I recently wrote a spur-of-the-moment article for a blog called The Lefty Catcher. The idea popped into my head at a Starbucks. Here’s that process:

2:55 p.m. — How to Get a Credit Card – Tips & Requirements

I’m preparing for a job interview. I take notes in a moleskin journal. 

2:59 p.m. — https://www.google.com/search?q=the+worst+homer+of+2021

2:59 p.m. — Who hit the most irrelevant home run of the 2021 MLB season? | FOX Sports

If you know me casually, you might not know I like baseball. Recently a friend of three years messaged me, “Do you actually keep up with baseball?”

If you know me well, you know I’m obsessed. I wasn’t planning on preparing for the interview too much longer, but as soon as this thought popped into my head, interview prep went out the window. 

After a quick google search, I found that no one had answered my question (the Fox Sports article was close, but not exact). 

It’s time to write an article.

3:03 p.m. — Baseball Savant: Trending MLB Players, Statcast and Visualizations | baseballsavant.com

If you have a random question about baseball, this is the holy grail. From 2015 onward, they have random stats about literally everything baseball.

3:04 p.m. — Statcast Search | baseballsavant.com 

I go straight to the search feature. I’ve used it a few times for other random questions, and I know just enough to limit what I’m looking for. 

3:11 p.m. — Baseball Savant Videos | baseballsavant.com

After the search engine takes minutes to load (it was sifting through 5,944 results), I find a home run that fits what I’m looking for.

3:15 p.m. — Reds » Win Probability » Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | FanGraphs Baseball

Unfortunately, it’s not bad enough. I look up the date of the game and see the impact of that homer. It means something. Bummer.

3:18 p.m. — Baseball Savant Videos | baseballsavant.com

I find a second home run. After running a similar search to the one I did at 3:15, I find out that it’s actually a more meaningful homer. 

3:28 p.m. — Golden sombrero – Wikipedia

I make an analogy to what I’m going through on my journey for the worst homer through a baseball term. I have just found another homer that’s even better than the previous two. I realize this phrase might be specific only to a super small subculture.

It isn’t—it has its own Wikipedia page. I hyperlink it to my article.

3:42 p.m. — vinny capra – Google Search

In my search for the game log of another homer I’ve found, I come across the name “Vinny Capra.” 

I’ve been playing a lot of MLB: The Show recently, and he’s on the roster of the franchise I’m playing with. I had no idea he was a real person. 

3:43 p.m. — 5/7 andros blue jays fangraphs – Google Search

I meant to search “Astros” instead of “andros.” I’m not quite sure how this spelling mistake happened. Neither the S nor T keys are close to the N and D keys, respectively. 

3:54 p.m. — Baseball Savant Videos | baseballsavant.com

3:54 p.m. — Yankees » Win Probability » Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | FanGraphs Baseball

Eighth time’s a charm, as they say. I’ve found exactly what I was looking for. I double-check Fangraphs to confirm my suspicions and am overjoyed to find them correct. 

I download the video and insert it into my article. Time to send it out.

4:00 p.m. — Gmail

I’m with my girlfriend’s brother at Starbucks, and I’d promised to take him to the YMCA when we leave. I tell him I’m almost done. 

Then I realize I forgot to attach videos to my introduction. 

4:11 p.m. — Baseball Savant Videos | baseballsavant.com

I have to wait ten minutes because my laptop is starting to get overheated and I need Baseball Savant to add quantifiers to the search and reverse the order. Whoops. 

4:15 p.m. — Inbox (4) [emailaddressredacted]@gmail.com – Gmail

I send my article out for review. 

5:26 p.m. — postcalvinjan_barbee – Google Docs

I complete this post. 

The day before, I’d been disappointed with myself for not writing enough. I worried I wouldn’t be able to cut it in a world that wants articles churned out daily.

I don’t expect myself to write two blogs/articles that combine for over 1600 words in an hour-and-a-half span, but it’s encouraging to know that I can.

Hopefully, I can take this confidence into my next job interview.

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