Tuesday after my one-day weekend was a quick and painless day. The majority of my work was focused on two tasks. First I had to drive to our Team Pro Shop in downtown Tampa to pick up a box of hats for Josh Bullock. It's an arduous task but I get compensated the mileage and parking. I had never been to the Pro Shop so it was actually kind of fun. Downtown Tampa on a weekday is not fun however.
Next, came the task of identifying the player who was the autograph on each of probably 4-5 dozen baseballs. These get signed during every season by our players and by dignitaries who come in for baseball-related events. Some were easy: properly labeled boxes full of David Price and Kyle Farnsworth. Many had the official MLB Authentication sticker so a person can just look it up and see exactly who signed and when. But others were...a mystery, Old players, obscure players, etc. At one point we had four staff members scouring the internet trying to determine the identity of one last player on four baseballs. Eventually, it took some serious context clues (the balls may or may not have been signed at our 2014 Big Leaguer for a Day event) and looking through pictures from that event to find out that the balls were signed by former Rockies great Dante Bichette who is a Florida guy. All in all, it was a very fun task. Think of something silly you do at work. Now imagine that that silly task was something that you were perfect for and enjoyed in your free time. That was this for me. This is why I want to work in sports: even mundane tasks are fun.