When a hobby turns into a passion
By Nicole Castrellon
Sam Lack has a passion for sports. But he is not passionate about just any sport, he’s the most passionate about baseball. This much is evident when he talks about what made him want to get involved with sports. Being a major fan of the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, Sam has followed baseball closely since he was a young boy and it has contributed to how he views the game. “One thing that I definitely like about sports as a whole is how people handle themselves on and off the field especially.” Said Sam, “So I think that the Braves franchise has always done a really good job of handling its players and its players always representing its team and city really well. It’s very admirable.”
Growing up with two older brothers held its influences over Sam, as what sports he watched and even played were dependent on what his brothers were also partaking in. “Sports was always a significant part of their life so therefore it became a significant part of my life. Whatever sport or team they followed, I followed, whether it be professionally or collegiate. I also liked to compete in the same sports as they did.” Baseball came out on top of Sam’s favorite sports however as it has become the one sport that he follows the closest. “Without a doubt baseball comes first.” Sam said when asked about his favorite sports teams.
Sam’s favorite sports memory involves baseball with a visit to see the Houston Astros play when he was younger. The stadium had just been built and at the time it was called Enron Field (it is now Minute Maid Park), drawing a sold out crowd along with Sam, his brothers, and his grandparents. “Sharing that experience with so many other people was definitely an exciting experience and a cool experience. It is something that I will always cherish for the rest of my life.”
How have sports impacted Sam’s career choice? Well he says that the culture of the Braves franchise has made a lasting impact on how he views sports based on the type of team that they are. “I think that wanting to be a sports reporter is definitely a part of the fact that I just have always followed the Braves. They’re an exciting team to watch and that they always, in general, they create a lot of emotion and they’re not just a boring team.”
Sam wants to turn this passion that he has developed in following Braves baseball and the culture that he has grown up around with his brothers to be evident in his work when he eventually does become a sports reporter.
“It starts off as a hobby and then it turns into your passion.”