indies Unlimited and I've added your to my RSS reader.

    1. Thanks for stopping in Jeri,
      It's pure luck that I still have the essay, it's an antique! Sounds like you used to be in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for following.