The Perks of Being Married to a Sports Professional

A big thanks to Jessa from The Jessa Olson Blog for taking over the blog today in the next Perks of Being Married to My Spouse post!

Thanks Amberly for letting me take over your blog today and gush all about my husband. I love this series and am so thankful I get to be a part of it. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Jessa! I blog at The Jessa Olson Blog, previously Life of A Sports Wife.

I met Gary while we were both working for the Iowa Energy. The Energy is a D-League NBA team now for the Memphis Grizzlies but when we were working, they were affiliated with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. I was working as an intern in sales, and he was working full time in sales. We sat right next to each other. On his last day, he asked me out to dinner. I said yes, and I won't go into much detail about our first date, but it was pretty bad. We continued to talk as he took a new job in Kansas. I was about to graduated from Iowa State and start working in the sports industry myself. We talked a lot about the internship opportunities I had, and it was great to get advice from him.

Fast forward 5 years: We got engaged, married and moved 4 times. Now we are currently living in Charleston, WV. He works for the WV Power which is a Single A team for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the Manager of Group Sales. He absolutely loves his job and he can still come to the ballpark for work every day. (Prior to meeting Gary, he played baseball in college. In HS he got scouted by the Montreal Expos, now Washington Nationals, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then he had shoulder surgery and some other issues so he had to retire.)


I get free game tickets.
I don't have to pay for tickets to games. Some ticket prices are expensive and I'm trying to be cheap. So ticket prices are something I don't want to pay for. At his park, I get tickets into the all you can eat section so that's another bonus to the job. There have been a few times that I go just to the ballpark just to grab dinner. He is at the ballpark from 8am until the end of the game. I don't like cooking, especially for 1 person. Let's be honest, I don't like to cook in general.

He loves his job.
I have been with him when he hated his job so I love that he has a true passion about his job. He has played baseball for so long and the knowledge that he has always amazes me. He also loves the sales part of his job. Most people don't want to work in sales, but he has loved it. (And he is really good at it.) I got great advice while still in college to work in sales. Show them that you can bring in the money and then they'll let you do what you want. At the time I hated hearing it, but it's so true.

We get to travel a lot.
This is a pro and a con. Since we have been married (4 years) we have lived in: Topeka, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; Phoenix, AZ; and now Charleston, WV. When we left Phoenix for here, it was tough because 1) It's Phx, AZ. 2) I just got offered full time at my job. 3) We had a great savings set up at the time. 4) I was finally making friends and participating in Junior League. But long before this, we talked and decided it was all about getting him to be a General Manager for a baseball team. So I did what any good wife would do and packed up all our stuff, emptied our savings, and moved across the country to West Virginia. The positive to all this was we are closer to our family. We have gotten to travel to lots of surrounding areas and see a lot of places. It has put our kids decision on hold, but we have gotten to travel a lot which I do love.

He works crazy hours.
During the season, he is never home. So I am home alone a lot or sit at the ballpark alone. This past year, I have met more girlfriends and wives than last year, so I'm thankful that I don't have to do this season alone. But at times, I wish he didn't work so much. Even during the off season, there are events at the ballpark that he has to work. Most of the time I don't care, but when we have plans to go do something and a last minute thing comes up, it's just rough sometimes.

I could go on and on with the good/bad things about his job. I'm thankful for all of the opportunities that we had together and are going to have in the future.