I promised myself that should the time ever arise, I’d refuse to pen a goodbye column.
Now that that day is here, I’ve kept that pledge. Sort of.
I’ve always felt it’s somewhat egotistical for sportswriters to broadcast his or her departure — after all, it’s the athletes that deserve recognition for their accomplishments on and off the field or court, not the dopey journalists who follow them around, picking and prying into their lives seeking story angles.
In July 2014, former Laurinburg Exchange news editor Abbi Overfelt took a chance on a University of North Carolina graduate who was still seeking full-time work one year after donning a Carolina blue cap and gown.
I hope I’ve proved to you that I was worth that risk.
With that being said, I’ll spare you the various sentimental tales I could write here and instead address what’s important: thank you.
The Scotland County community welcomed me with open arms despite the fact that I grew up a Cumberland County resident, and regardless of circumstance, your hospitality and generosity has been unwavering. It’s been a pleasure interacting with you and listening to your feedback in person, over the phone, or through email and social media exchanges, even if you had to remind me for a third time to spell your kid’s name right.
Although I will no longer serve as this newspaper’s sports editor after today, my new venture isn’t taking me very far. In fact, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse this fall of a tall, gangly former Exchange reporter seated somewhere in the vast Pate Stadium crowd or in the bleachers at Harris Court taking in a St. Andrews wrestling match.
After all, this isn’t goodbye. It’s see you later.
Logan Martinez can be reached on Twitter @L_Martinez13.