Taylor Grey Meyer on Now Famous Letter to San Diego Padres

August 14, 2012 – 10:00 am by Michael Bean

Surely you’ve heard or read one of those stories about how a persistent prospective job applicant finally broke through and got the job because of his or her refusal to accept no for an answer. Well, that’s not exactly how things played out for Taylor Grey Meyer, a former law student with a graduate degree in sports management. Grey Meyer was rejected over 30 times from various jobs with the San Diego Padres organization, including a minimum wage ticket collecting gig that she was clearly qualified for. So, after being written an email by the Padres asking that she pay $459 to attend a networking event with the organization, Grey Meyer decided she’d had enough and responded to the Padres with a humorous, abrasive response that may or may not have involved an anatomical parts she doesn’t have.  Deadspin broke the story and has more details.

Meyer joined KILT in Houston to talk about what led her to write the infamous letter to the San Diego Padres telling them to suck my di**, whether she regrets sending the email and getting her fifteen minutes of fame this way, not worrying about burning any bridges with the Padres by writing such an email, how the incident has resulted in her receiving a number of job offers, and whether she’ll be accepting any of those offers.

On what led her to write the now famous email to the Padres and what set her off:

“What I did is what I do every morning. I woke up and started scrolling through my inbox hoping that something had popped, because it’s not just the Padres that I’ve been applying with, it’s everywhere and everything. So I see this email, and yeah, it kind of shocked me. So I tossed my phone to the side and walked to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea, and while it’s boiling I start verbally drafting my response aloud. I thought it was funny.”

On whether she regrets sending the email to the Padres:

“Oh goodness, no, not at all.”

On not worrying about ‘burning the bridge’ with the Padres because of the lack of a relationship in the first place:

“Yeah that’s what I felt too. And if anything I want to thank them for reacting that way because it’s resulted in offers and all these people just reaching out and tons of support. So I can’t be upset about it.

On how the email has resulted in job offers elsewhere:

“Oh yeah, I’ve been contacted by Major League GMs, commissioners of other leagues. I guess it was a  smart move for me, but who would have thought. I mean, you try to do the right thing. You go to school, I wrote a book about pediatric cancer, I’ve done so much for the community and tried to better myself constantly. And one day I write a snarky 15 minute email and it goes worldwide.”

On whether she tried to network with the Padres in order to get her foot in the door:

“Oh yeah, oh yeah. I have a lot of friends here who are agents, and I tried to go through them initially. But because of the adversarial nature of the management-agent relationship, they weren’t really very helpful. So I tried going to a job fair right after I moved here, and I waited in line for probably two hours to get some face time with somebody with the Padres. And when I finally did, we talked for less than a minute. And he told me, he said, ‘So, do you find that your graduate work in sports management has been helpful.’ And I said, ‘yeah, I hope that it will be.’ And he said, ‘I have one of those and it’s not helpful at all.’ So I said, ‘Oh, that’s interesting, you’re on the other side of the hiring table.’  So yeah, I left and I was just kind of disgruntled. I was just sad. And then later, after this whole thing when viral, this same person that I spoke to at the job fair was the exact same person that sent me that email.”

Whether she’ll be taking any of the job offers that she’s received:

“You know, I know all eyes on me right now. So I’m going to be very careful. I probably am going to accept one of these offers, but I’m going to make sure that it’s a perfect fit. I don’t want to take something that I’m not 100 percent about it, then fail and have people go that’s another reason to bad-mouth me.”

Listen here to Grey-Meyers on 610 KILT in Houston

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