Thursday, January 24, 2013

Journalism Portfolio




By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie
Executive Editor



Please view the best of my writing, including articles for The New York Times and The Journal News here: clippings.me/petebarrett


Friday, August 31, 2012

Andrew Marchand Interview


By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wright looking for a winner, bad news for Mets


By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie

Executive Editor


The Mets have a club option that they will inevitably pick up on 3B David Wright this offseason. After they do so, they have two more options: sign him long term or trade him away.

If Wright truly wants to finish his career as a Met, than they should be able to work out a deal. Most people think the biggest concern will be ownership boning up the seven years, or $100 plus million to sign him, but that may not be the biggest obstacle.

Wright has said that he isn't looking to find the most money he could get on the open market, but instead a place where he thinks he can win. That might bode worse for the Mets than even their finances.

The Mets have a lot of mediocre talent, some bad contracts, and a weak farm system (albeit promising pitching.) GM Sandy Alderson thinks the Mets will need to bring players in via trade, but the Mets don't have the pieces. Unless, they give up on their young pitching, which isn't realistic as of now.

Wright could look at this team, and see a role for himself as a Cliff Floyd, a mentor to the younger players, teaching them how to play the game the W-right way. But, he isn't 35 yet, he isn't even 30. He has a lot of baseball to play, and likely wants to get back to the playoffs – something he has experienced only once in his tenure with the Mets.

Wright should consider his legacy, and how much he means to the New York fan base. Also, how many endorsements he can do off the field in a market like New York. But at the end of the day, Wright will have to live with himself. If he stays with the Mets, he may be choosing a career without a ring. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

ESPN New York: Mets should cut Jason Bay

On Jason Bay... 
 "The Mets will likely try to trade him this winter, seeing if they can find someone else's bad contract to swap. If that doesn't work and he makes it to spring training, they'll hope he looks better. Then -- if Bay appears as rigid and unathletic as he has the last few years -- they should let him go. Alderson has done it before." - Andrew Marchand, ESPN New York
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By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie
Executive Editor


2:34 UPDATE: Andrew Marchand will join The Pete Barrett Podcast Friday afternoon. 

This column was published in the beginning of August, but the situation has only worsened. In his last 10 games, Bay has just four hits, and a .143 batting average. Like Marchand addresses, GM Sandy Alderson has cut players before: Castillo and Perez. But even with his lack of production, Bay is still admired by his teammates and coaches for his positive attitude through his dramatic decline.

With ownership's financial insecurity – instead of cutting Bay they should pool their resources and locate the monSTARS who stole Bay's swing – because it looks worse than Michael Jordan's in Space Jam.

Back With A New Look




By Pete Barrett, NY Sports Cookie
Executive Editor



Hey guys, it's been a while. Even though this blog would not indicate it, I have been working hard the last several weeks.

I took a break from the blog this summer – working six days a week – writing for The Journal News and interning at MLB Network.

This summer I was also published by The New York Times Bats Blog. You can check out all of my top clips here: clippings.me/petebarrett.

I am back at Gettysburg College for my sophomore year, and the blog is back too. Expect the best content on the web, because I am dedicated to bringing you the top sports story tellers across myriad platforms for interviews on The Pete Barrett Podcast.

I also will be sharing the top articles worth reading each day, throwing my take in there, and asking for yours.

This can be a turning point of something special.

Follow Pete on twitter @PeteBarrettJr

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thoughts on Life & Death of Kile and Ghawi



Like you, I woke up Friday morning to the news of the Aurora shooting and immediately put myself in that movie theatre. 

We're human, so that's acceptable – I guess. But, it's more than our species that connects us to the victims.

Shootings happen every day, every hour, but we don't always hear about them. 

I didn't know anybody killed or injured during Friday's nightmare, and if you're reading this in New York, there is a good chance you don't either. 

But, this was a story we connected with, mainly because we were told about it. The story went viral, with different details for everyone. 

Some parents connected with the four-month-old baby shot in the head, many teenagers were shocked with the idea that they might not be escaping to a utopian and magical realm inside a movie theater. 

I was struck by the story of Jessica Ghawi, the 25-year-old sports writer and reporter. 

I was caught because she was young, she had a lot of promise, and her big break in the journalism industry was coming. 

She did the right things: she had a blog, developed a following, and a voice. But was not given enough time on earth to see the fruit of her labor. It just was not fair. She just went to a movie, and never came back. 

She didn't know that her last tweet, article, post, or interview was her last. And I'll never know mine. 

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I decided to end this strange and reflective day by watching a documentary: The Life and Death of Darryl Kile, which originally aired on MLB Network on July 12th. If there was a time to watch this movie, I thought Friday was it. 

Last summer I interned at MLB Network, and my mentors: Nick Hesketh and Sean Hyland,  contributed to this – what should be Emmy Award Winning – documentary narrated by Bob Costas. 

Kile's death on June 22, 2002 came as a shock to his teammates, as he had a heart attack at age 33. 

After days of mourning and a four-game losing streak, the documentary highlights Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa looking for a way to get his team to focus back on winning.

He struggled coming up with an idea or speech that did not come off as insensitive. "It was a tough, tough call. An impossible call to make," LaRussa said.

Until, he found an article written by St. Louis Post Dispatch Columnist Bernie Miklasz.

According to Miklasz in the documentary, Kile spoke to the media during spring training early in his career just after his dad had died suddenly. He said this:

In order to be a man you have to be able to separate your personal from your work life. It may sound cold, but I've got work to do. 


LaRussa recalled hurrying to the ballpark that night, with the paper in hand. He found the perfect way to address his players. To me, it's the best part of documentary.

MLB Network does a great job of portraying Kile as regular guy. He had a wife, three kids, and never missed a day of work.

That's why the Cardinals decided to play on June 23rd, Kile's day to pitch. Kile didn't miss starts, and that might be the biggest lesson of the day. We have too few opportunities on earth to miss any.

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We are constantly told to live each day like it is our last, but thats impossible. We have responsibilities we can't ignore, that only magnify with age.

But, now more than ever, we need to do at least two things:

Read about Jessica Ghawi, or someone we connect with whose time was cut short on this earth. Think what they would have do for one more opportunity, and channel that passion into our work.


Take advantage of all our opportunities, we'll never know if we will be presented with the same one twice. So, let's never miss a start.

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