Last Thursday, March 27th, I spoke with Ryan Divish, Mariners beat writer for The Seattle Times, who said that he has always been a fan of the game. Divish even played baseball for the majority of his life. However, he noted that it is difficult to remain an upbeat fan when you become a writer for the sport.
“I think you sort of lose the ability to be a fan,” said Divish when asked if it was hard to write for a team that he hasn’t always loved. He grew up in Montana, where there weren’t any major league teams. Somehow he developed into a Red Sox fan, although he admits he wasn’t diehard. Now, Divish said he tries to remain impartial when reporting on the Mariners in his daily updates for the Seattle Times.
Divish also discussed the path he took to get to where he is now in his career. He earned his teaching degree then went on to study journalism at the University of Montana. Divish worked for The News Tribune prior to taking a position for The Seattle Times and said that it is a very demanding career with many ups and downs.
“I would tell them to go into computer science or go to law school,” replied Divish jokingly when asked what his advice was for young, aspiring journalists.
It’s a 24 hour job because people want information and they want it quickly. That is why it is important to be able to have blogging and social media skills and to be able to dedicate much of your time to your job, according to Divish.
Yet, it’s not all terrible. It’s actually a lot of fun, said Divish, who enjoys all the action associated with baseball. As someone who has covered other sports in the past, Divish said that there may not be as much to talk about for football or basketball. “With 162 games in a baseball season, there is always something to do,” said Divish.
So, can a baseball beat writer remain a baseball fan? At the end of the day, writing for the Mariners is Divish’s job and nobody adores their job every second of every day. But, he manages to still love the game of baseball despite the connection with his career.