From a lasting impression to a first one
There was a moment last fall when I stopped typing, put my notebook down and simply did everything I could to take it all in. It was the only way to completely appreciate the night of October 27.
I have been fortunate to attend several memorable sporting events – some as a fan, some as a journalist covering them. But there was a time that night when I realized that this one rose above all others. The script was improbable, a writer’s dream. The ending, truly incredible.
By now, you all know where I was that Thursday evening. Some of you were there, too. The rest of you watched on TV.
And at the time, I never expected to be back so soon.
For the last five years, I’ve had the opportunity to cover the Pittsburgh Pirates for MLB.com. I’ve been fortunate, too, to be asked to assist with MLB.com’s playoff coverage. This past fall, that meant working alongside Matthew Leach during the National League Championship Series and the World Series.
And so my season essentially ended in St. Louis.
I was writing.
You were celebrating.
Well, I’m back now. And for good this time.
You likely have already heard/read about Matthew Leach’s well-deserved promotion within MLB.com. He’s off to New York City to take on a broader writing role, and I wish him nothing but continued success there. As for me, I’m up for the task of doing all I can to fill his shoes.
Returning to Missouri is a bit of a homecoming for me, as I spent four wonderful years in Columbia. The pursuit of a journalism degree brought me to Mizzou, though I learned plenty of other life skills while I was there — among them this idea that it is never appropriate to capitalize the ‘k’ in kU, since it is neither a proper place, nor a proper noun.
(You bet I’m ready for Saturday night.)
I am excited to be back in Missouri and thrilled about the opportunity to cover another team in the NL Central. Now seems as ideal a time to step in as any, too, given that this club has just endured an offseason of change and transition.
My journey starts today, and I look forward to sharing it with you. One of the most rewarding parts of my job in Pittsburgh was creating and sustaining relationships with readers there. I hope — and expect – to do the same here.
You can start by bookmarking this blog, as it will be an integral part of helping bring you news. You can also follow me on Twitter @LangoschMLB. And, of course, you can will quickly grow accustomed to seeing my byline on www.stlcardinals.com. The coverage will pick up when I arrive in Jupiter, Fla., two weeks from now, though there will be plenty of fresh content spilling out before then.
Also, never hesitate to get in touch or suggest items that you would like to see regularly on the website. My job is to serve you, to be your eyes and ears regarding all things Cardinals. I am looking forward to integrating myself into Cardinal Nation and providing you with the comprehensive coverage that you have come to expect and deserve.
Indeed, it is good to be back.