TRUE LIFE: I Survived My First Spring Training

March 27, 2019

The last month and a half has been crazy busy and a lot has happened so try to stay with me here...

First, We got engaged... literally the very day before we moved to Arizona. It was magical, beautiful, and so comforting to know that we were making this commitment before a huge change in our lives. And my ring.... y’all 😍😍. Let me just say that the worst part of my day everyday is taking off my ring. 

 

Second, we packed up last month and officially moved to Arizona for our very first spring training. Daniel wasn’t the only one participating in spring training either. I started my job as a Marketing Assistant at Salt River Fields— spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies... Yep, the very same place Daniel works too. 

 

I decided very last minute that I was going to go to spring training with Daniel. So after that decision, I immediately started emailing my resume to marketing departments and marketing directors. I knew it was a far off chance since spring training was only about a month away, but I figured you never know until you try. At first, my boss emailed me back and told me that there were no open positions at SRF in his department but to check back in a few months. I was prepared to take an operations position at another stadium. Then as luck would have, about a week before we were supposed to move, my boss emailed me back and told me his marketing assistant had found another job and asked if I was still interested... uh, of course I was!

 

(Side note: For those of you that don’t know, I have a bachelor's degree in Marketing and I am currently getting my master's in Sport Management. So this job could not have been more perfect for me or come at a better time).

 

I do not work for the Diamondbacks directly but how cool that I get to cover and work alongside a team that we are now so invested in?! I have to say though, after being a part of spring training at Salt River Fields, I’m a bit of a Rockies fan now too. 

 

I jumped into my position on a super busy but fun week. We kicked off college baseball season at the same time as a huge food truck festival and I have to say it was the perfect weekend because food trucks & baseball season. Why else? Then we were off to the races with big league spring training. 

 

My main job as a Marketing Assistant at SRF is to run all of the social media accounts. So my day to day routine was to pretty much be anywhere and everywhere capturing content. I’ve never had a job that suits me more. I’ve been doing exactly what I want to be doing and on the path that I want to be on within my career field. And as it turns out, I’m pretty good at it. I’m so happy with the job I’ve done and the feedback I’ve received so far. I worked this spring training with the coolest, most supportive, fun people. For an outsider to come in at the busiest time, they welcomed me with open arms. My boss is kick ass and has already taught me so much in such a short time. I cannot thank him enough for giving me the last minute chance that he did. 

 

 

As spring training came to a close a few days ago, it was so exciting to end it on such a successful note... like woohoo, we made it! We all survived working in the Arizona sun everyday with no days off. Go us! But it also feels like saying goodbye to some of the friends you met at Summer camp. You form a friendship with these people because you work with them every single day as a team and then at the end of it, you all go your separate ways. I am happy to say though, that I will take the next few months off to travel with Daniel as he plays his first full professional season and then I will be back to Salt River Fields in August to resume my position. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to work at a top spring training facility doing exactly what I love and also being able to take the time to see Daniel do exactly what he loves. To the people I’ve worked with this past month, thank you for making my first spring training such an amazing experience. To the other WAGs out there, opportunity is all around, you just have to find it and chase it! We really lucked out here in Arizona, and I think we’ll stay awhile. 🤗

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