Blog by: Josh Shelton
Coming into today, my expectations were low.
The four of us that were going to the Nationals spring training game expected very minimal access, but made the trek across the state anyway. We made the right choice.
We got our media passes and even though the picture that was used was from two years ago, they let me in.
I made my way down to the field and was in awe. The sun was shining, partly cloudy and a slight breeze blowing in from right field. The Bermuda grass had a perfect bounce to it and did not look real, but was soft to the touch.
The feeling of being on the field in perfect weather plastered a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
Then I connected with broadcaster Bob Carpenter to do a quick interview before watching the first inning and a half from the press box (and what a view it was).
The rest of the day was spent pacing around the bullpen trying to film relief pitcher and Terre Haute native, Derek Eitel.
Luckily, he remembered me from when I reached out to him via Twitter and was happy to entertain an interview.
We were back on the perfectly manicured Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and I was doing what I loved: telling the stories of athletes.
My group left; amazed by the kind of access we had to the field and the content we got that day.
Maybe it was because our expectations were so low or maybe it was because we had so many good stories to go back and tell. Either way, I wouldn’t trade this trip for the world.