Free-writing at its best!!!

By: Derek Forrest
By: Derek Forrest

Remember back when you were in school, or maybe you are still there and your English teacher told you to just pick up a pen and piece of paper and write? Well that is what I am doing.

Most of the time it does not take me too much to find some inspiration to add to this page day in and day out, but I think today may be different, or at least in adding something that would be different, so I decided to do something that I feel I do pretty good at, free-writing.

Remember back when you were in school, or maybe you are still there and your English teacher told you to just pick up a pen and piece of paper and write? Well that is what I am doing.

We are slowly wrapping up districts around the coverage area, and soon we will be covering and or playing in the region next week.

Real quick, I wanted to say that I have gotten a great response from many of you from the last couple of post from the last several days. I am glad that people are finding the time to read and are enjoying it. So for those people, I say thank you!! I really do appreciate it.

So far during the districts, I have gotten to go to places that I have not been in some time, for example, Middlesboro, Belfry, and later today East Ridge. All all three places, I have gotten the chance to see teams I have not seen in a while or to catch up with some that I have not seen in a while, or in some cases connect with people that I've never gotten the chance to do so before.

People seem to always ask me what is my favorite part of the job. Most would think that people on TV has got to be the answer. Well, I definitely enjoy the face time, but that is most certainly a plus. I think that being able to go out each day to cover games has got to be my favorite part.

But let me explain myself.

You know the feeling of going out and meeting new people and finding others that share the same interest as you? Now imagine going through that every day. That is what its like. Everyday I go somewhere, I get the opportunity to meet someone new, or to even catch up with someone that I have not spoken with in some time.

Now, I also think the whole TV thing goes hand in hand as well, because it has some benefits. Being on the air helps me connect with the audience, because when I go out, people will say how they saw me on TV, and it already gives them a sense of them already knowing who I am(which is a goal of mine by the way. I would like to think that I am pretty much the same way on the air as I am if you were to meet me in person.)

Anyways, this is different from when I first started, because when I first joined WYMT, I was not getting a lot of TV time and many people did not know who I was. So it made it hard for people to come up to me. Back then, it was, "hey, who is the new camera guy?!" (that always cracks me up).

Now, I feel like my name is out there whether it is good or bad, it is out there. But I like knowing the fact that people are noticing. I guess, there are really only two kinds of people in my medium, the ones that get noticed and the ones that don't. Along those same lines, there are the ones that you love, and the ones that you hate. There is really no in between on that one as well.

Ok, I am going to try to concentrate here for a second and focus on one thing for a second. I do want to talk about something that I have noticed. I have always thought to myself that two things happen when a camera shows up for a game. 1, players will try to show off for the camera, affecting their game negatively, or, 2, players will actually become more fired and play well with the camera there.

Over the last several days, several athletes have told me the latter, that they were fired up knowing the camera was there. This is something I can not relate to because I never had media coverage at any of my games, but I will say that if I did, especially if it were baseball, I am pretty sure I would show off for the camera. Umm, here is a good example.

For those of you who have seen the video of me looking like a fool at the hands of former North Laurel and now Union College softball pitcher Abby Sears, there is prove that I can actually hit a softball. Thank you very much!!!

But anyways I will leave you guys with that, its time for me to get some sleep.

- Rock

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