While attending the University of Kansas, Tracy received a Society of Professional Journalists award for online sports reporting and two first-place awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for her newscasts. After graduation, she worked in Kansas City at WDAF-TV (FOX) where she produced morning and weekend newscasts.
While still in high school Tracy got her first taste of working in TV through a mentorship with long-time WCCO-TV reporter Darcy Pohland. Now at WCCO, she writes newscasts and field produces many feature stories for TV.
A life-long Minnesota sports fan, Tracy is adamant about rooting for the home team. During the summer she’s at Target Field getting unique stories for the Twins Blog. From a behind-the-scenes tour of the archive room to sharing importance of ALS day, she finds unique stories about the players and happenings at the ball park.
Please share your story ideas with her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on twitter @partray.
Between the biting winds and the snow storms, it’s been a tough winter to be a Minnesotan. Central Minnesota is digging out of 4.5 feet of snow, and some people are running out of places to put it.
Over four days in late January, the Starkey Hearing Foundation created miracle after miracle, by giving the gift of hearing to hundreds of people, young and old, living in the Dominican Republic. Starkey has been coming to the Dominican for 14 years, mostly in the capital Santo Domingo. The frequent trips are necessary because the humid, salty air affects hearing aids quicker than air in other places around the world.
When you think of a summer evening at the ballpark, a vibrant scene of sights and sounds will flood your mind. The roar of the crowd, the crack of a bat and the vendors shouting up and down the aisle. It all adds to the experience and magic of the game. However, some athletes experience the game in silence. They cannot hear.
It’s a hot, sticky day in the Dominican Republic and the clouds are rolling in. Hundreds of people have traveled to Santo Domingo for help because they can’t hear well. A crew of 50 people are here for them.
As one of the oldest cities in the new world, you instantly feel transported back in time when walking around the cobblestone streets of Santo Domingo. About three million people live in “la capital” Santo Domingo. Its rhythm can be seen – not just heard.
Baseball isn’t just a sport in the Dominican Republic — it’s the national obsession. The Dominican is home to many talented major leaguers including Robinson Cano, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Alex Rodriquez and Albert Pujols just to name a few.
It’s finally happening. After weeks and months of planning, the trip I’ve been dreaming about is now just days away. I can almost smell the warm, salty Caribbean air. And I can now share this exciting adventure with all of you.
As the Metrodome prepares to be deflated, a lot of people are reflecting back on their time spent inside the stadium. The Dome was home to the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. Even though they moved out four years ago, the Twins have cleaned out their Target Field closets and found lots of unique memorabilia. Many items came from their hold home, the Metrodome.
When one stadium goes up, another one must come down. That’s what happening right now in downtown Minneapolis. On Saturday, the Metrodome will go flat. It’s a speedy demolition process to make way for the new billion dollar Vikings stadium. Crews broke ground more than a month ago and the time has come to clear out the building for the next phase.
They’re the seats that meant so much, for so many years. Monday, season ticket holders had to wait a little longer to call them their own.
Before celebrating the BCS National Championship Monday night, Florida State’s head coach was celebrating a different victory. This battle had a much tougher opponent. Jimbo Fisher’s son, Ethan, was just 5 years old when doctors diagnosed with Fanconi anemia. It’s a very rare inherited blood disease that can cause a lot of problems, the biggest of which is bone marrow failure.
Bullying is becoming an increasingly high-profile problem in schools across our state and the country. A new study suggests the effects of name calling aren’t just emotional but physical, as well.
Lou Gehrig called it a bad break, but we all know it was much more than that. One of the most talented ballplayers in history, Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games, held the 1934 Triple Crown and has a lifetime batting average of .340.
With HD TVs and in-home theaters, fewer people are heading out to the movies. But AMC’s new luxury theatre in Coon Rapids could change that. After four months of renovations, the 16 screens are enhanced and ready for customers, said Ryan Noonan with AMC Theatres. It starts with open-style concession stands.
Baseball is a great equalizer. It brings people from all different ages, races and backgrounds together for one reason: to have fun while playing or watching a game. That driving theme could be witnessed Wednesday’s game at Target Field.
t three hours a game, some would complain baseball is already a long sport. But this week, the Metrodome is home to what could be the longest game ever.
Baseball has many players. I don’t mean just those on the field. There are coaches, hundreds of employees who work front office and dozens groom the field. There are also the people who work in the stadium, the vendors, reporters, TV crews, merchandise sellers, fans, reporters. You get the idea. One of those guys who’s “a part of the sport” is Gordy Jones. He’s worn many hats throughout his career: a newspaper writer, blogger, photographer and most recently, children’s author. “Baseball is my passion,” Jones said. “I love kids and I like to do as many things as I can. I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever had in my life.”
Being a professional athlete comes with some perks. Some are more obvious than others: getting paid to play a sport, being a celebrity and becoming a role model to others. Another great benefit: being able to help the people who support you. Many athletes feel a great responsibility to pay it forward and don’t take that aspect of their job lightly.
Now that the Wild’s season is over, the players assumably have a lot of time on their hands. They took a few weeks off and are back in the grind of working out and preparing to condition for the next season.
This summer, the Minnesota Twins are making local music fans happy. At every Wednesday home game through August, a local band will perform during games in a series the team calls “The Midwest Music Showcase.” In the past, the Twins have fielded complaints that local music wasn’t played in the stadium.
Twenty years ago, we were introduced to characters like Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, Smalls, Squints, Ham and Yeah-Yeah. They were far from a pack of superheroes; just neighborhood kids trying to stay out of trouble while playing baseball.
Monday should have marked the 10th home game for the Twins this season. Instead, it marks the third postponed game at Target Field in 2013.
They’re supposed to be the boys of summer. This season, they’re the boys of snowstorms.
42 is a reminder of how we’ve progressed as a sport and a nation. When it ended I felt moved and inspired, but a part of me was also a little sad.
Peter Nelson and I had the pleasure of eating our way through Target Field’s new food tasting event. In keeping with the baseball theme, here’s a line up of our favorites …