A new beginning …
Writing – it’s what we do for a living.
Hardly like this, though.
For years, I’ve been chronicling some of the most compelling faces in professional baseball. But never have I written about myself – an undersized, overweight former middle infielder who couldn’t really play past high school.
I want to figure out a clever way to tell you I’m MLB.com’s new Angels beat writer – to let you know how I got here, describe how thrilled I am at the opportunity and mention that covering the Majors became a goal of mine shortly after realizing I couldn’t play it – but “me” isn’t a subject I’ve particularly mastered, and this crowded flight to Dallas isn’t making things any easier.
Ahhh, flights. There’s a start. They’ve taken me from Miami (where I was born and raised), to Gainesville (where I studied at the University of Florida), to New York (where I worked at MLB.com headquarters the last 14 months), to beautiful Orange County (where I can finally drive and go to the beach again).
OK, beaches. Now we’re getting somewhere. My parents were stranded on one in Cuba for almost a week in 1980, sleeping in mud, living without food and doing all they could to make sure my infant brother didn’t go hungry while waiting to board the infamous Mariel boatlift – the result of Fidel Castro opening up the harbor to let Cuban inhabitants leave the island. My parents lived near the capital city of Havana and, relative to the circumstances, made a halfway-decent living. Then they sacrificed everything and left all they knew behind in order to provide a better life for their still-evolving family.
Thirty-one years and a few drastic moves later, here I am, promising myself to keep this entry short, trying to fill the incredibly large shoes of the great Lyle Spencer and hoping to bring you the best Angels coverage possible. It’s understandable if you’ll miss Lyle, but he won’t stray far. He’ll still have a big presence on MLB.com – and Angels.com, to some extent – by producing captivating columns, feature stories and plenty more of the stuff you want to read about.
In tune with that, I now want to hear from you. Whether you’re an Angels fan or just Angels curious, feel free to tweet me, e-mail me or just comment here, letting me know what it is you want from the daily coverage on this site. (And if you could recommend some good places to eat in The O.C., that would be welcomed, too.)
See you around.