Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
Locker Room Talk May Get Her Job — but Not With Padres
Job applicant Taylor Grey Meyer's earthy retort to the Padres has gone viral on the web, and been picked up by such publications as the New York Daily News. She reportedly has a Master's degree in sports management. According to media reports, she dropped out of California Western School of Law -- which is at least as good in its league as the Padres are in theirs -- because of an excessive debt load. According to media reports, she applied at least 30 times to the Padres for jobs -- even minimum wage ones. She was rejected, rejected, and dejected. Then she got an email from the Padres, telling her she could attend a Sports Sales Combine, a job fair that would cost her $495. She snapped, writing back, "I realize I may be burning a bridge here, but in the spirit of reciprocity, I would like to extend you a counter-offer to [perverse invitation redacted]." She ended her missive with a suggestion that can be reported, "Maybe I'm not the best fit for your company. But here's a nice fit, my foot in your a--."
For her, the letter was "cathartic," she says.
After her response zoomed around the web, sports executives thought she would be perfect for some kind of position in the sports industry, which is not known for stuffiness. "She's a hit here in Cleveland," a staffer with the Cleveland Gladiators says. "Our top guy with the Glads has been talking for 5 minutes straight how he wants to hire her...I love when people shake s--- up."