BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no hesitation from Bo Schultz when he received the news. Then a junior journalism student at Northwestern, Schultz was interning with Outdoor Life magazine in New York City and had aspirations of becoming a sports writer. He had given up on baseball two years earlier after being cut by Northwestern's team prior to the start of the season. However, a few senior players reached out to tell him they were in need of a pitcher and asked if he'd be interested.
The fact Schultz had never pitched in his life, and the devastation he experienced when cut the first time, had little impact on his decision.
"What's the worst that could happen?" Schultz, a 32-year-old relief pitcher in camp with the Pirates who's recovering from Tommy John surgery, asked this week at LECOM Park. "I get cut again?"
So, Schultz put his sports journalism aspirations aside to give baseball one last shot, beginning a worldly journey that perhaps someday will lead him back to the dream and career he left behind.