Last Thursday I had completed a big online presentation that I had been worried about for weeks. Discussing social media in nonprofits is easy when it's just one-on-one or talking in a group, but knowing that 500 people were on the phone listening to this Southern voice really freaked me out. So after it was over and I could breath again, I decided that it was time for some fun. So that's exactly what I did. After calling up some friends who were going to the Arkansas Travelers game, I decided I might as well hitch along.
And I'm so glad that I did. The Arkansas Travelers were playing the Springfield Cardinals where St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter was playing for the minor league while on the disabled list for St. Louis. After watching him throughout the game, there seemed like no other option but to find a way to get my picture with the young fan favorite.
If I've learned nothing at all, I've learned that the worst thing someone can say to you is no. But why on earth would he say no? Luckily, he didn't. After the game, I patiently waited down by the first base dugout where he was going to walk by. Once he started to head my way, I sweetly, yet loudly, yelled Carpenter and gave him a motion to take a picture.
I won't tell you that I might have also used an 8-year-old boy that was wanting an autograph to guilt him into coming over, because I'm sure he also wanted his picture taken with me.