Every year, from April until October, the 30 baseball teams in the Major Leagues undertake one of the great organizational feats in American sport, playing 2,430 games across North America. Each team plays 162 times, crisscrossing the continent on planes, trains, and buses. And, in New York, the subway.
For this to happen, hotels need to be booked months in advance. Flights have to be scheduled at exact -- yet flexible -- times. Per diem cash has to be at the ready. Players and coaches need to know where and when this is all going to happen. So do their families. So do their entourages. So do their dogs.
Someone, of course, has to be in charge of all of this. That someone on the Yankees, baseball's most visible team, is Ben Tuliebitz. He began his career with the Yankees in 2002, and is now in his 10th year as the team's traveling secretary, a seasoned veteran of sorts in what he calls a dream job.
Last weekend we caught up with Tuliebitz at Yankee Stadium, where the longtime baseball fan offered a glimpse into what it's like to shuttle a professional baseball team around the country for half the year. Like the game itself, the job is rarely predictable.