ASU's Alex Paris looks back on spring training experience
Editor's note: Alex Paris, a Take 2 contributor during Mariners spring training, offers final thoughts and a video.
This spring training season I got to interview major league baseball players, coaches, announcers, and fans.
I spoke Spanish with Felix Hernandez. I played catch with Miguel Olivo. I got to yell home-run calls with Rick Rizzs. I got baseballs thrown at me by Brandon League. I got the nickname "Rachel" (Nichols, the ESPN reporter). I played hostess to the 2012 Mariners Awards. I used a fake microphone and got made fun of for it.
These and countless others are events that made this spring the greatest experience in reporting I've had to date. I urge others to apply for this program next year, because you will not only learn valuable lessons, fashion a great reel of videos and build important connections, you will also make countless friends and create lasting memories.
I would like to take this final opportunity to thank all of the people who have helped me make it through the past 6 weeks. First off, Jon Kingston, my PIC in reporting, I couldn't have made it to the stadium without you.
Jose Romero, my teacher, mentor and peer, who helped me with everything from etiquette to story ideas.
In media relations a big thank you to Tim, Fernando, Jeff and Kelly, who were more than happy to answer my onslaught of never ending questions.
To the Seattle Times, thank you for your willingness to help me learn and gain this once in a lifetime experience.
To the Mariners staff, thank you for entertaining, updating and supporting me this spring.
For making this entire experience possible I would like to send a big thank you to Arizona State and the Walter Cronkite School, thank you for being behind us and our educations 100% of the way.
Finally to the Mariners team, I literally couldn't have done my interviews without you all. Thank you for being so professional, friendly, and helpful in my reporting experience.
I learned so much from everyone, while making friends and having the greatest time beyond anything I could have imagined.