What did I do this off-season? I find this question amusing this year simply because this off-season was more than a little unique compared to all the others. In early November my husband (J.C.) and I welcomed our first child, a beautiful and healthy baby girl named Ariana. So while this off-season ended up meaning time away from baseball, it was by no means an off-season.
The last few months have
passed by quickly, and quite honestly it's been a bit of an exhausted
blur. The months of September and October were spent touching base with
many of our corporate partners as I worked to transition out of the
front office for maternity leave. Cue November and our bundle of joy
arrived, meaning the next few months were spent elbows deep in diapers,
laundry, more diapers, and more laundry, with a few late night feedings
thrown in just for fun. I was overwhelmed after the arrival of Ariana by
the number of people from the Sweets community who offered
congratulations, brought by fresh meals, sent gifts, and overall
embraced our growing family. It reminded me how fortunate I am to have
met such amazing people and how grateful I am to call so many of you
When I wasn't busy with diapers and sneaking
sleep whenever I could manager, my time off was spent visiting with
family and adjusting to parenthood. I will continue to be grateful to
the Sweets organization for allowing me the time off. Despite Zachary's
insistence that I not worry about the Sweets, I have to admit I wasn't
really able to turn of the GM mindset entirely. I ventured downtown to
check-in and visit more than once, and was excited to get back to work
planning for 2016.
The transition back to the office
has been relatively smooth, and baby Ariana makes an excellent Assistant
GM when she finds herself tucked in behind my desk (even if she sleeps
through 50% of the important decisions). It will come as a surprise to
no one if her first word is baseball or Sweets, and I'm certain her best
friend will be Sweet Lou.
As the season approaches
(and it's coming faster than I was prepared for) there is still plenty
of work to be done. Over the next 100 days I'll be working with Frank
to finalize the roster, finalizing promotions and in-game entertainment,
preparing the menu, transitioning the stadium, hiring our game day
staff, and so much more. The entire front office seems to be buzzing
with life as we gear up for what is promising to be our best season yet.
I truly can't wait to welcome everyone through the gates on Opening Day
to celebrate season #7!