I interviewed this morning for a copy writing position with CafePress, a web company in San Mateo, and baseball came up in conversation with my potential employers.
I met first with the head recruiter, and we hit it off. Besides going to the same college, I learned we are both fans of the San Francisco Giants. I mentioned having the opportunity to interview Will Clark next month, and we commiserated about how Giants general manager Brian Sabean consistently overpays for aging players. Sabean had the right approach in the late Nineties, when he used low-priced veteran acquisitions like Jeff Kent, J.T. Snow and Darryl Hamilton, to join Barry Bonds and create a contender; in recent years, however, Sabean has done things like give Barry Zito $50 million more than any other team would’ve paid. It’s not always been easy to watch.
After meeting with the recruiter, I met with the head of the online acquisition. Turns out he’s a Dodger fan. I said, “I’m sorry,” as I like to joke with Laker fans or anyone who went to a rival high school than me. My interviewer and I laughed a little, and I had to agree with his assertion that the Giants are always about one big bat away from being a contender, as they already have a World Series-caliber pitching staff. I told him how much I liked Vin Scully’s call of Kirk Gibson’s winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. I found a stream of it on YouTube recently and have watched it a few times. That was poetry, regardless of whose side you’re on.
Anyhow, I’m back from the interview now, and they just emailed me an application to fill out and fax over. Thus, I am off now to FedEx Office (I still want to call it Kinko’s) and am crossing my fingers.