I’m not in the habit of writing about my husband here because it’s a blog about my challenges, not his, but I want to share some joyful news.
If you’re a Dodger fan, last night was upsetting, but something happened during the game that brought some well-deserved happiness to my dear husband, Don.
Don learned a couple of weeks ago that his company, STATS, LLC, were closing their LA office in May 2018 and moving the staff to Chicago, where their headquarters is located.
FYI: STATS is a sports data, technology, statistics, and content company that provides content to multimedia platforms, television broadcasters, leagues and teams, fantasy providers, and players, in addition to major B2B and B2C brands. STATS provides AP editorial content and maintains relationships with many major sports leagues worldwide. They cover more than 300 leagues and competitions across the globe totaling of 83,000 events annually. (Thanks Wikipedia).
So, Don wrote to Joe Buck, for whom he has provided game notes and stats for many years, letting him know this was his final postseason working for STATS. He wanted to say farewell before “this ridiculously entertaining World Series reaches its finale.”
He explained to Joe that the company was closing down the Los Angeles office and that all 20 of the staff members were offered the opportunity to move to Chicago in order to keep their positions, but he had declined. He wrote, “To be clear, I am not resigning or retiring; rather, my job is literally going away and I am choosing not to chase it.”
He wanted to tell Joe it has been an honor and a privilege to try to provide him with thoughtful analysis over the years.
The news of STATS’ move, combined with the stress of the World Series, were weighing heavily on Don’s heart. He’s ordinarily a very buoyant person, but lately he was not himself.
But then last night, during game 7, in the top of the 6th inning, Joe Buck started praising Don’s work. Among other complimentary things, he said, “And believe me, I can’t tell you how smart he has made us seem.”
When Don came home from the game, he was beaming. His hard work and expertise had been recognized during the most important game of the season.
A few years ago, when I knew I would no longer be working, it was difficult , and I struggled with all the feelings that came up. I don’t know exactly what Don is feeling about the end of his career with STATS, but I can see it’s hard on him.
I’m sorry for all the disappointed Dodger fans, but last night was the best game ever for us!