Have you ever heard of the express, “it’s who you know, not what you know.”
It’s (the phrase) a well know remark that’s either for you, or against you, anyway you look at it. Especially when it’s said with a specific intent. Again, plus or minus.
Well, let’s look at that phase in a way that you might think of, or assume beneficial to you because your not all that familiar with a man or woman that would fit that bill. In other words, an inside person with clout, influence, money, you get the idea.
But hold on there, let’s not be so narrow minded about who it is that we may want to contact. For example, consider the following people:
- All of your teachers
- Your baseball coaches
- Your clergy - Pastor, Rabi, Priest, etc.
- Your mom or dad’s boss,… heck, you mom and/or dad, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc.
- Your family lawyer, doctor, tax accountant.
- Your city councillors, ward alderman, state representative.
What do all these people have in common? Most, if not all, have been to college. And by reason of that, they are alumni of institutions. So, if your looking for advice, an interest in what’s what, why not set aside some time to talk to these people about there college or university. What it was like, what good times they had, who were the coaches at the time when they were there.
Now here comes the good part. Tell any and all of those that you talked with that your going to write the baseball office and that institution’s skipper and express an interest in more information about the college and university - especially their baseball program. And express a tremendous
appreciation for the information provided by those you talked to - and mentioned him/her by name and the class they graduated in. I’m sure everyone will say with enthusiasm…” go ahead and good luck!” Just get the person’s approval before hand.
Now this really isn’t a reference, nor is it an open door for a campus visit. IT IS however, a real handy way of making an introduction to the college with an alumni’s name in a very positive light. Let things take their course and see what turns up. You’d be amazed at what a simple act of courtesy - of saying positive things about an alumni’s experience, coupled with your interest in that institution’s baseball program can generate. Now I’m not saying you’ll get a post card in the mail, but it’s a start.
Also, this is a very, very small world. Saying something good about someone or someplace can only bring good things in your direction - again, it’s a start.
The foregoing does require a bit of fineness and a clear plan. But look at it this way - as a college baseball pitcher you’ve got to be very pro active on your own behalf, with polish and diplomacy. Why not practice now, with guidance from your parents and maybe some of the people that I mentioned above.