My name is Geoff Blum. I know that Google will give you a pretty good idea of what I’ve done via articles, blogs and pictures but I’d like to give you my own version.
I am a native of Southern California. I grew up in the Ontario/Chino area of the Inland Valley. I started playing baseball at the age of 6. It wasn’t the only sport I played growing up and some have said it was my 2nd best sport. I played AYSO and club soccer from 10-14 years old. I soon found out that after a growth spurt I wasn’t one of the faster players on the field and withdrew from soccer. With the growth spurt I discovered a passion for basketball. I played the first 2 years of HS on the frosh and JV teams. I was MVP both years. I loved playing basketball but was given an ultimatum from the Varsity coach my Junior year; pick basketball or baseball. Given that I was 6’3″ and built like a fungo, I chose baseball. I lettered all 4 years in HS in baseball. My senior year I was recruited by schools all over the country. I eventually chose to attend the University of California at Berkeley. No, I wasn’t drafted out of HS due to the fact I committed to Cal so early. I chose Cal because they played in the PAC 10 (at the time there were only 6 schools that played baseball), they offered the best scholarship and I trusted them when they said I would have a chance to start at SS as a Freshman. Oh yeah, the education proved to be pretty valuable too (My mom told be to put that in). I eventually started as a Freshman and played in the 1992 College World Series at the age of 18. I spent 3 years at Cal majoring in Sociology before getting drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 7th round of the 1994 free agent draft. I spent 4 1/2 years in the minor leagues before getting called up on August 9, 1999. I went 2-4 with a 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s in my debut. I successfully navigated the next 14 years in the Major Leagues without ever being sent back down to the minors. I played for the Expos, Astros, Rays, Padres, White Sox and Diamond Backs. I’ve been to the playoffs in 3 of the 14 years including a World Championship with the Chicago White Sox.
Upon retiring in 2012 I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to transition from the field to the TV booth by the Houston Astros. From 2013-2015 I have been calling Houston Astros games on TV in the capacity of the color/analyst. I love what I do. I get to be around the game that has given me so much and I get to broadcast the nuances of the game to the next generation. With this new opportunity I feel it is now my turn to give back to the next crop of professional athletes. I want them to understand and adapt lessons I’ve learned over years to their own path.