How did you get started in the sports world?
It was late November freshmen year, and I was playing basketball. I don’t remember how, but it came to my attention that George Steinbrenner was a Williams alum. I said, ‘What the heck? Let’s take a shot.’ So I wrote him this long, cheesy letter where I talked about the leaves changing colors in Williamstown and what a great time of year it was. I lied and said I was a Yankees fan. I grew up a hardcore Mets fan. I asked for an internship or whatever he could do.
The next day I realized that I didn’t have an address to send the letter to. So I emailed the President at the time, Morty Schapiro, and said, ‘hey, I have this letter. Do you happen to have Mr. Steinbrenner’s address?’ Within a couple of hours Morty wrote back to me. He said, ‘this sounds like a great idea, I’d love to help you out. I know George myself. Why don’t you bring the letter to my office, and I’ll send him a letter with your letter and make sure it gets to him.’
I did that the next day and within a week I had a couple of calls from the Yankees, saying they wanted me to come down to do some interviews. I ended up going down the first week of spring break. We won the national championship in basketball on Saturday. Monday morning I went in to New York. I met with a few people and toured around. At the end, I met with the COO who said, ‘Mr. Steinbrenner’s already signed off on your internship. Where would you like to work?’