Wheaton College To The Texas Rangers: Jared Barnes’ Baseball Journey

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Jared Barnes loves baseball, and like many, he’s pursuing a dream of working in the sport he’s always loved.

Noontime Sports caught up with the former Wheaton College alum recently to talk about his love for the sport, as well as his current journey, which has landed him in Texas with the Rangers as baseball operations intern. Jared was so kind to share his story, along with provide insight on what it’s like to work in baseball, too.

1.) Going way back, way before Wheaton College, what was one of your first and fondest memories about the sport of baseball? Was there a moment from your youth that sticks out?

The first baseball memory that comes to mind for me is always my first trip to Fenway Park with my Dad in July of 1994. We sat five rows directly behind the Red Sox on-deck circle and it was my first real exposure to the game at the highest level. Ever since I think anyone who knows me can attest that baseball has been a pretty big part of my life.

It had always been my hope while growing up to play professionally, but unfortunately for many of us the game ends before reaching that point. Yet, a lot of my family memories are focused around the game of baseball. Family vacations were always spent at my baseball tournaments, and my Dad always devoted a lot of time to helping me workout and get better in the offseason. I had a lot of great experiences playing the game and was able to do so thanks to many sacrifices my parents made.

2.) What are some of your favorite memories about playing baseball for Wheaton College? Correct me if I’m wrong, but you were on the team that made it to the World Series in ’06, right?

I was a freshman on the 2006 team that went to the Division III World Series, and baseball-wise it’s tough to top that week. It’s an experience I will never forget and I was really fortunate to come in as a freshman and be a part of that team’s success. That’s something I will always be able to say I was a part of and is pretty special to me. It brought back a lot of memories watching Wheaton’s run to the national title game again this season, and was a really proud moment for a lot of the alums of the program.

Looking back though a lot of my favorite memories are the day-to-day occurrences that are a part of building a team and an identity each year. The bus rides, early morning sprint workouts, and lifelong friendships I formed with teammates are the special aspects of being a student-athlete, and I think anyone that played a collegiate sport misses some of that every day once it’s over.

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Daily Noontime – October 14, 2011

Despite an early lead on Thursday, Texas fell to Detroit and lost their "swagger!"

Happy Friday! It’s time to relax, kick-back and enjoy life, but also y’all should read the latest edition of the Daily Noontime too! Here’ some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Despite trailing the Texas Rangers, 3-1 in the American League Championship Series, Detroit rallied to win Game 5 on Thursday to force a Game 6 on Saturday.

* The Milwaukee Brewers earned an important victory on Thursday, and tied the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with 4-2 win.

* Once again, New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has called out his offense, which might be what “Gang Green” needs to snap their three game losing streak.

* According to NBCs Hardball Talk, the Texas Rangers are prepared to “throw” money at New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia during the offseason.

* The Denver Broncos have apparently placed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block and hope some team will want to initiate a trade before the deadline on Tuesday.

* Apparently NBA commissioner David Stern told the media that the league might have to cancel Christmas games, if no deal is reached by next Tuesday.

Games to Watch: 

* Milwaukee at St. Louis (MLB/NLCS) – 8:05pm eastern 

* Hawaii at San Jose (NCAA Football) – 9:00pm eastern 

* San Jose at Anaheim (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How sweet is this – Hulk Hogan inspiring Tim Tebow!

Daily Noontime – October 11, 2011

Well, the NBA season has kicked-off with a bang - canceled games!

Happy Tuesday and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the best stories and news of the day! 

Headlines: 

* It’s official – the NBA has cancelled their first two weeks of the season, and it’s possible more games won’t occur this season too.

* For the first time since 1956, the Detroit Lions are 5-0, as they defeated the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, 24-13.

* After Monday’s game against the Lions, ESPNChicago.com’s Michael Wilbon explained in his recent article – the Bears need to get things together before it’s too late.

* According to sources, Houston Texans linebacker Mario Williams is out for the rest of the season after he tore a pectoral muscle against Oakland this past Sunday.

* The St. Louis Cardinals picked up their first win against the Milwaukee Brewers, and tied the National League Championship Series, 1-1.

* Nelson Cruz hit a grand slam in the 11th inning on Monday, and helped the Texas Rangers defeat the Detroit Tigers in Game Two of the American League Championship Series, 7-3.

Games to Watch:

* Florida at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Minnesota at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Texas at Detroit (MLB Playoffs – ALCS) – 8:05pm eastern  

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed it – here’s Cruz’s grand slam on Monday! 

Daily Noontime – October 10, 2011

Chalk up another win for the New England Patriots, who handed the New York Jets their third loss on Sunday!

Happy Columbus Day to everyone and welcome into another great edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the day’s headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New York Jets dropped their third game in a row on Sunday, as the New England Patriots defeated “gang green,” 27-21.

* Sunday was an emotional day for the Oakland Raiders, who rallied to defeat the Houston Texans, 25-20. Also, this was dedicated to their former owner and general manager, Al Davis.

* The Buffalo Bills dream season continued on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, as the home team circled the wagons and earned an important win, 31-24.

* Game One of the NLCS kicked-off with a bang, as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-6.

* According to some sources – the Green Bay Packers earned their most impressive win of the season against the Atlanta Falcons, which resulted in a 25-14 victory.

Games to Watch: 

* Detroit at Texas (MLB Playoffs – ALCS/Game Two) – 4:19pm eastern 

* St. Louis at Milwaukee (MLB Playoffs – NLCS/Game Two) – 8:05pm eastern 

* Chicago at Detroit (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed this on Sunday – here’s DJ Steve Porter‘s remix about the Patriots and Jets, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – October 7, 2011

The Tigers defeated the Yankees on Thursday to advance to the ALCS!

Alright, it’s officially Friday, which means the weekend is ready to start! Here’s the day’s headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

* Despite losing in Detroit, the Tigers earned an impressive Game 5 win in the Bronx against the New York Yankees to clinch a spot in the American League Championship series against the Texas Rangers.

* Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series between Arizona and Milwaukee is Friday evening, however some believe the Brewers should win, especially since they’ll be playing at home.

* Game 5 of St.Louis-Philadelphia should be exciting, as Roy Halladay will oppose Chris Carpenter.

* Once again, the New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is yapping at Tom Brady, but this time – he’s asked the quarterback to throw the ball his way.

* The Boston Bruins celebrated their sixth Stanley Cup Championship on Thursday, but lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1.

* The Miami Dolphins will have a new quarterback for the rest of the season, as Chad Henne opted for shoulder surgery and won’t return to the gridiron until most likely next season.

Games to Watch: 

* New York Rangers at Los Angles Kings (NHL) – 1:00pm eastern 

* Arizona at Milwaukee – (MLB Playoffs) – 5:07pm eastern

* Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

* St. Louis at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) – 8:37pm eastern 

* #5 Boise State at Fresno State (NCAA Football) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

These are your typical Red Sox fans!