In a blink of an eye, my internship with the Buffalo Bisons is over. Not only have the Bisons continued their winning ways since my last post, I felt that I got into a rhythm in terms of knowing what to look for during games and the style of writing Bisons.com tries to use for their game recaps.
After watching the events from the “cheap seats” for years as a fan, it was cool to see the Star Wars Night and Independence Eve extravaganza – with fireworks and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra afterwards – from the press box. Getting to meet some of the fellow writers in the area, such as Canisius alum and Buffalo News writer Mike Harrington, was also a plus.
I also accomplished one of my goals from the beginning of the internship, which was to write a couple of feature stories, as linked below. Not only did I get to meet and interview Patrick Kivlehan and Zach Jackson, I also talked to Bobby Meacham and the rest of the Bisons coaching staff to enhance the stories. I hope the players enjoyed the interviews as I asked about their journey to Buffalo and other questions that they probably aren’t often asked about.
Profile on veteran hitter Patrick Kivlehan from July 27, 2019 https://www.milb.com/buffalo/news/one-more-hit-kivlehan-extending-career-as-productive-veteran-for-bisons/c-309466426
Profile on top reliever Zach Jackson from July 11, 2019 https://www.milb.com/buffalo/news/as-jackson-finds-his-confidence-bisons-find-a-go-to-arm-in-their-bullpen/c-308976390
Overall, this was a great internship, especially once I got into a rhythm around early June. I gained valuable experience on how to cover professional baseball and improved on covering baseball in general – such as, learning what is and what is not important to a game story.
I look forward to wrapping up the internship during this weekend’s home stand and that whoever is in this role next season has as much fun as I did.