Former Beachwood resident Jeremy Babin got the work experience of a lifetime earlier this month when he covered the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland as a freelance reporter with North Georgia Television station WDNN in Dalton, Ga.
Babin, 37, has already had quite a few work experiences of a lifetime as a reporter, covering the previous two MLB All-Star games, as well as two NBA All-Star games, the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between Auburn University and the University of Oregon, the NBA Playoffs, college baseball playoffs and more. Despite his experience, Babin said he was still excited to return to Cleveland and cover the All-Star Game, which was the first time he returned to Progressive Field since 2007.
“I actually attended the 1997 All-Star Game (in Cleveland) as a kid with my parents,” said Babin, whose family attends Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. “It felt similar in some regards. The biggest thing that I noticed just from looking outside the stadium ... what’s transpired in downtown Cleveland the last 10 years, it’s a much classier place, with the restaurant district, the bars, the atmosphere. It was the downtown that really stood out to me.”
Babin, a graduate of Beachwood High School in Beachwood and Kent State University in Kent, said he doesn’t have a favorite sport to cover – right now, because it’s the summer, he’d say it’s baseball, but he admits if one were to ask him the same question in the fall, he would likely say football - he prefers to try to find the interesting storylines in each event he covers.
“To me, the actual game itself, it’s really all the same,” he said. “It’s really what the storyline is and that can change based on the circumstance.”
As far as how his hometown did in the national spotlight, Babin said speaking to other out-of-town media members gave him the consensus that most thought the city and the Cleveland franchise did a great job as host.
“It was really a good show by Cleveland,” he said.