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I stumbled across this site through a Men's magazine (no, not that kind) and figured "why not have some fun with it?"
My love of sports started an early age. I had no choice in that matter. My father (in the picture with me) was a sports writer and editor for over 30 years for a southeastern Pennsylvania newspaper and covered everything from Penn State football, the Eagles, the 76ers, boxing (when it really mattered), and a lot of baseball---Reading Phillies (Phillies Double A affiliate) and Philadelphia Phillies, including spring training coverage for about a dozen years.
I truly felt special as a youngster because of my father's profession. And, as I became older and my love and skills developed as an athlete, the access my father's profession provided became a great opportunity for me to improve myself . My father was a student of the game, especially hitting, and so our bond grew as I became more and more serious about my prospects of a baseball career.
I was fortunate enough to advance to a Division I program for baseball and played a few years in the Phillies organization, my boyhood team. Although my baseball career ended much quicker than I had envisioned, it was a tremendous experience that I will never forget.
So why am I on this site? I am not writing on here as a frustrated fan, a seamhead who will tell you who has the highest OPS, or someone who idolizes professional athletes. Nor is this a resource for your fantasy sports picks.
I am writing as someone who still follows as a student of the game, to raise an alternate point of view, to provide insight based on experience of being around the game. I also want to put all the editing of my school term papers years ago by my father---bloodied by his red felt tip pen---to good use and not go in vain.
I will mostly write about the Phillies, my first love. And baseball. And possibly the baseball draft.
I do root for the Dallas Cowboys, the Phildelphia 76ers, and Syracuse basketball (as you can see, my taste in my sports teams is somewhat questionable).
I hope you enjoy, look forward to your feedback, and hope you appreciate mine. Best, Chris
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- Matthew Falkenbury
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Yes, I knew Ed Hilt. I worked with him in sports for The Press of Atlantic City. He was full time and I was part time, doing high school sports and some college. As you can see from my profile, I moved over to the news side, where I worked for 15 years.
Ed was the beat writer for the Phillies and the Sixers for many years. As the economy got worse, from where I observed, Ed got moved to NASCAR and some Atlantic City area activities. I guess he could see the writing on the wall (I do think they sent him and another reporter to cover the Eagles Super Bowl in Jacksonville - that was one of his last big assignments) and left in June, 2008, to become a grant writer in Cumberland County.
But that is all I know. If your dad ever sees or is in touch with him again, let Ed tell you about his move. Just tell your dad he left The Press. Or if you do tell him, then don't let it get further than that. I can imagine that Ed is a stand up guy and will not put down The Press. He is too classy of a guy to do that.
BTW, welcome to Bleacher Report.