In 2005 I was lucky enough to intern with the now defunct Portland Beavers Triple-A franchise as a media relations assistant/writer.
I’d been a fan since the team returned to PGE Park in 2001, but having full behind the scenes access was a whole new experience. I got to know some of the players and coaches, many who were my age, and saw the less glamorous side to the career path I’d always envisioned for myself (I’d planned to be a Nolan Ryan-esque fastballer).
Thanks in large part to my internship (and the help of Beavers PR-stud Chris Metz) I was able to start writing for The Oregonian the following year. Two years later I was back at PGE Park almost every day as the paper’s de facto beat reporter.
This story focused on the wives of minor league players and the crazy lives they lead, trying to support their husbands while often working and raising families. I was really happy with how it turned out and consider one of the best stories I wrote on the beat.