There are not a lot of women that I ever write about on this site, and I wish I didn’t have to write this today. Monica Barlow, PR Director for the Baltimore Orioles passed away yesterday at the age of 36. Yep, 36. She was a non-smoker who in 2009 was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
While I can’t say I was ever close to Monica, I did work with her when I was consulting with a player that then played for the Orioles. We spoke about this player and I felt a camaraderie with her over our mutual interest in making this player and the Orioles look good. She ran a tight ship, something that isn’t easy in baseball as a woman, but certainly a very young woman. Yet, from the tributes that have been written about her yesterday and today, she was loved by so many- and that says a ton about who she was.
Here is Roch Kubatko’s piece on Monica. If you can make Buck Showalter show a softer side, you know she was something.
Will be in Bradenton today- Hope to see SoxFan1!
Due to weather, there was no baseball in my world yesterday, save hearing some reports about how Jeter ran pretty well, not like the old guy he is. I am off to Clearwater today to see the Phillies, and am excited to finally have some real spring training underway.
While I haven’t been great about updating here, I have been pretty active on social networks- particularly twitter - @Johanna_Wagner and my new love, instagram, @LMT_Johanna. I know most of you may not be the most interested in these new media, which are quick ’snapshots’ of what is happening in someone else’s life, but they are pretty awesome for getting to see a day in the life kinds of things. I too used to think, “who has time…” but, with less time spent writing here- I have found time to express somethings in those mediums pretty nicely.
Next step: integrate the two.
Finally, I am in Florida, and ready to begin this crazy spring. Illness, weather and travel all behind me, yesterday I was able to be at the Blue Jays minor league complex and watch how a few of the players were starting to prepare for the season.
Its still early mind you. Most minor leaguers don’t technically report until March 6th. But some come early, get some specialized instruction, and perhaps get to work on the things that they have particular trouble with.
The hope is that they get a good start, so by the time camp actually begins they feel some confidence with the new skills or concepts, and can feel a little ahead of everyone else, and that confidence will carry them forward. They become familiar with success, and can then continue to find that success.
Major League spring games started yesterday, though rain showers shortened a few in Florida. Its a cloudy wet day here today as well, so no telling what my baseball schedule will entail. Hopefully, it involves a little more than batting practice.
Have had a terrible bout of food poisoning, coupled with trying to get ready to leave for Florida, well, I have shirked my responsibilities to this blog- and to to a few other things as well.
As I struggle to get back in the groove- and I will return to writing each day for the next month at least- I thought I would just give you a piece I found about Troy Tulowitski. Long been thought of as the heir to the strong short-stop tradition, with the talk of Jeter’s retirement, there will continue to be rumblings about Tulowitski in the Bronx after 2014, as Troy E Renck points out. Is that fair to Tulowitski? Would he really want to try to step into those shoes? If it happens, the money will make the attempt worth it, one would think. But could anyone ever live up to Derek Jeter’s persona?
Would love to hear from Yankee fans as to what they think on this.