Honestly, there are times when I’m amazed I’ve been able to write about the Angels and the experiences that have come along with it. This opportunity is a combination of my lifelong love of telling stories, my natural curiosity, and of course my love of Angels baseball. And I’m looking forward to continuing this journey on Crashing the Pearly Gates.
I’ve always been a storyteller. As a kid, I never shut up. As an adult, well pretty much the same thing. I put my heart into my writing assignments in school, have always dreamed of one day writing a great novel, and majored in journalism when I went to college. Young me always thought I’d be a writer of some sort.
And the Angels? A lot has changed in my life since I first heard those magical words “Wally Joyner” over the radio but not my favorite baseball team. My family follows baseball and I’m sure I would have been a fan of some team, but that one name decided which. The California Angels.
Being able to combine two passions in life has been nothing short of a blessing. I’ve gotten to know Angels players and personalities. Victor Rojas, David Fletcher, Ty Buttrey, Chuck Finley and a host of prospects. The “Angels” search in my contact list gets longer each year and I’ve had face to face encounters with pretty much all of them.
In return, I think my readership has enjoyed getting to know these players and personalities a bit, too. Been able to put a little story and personality to the prospect rankings, know David and Ty before they donned Angels uniforms. My goal is to take my amazing experiences and let the readers share in them.
Some of the greatest people I’ve met along the way will share the masthead at CtPG with me. Jessica DeLine is a great site manager who I consider a friend and I’m thrilled to join this venture with her.
So I guess the answer to why I write for CtPG is quite simple. When you get the opportunity to do something you love alongside people you enjoy, you take it.