Introducing: The Chronicles of Agent Zero
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The Chronicles of Agent Zero is a special feature at Through The Fence Baseball. “Agent Zero” is an agent for MLB players who will write about what it’s like to be an agent, the ups and downs, the travelling, etc. Agent Zero prefers to remain anonymous, but you can be assured his stories are true. Any questions, just ask!
Chances are if you came across this blog you’re a baseball fan. Why else would you be checking out the website Through The Fence Baseball? Sure, the content is great but odds are you’re looking to get closer to the game and, to be honest, who isn’t? Baseball is America’s pastime, and this is my blog about my experience as a baseball agent.
As you read these entries, let me warn you that, although the names have been changed, the stories are real. In fact, I, too, am writing this blog under an alias so I can be free to write as open and honest about this business as possible. In doing so, I hope I can provide each and every reader with an inside look into the game we love.
With that said, let’s get started. Often times, when I tell people what I do for a living, I am met with a pleasant response and curious questions about how I became a sports agent. Well, the truth of the matter is I, like you, love the game, was blessed with some luck, put in a little hard work, kept believing in myself and made it happen. Well, it’s a little more complicated than that, but here’s my story.
Upon graduating from high school, I moved to the city to be closer to my local Major League Baseball organization. In reality, being close to a major-league organization was about 95 percent of why I chose to attend the university I did. In doing so, I spent every free moment at the stadium, team hotel and anywhere I thought I could interact with people working in baseball. Although I was mostly interested in speaking with the players, I did not discriminate, as I just wanted to get closer to the game. In fact, my willingness to push the boundaries into getting closer to the game caused one double-A franchise to ban me from the park, but that’s a story for another day.
As I started college, playing sports was replaced with partying and hanging out with friends. I stayed close to the game, but some of my interests had changed. I was an undecided major and had no clue what I wanted to do. I thought about following my parents footsteps by going into medicine, but chemistry and organic chemistry got in the way of consuming Busch Light beer and only worrying about the present.
So, even though my major remained undecided, one thing remained the same: my love for baseball. As the days passed, I realized all my free time spent away from partying with my friends was spent at the ballpark. I lived a short five-minute walk away, and every time I saw a player or front-office employee, I thought how wonderful it must be to walk to the ballpark knowing you were going to work.
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