3) That I have been given the opportunity to write for Fansided
Sep 22, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) walks in the dugout during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
I have always been a creative writer, but I often struggled with grammar and written communication, which was one of the primary reasons I applied to blog about the Astros through Climbing Tal’s Hill. In the beginning, I thought I could maybe only write 1-2 times a week, just to get my Astros fix during the offseason. Something happened during this process; I enjoyed it. While I am not official press, I enjoy my role in the Astros’ world, giving fans the news in the eyes of a fan, not an unbiased reporter.
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I just passed my anniversary of starting to write for CTH right before the Rule V draft in 2014. While I know that I am not perfect, fans have said that they love my passion in my writing. Ironically, my passion comes from the interaction with the Astros fans through social media. Some writers have a hard time finding things to write about, but if I am interested in something, then I am sure someone else would be interested in that as well.
I am blessed to be covering the Astros under Luhnow’s watch as there is never a dull moment. Luhnow is always out there, posturing for a particular deal. I am glad to be one of the 9 Astros’ bloggers to get to ask Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, and A.J. Hinch questions before last season. I am thankful for the Astros’ prospects who have taken the time to do an interview with me, mostly former Astros prospect Brett Phillips for taking the time to interact personally with me at a Hooks game. McCullers has also been a player who has kept in touch with me, even after he went to the Astros.
Thanks to Jason Burke and David Hill at Fansided for recognizing something in me, and helped me become the editor I am today. Thanks to my patient wife for helping get the kids to sleep on the nights that I was behind in writing and for helping keep me motivated through the rough patches.
My family is very important to me; I just have the Astros as a side family. Thanks to my kids for being excited when they go to baseball games with their old man even if they are tired or bored. My son is gaining the love of the game through my interactions with him, and I hope I am helping some of you rediscover the love for Astros baseball again through my writing.