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I am a recently-graduated sports writer from the University of California. In four years at The Daily Californian, I wrote over 250 articles, including my regular column, Off Base. I covered sports across the collegiate spectrum, ranging from Olympic sports (i.e. non-revenue) to the biggest sport of them all, Cal football. I covered the Cal baseball team for three years, for which they rewarded my persistence with a playoff berth in my senior year. I also covered field hockey (two years), Cal softball (one year), and Cal volleyball (one year). I am currently trying to navigate an industry in the midst of change and crisis, hoping that one day my diligence and passion for the business of sports journalism leads to a fulfilling career.
As for my sports background outside of the written word, I played baseball for 11 years as a catcher, and my knees and shoulders let me know when it rains. I went to my first Dodgers game as a zygote, and have been a rabid fan of the Boys in Blue for my entire life. Vin Scully's voice was the one behind my bedtime stories. I am one of three members of my family to don the shin guards and chest protector, and as such, I think most pitchers (especially those lefty's) couldn't breathe without the help of their batterymates.
In high school, I played baseball for a year before younger and healthier catchers surpassed me, and before a torn muscle in my lower back helped usher me out of the game. For the next three years, I threw shot put and discus. I played IM softball in college, and wore stirrups to every game. I like throwback jerseys, high-cuffed baseball pants, sunflower seeds and long walks on the warning track. I'm an Ares, born just before the start of the baseball season.
I enjoyed college to its fullest, as a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, and graduated with High Honors in English. How did a sportswriter graduate with honors, you ask? I wrote a 200-page honors thesis on comic book superheroes and King Arthur. If you couldn't already tell by that, I'm a hopeless romantic and a stubborn idealist.
My favorite place in the world is any empty baseball field.
Manny's Bobble Head night blast banishes bygone Dodger LF Baker's bunch
Hi then, hello again!
Here is a press box game article from Clayton Kershaw's domination of the Astros, with a few added nuggets. Hope you get a chance to stop by and check it out.
Greetings baseball fans -
Having finally overcome the gremlins that delayed this slideshow, I am happy to present at last the photographic companion to my article about covering the Dodgers as a member of the working media.
Thanks for all the positive feedback!
Thanks for your input
Wow I feel like I was given an unexpected gift. I really appreciate the word of advice. I will truly take them under advisement and move forward. Thanks.
Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg? That's enough for me to like you Ryan. I read your 10 Commandments article some time back and thought it was great.
You keep up the good work and please give me a heads-up when you release new articles, i really enjoy your writing.
A nod to J.C. for giving me a push to come back and read your latest work.
Thesis eh? Silver, Golden, or contemporary era? I hope you included a paragraph on The EC glory days during the Korean Conflict.
Thanks for editing my first couple of articles. I will use your tips to further improve my work
Thanks again for the edit
Thanks for the edit and feedback, i edited it like you told me , would you like to take another look ?