Today, Dan McLaughlin hosts the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7th Annual “Career Day”
High school and college students that have an interest in working in the professional sports field are invited to attend the event which precedes today’s matinée between the Cardinals and Mets at 12:45 pm. The festivities include a panel discussion with executives of the Cardinals Front Office, hosted by Cardinals television play-by-play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin.
According to the official release, “Each member of the panel will give a brief biographical sketch of their careers and how they attained their current positions as well as tips and advice about breaking into professional sports.”
Let’s take a look at the panel members, as well as potential highlights of their much-anticipated biographical sketches.
Host: Dan McLaughlin
“Success doesn’t come easy. But it comes a lot quicker if you strive to be better than the guy to your left. When I wake up in the morning, I tell myself, “Just don’t be the dumbest guy in the broadcast booth.” That advice has worked wonders for me. Hitch your cart to the most dimwitted bonehead you can find and your star will shine that much brighter.
And kids, no matter what: when adversity strikes, always remember to smile.”
Featured Panelist: Andy Benes
“This industry consistently presents new challenges. Taking them in stride tells your superiors that you are adaptive and dedicated to the task at hand. My challenge: talking baseball with Fredbird during Cardinals rain-delays as if he’s a real human being…and not some sweaty front office intern stuffed inside a bird costume.”
Featured Panelist: Kerry Robinson
“Your teachers will tell you that practice and preparation will get your foot in the door of this privileged industry. Let me simplify that. Play baseball for the Cardinals. Simple as that. If you make your way in front of the camera and suck horribly, it also helps if you were born and raised in St. Louis.
Both of those skills; very important in this industry.”
And finally, the event will conclude with a screening of “The Revenge” from the second season of “Seinfeld”, in which George Costanza ponders a career change with his good pal Jerry.
George: Maybe I could be like, an announcer. Like a color man. You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game.
Jerry: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.
George: What about that?
Jerry: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and people that are, you know, in broadcasting.
George: Well, that’s really not fair.
Jerry: I know.