Where were my index cards?! Ok, first off, the taking on Chico Harlan bit was all in jest! He did a fine job in his first season of covering the team for the Post and we obviously serve different functions. I’m a Mac to his PC (I totally wanted to use that line and it slipped — along with others). Seriously, I think Post writers do use PC laptops for work while I use a Mac, so there is some truth to that! I think for my first TV appearance this went pretty well, although the time flew and my 10 minutes was actually 7 minutes, so I wasn’t able to go very in-depth into anything. There was so much more I wanted to say, but I also didn’t want to talk over anyone. Feedback? Critiques? Applause? Heh.
I would totally do that again! Kim, the hair and makeup woman, was so flattering! Who can resist getting made up and fawned over? What’s not to love? I just wish I had turned more toward the cameras. All you can see is my pointy nose in the profile shots! And wow, my hair is short. Thanks much to Littles, Russ Thaler, Dan Steinberg, and Jamie Mottram for having me on the set. I was so nervous, but now that I’m not a virgin, if they ever have me back on, hopefully I won’t be shaking! But look Dave, I didn’t freeze up!
The adventure started when I left work early to make the drive up to Bethesda. My goal time for arrival was 4:15, but I ended up leaving work later than planned (as usual), so arrived just before 4:30 PM, thankful every time I got through three green lights in a row up Wisconsin Ave. I first ran into a suit-clad Mottram and after hugs and congratulating him in person on his new fatherhood status, realized I was terribly under-dressed in comparison! Since Steinberg hadn’t arrived yet, I sat in the makeup chair while Kim worked her magic. Poor Steinz! I probably ran into his time as he was scheduled for the entire show from the beginning and my spot didn’t come up until half an hour into it, so he had very little time for makeup.
LaVar Arrington took the set first with the guys, and I sort of met him after his time was done. Seems like a really nice guy. Pretty cool to meet him in the green room, which for the record, really is green. I watched the show on a television in there while trying not to get nervous and try to remember everything I could about the Nats season, with no idea what I would be asked. I wanted to Twitter from my iPhone pictures and one-liners, but found it said “No Sim Card” for the second time this week. I frantically searched my bag for a pin or something to pop it out with and came up empty. Kim to the rescue! Although, by the time I got it working, the sound lady arrived to wire me up with an ear piece during a commercial break. I was next!
I had never seen the set – darker inside than I expected! I took a seat at the table with the guys while my mic was clipped on, and in 5-4-3-2-1 boom goes the dynamite! Weeee! Hopefully I didn’t say anything too off.
I’d love to expand on some things… Like about how I work when I interact with everyone and am not hiding behind a computer keyboard. For me, that’s been more difficult than it probably is for beat writers. The team has no choice but to deal with whoever the papers send, whereas I have had to gain trust or risk getting frozen out. Luckily, I think one of my greatest attributes is my ability to get along with pretty much anyone, as well as be judicious in what I post. Plus, I like to kind of lurk and use my honed observation skills to just kind of get a feeling for what’s going on. I have struggled this season with the line I straddle between media and fandom that Russ mentioned — kind of an odd identity crisis as I’m just doing my own thing which doesn’t fit within any defined criteria or guidelines. If I’m media, I shouldn’t really be getting autographs, right (of course, the one autograph I got this year was actually for my husband, not me!)? So what am I?! Hee!
Other things I would have loved to talk about more are what makes Manny a good manager and how he stays positive (beyond the books) and his philosophy, particularly since he worked with the players he was given. I think another positive would be if Ryan Zimmerman is locked up for multiple years before the fans lose faith in the longevity of their favorite players on the team or Zimmerman himself sours on his desire to remain here long-term.
I also missed my “You betchya! (wink)” opportunity! Thaler gave me the perfect lead-in too! Just call me regular Cathy six-pack.