The Show Before The Show

(This story originally appeared in the September 2019 edition of Yankees Magazine.)

A real project for me this year was to try to get away from the typical 25 guys you see in a baseball clubhouse. I wanted to tell different stories, and one thing I really sought was the chance to tell some stories about women and their places around the game.

So when I was able to combine that goal with my interest in writing about Deivi Garcia, I pounced.

I first saw Garcia pitch last year, when I was writing about then-Yankees pitching coordinator Danny Borrell. Garcia was this tiny guy with amazing stuff; I couldn’t believe what I was watching, but I was writing about Borrell (and, it turned out, another Garcia — Dermis — so there wasn’t room in that story for much on Deivi).

Then, this year, Deivi Garcia broke out, and ended the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. And his presence there allowed me to write about his journey, but also about Blayke Scheer, and the YES Network program HOMEGROWN.

Everyone around the Yankees knows Blayke, her voice, her style. She is the consummate producer, always around, always solving problems, always helping everyone around her. And the show she produces is just so perfect for the minor leagues — a version of HARD KNOCKS with a smaller focus. I got to spend time behind the scenes, as she developed segments, did her confessional interviews, schmoozed with players to help build the rapport that comes through so clearly during the broadcast.

I think that both sides of the story worked well, and it all synthesized well into solid piece.

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