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Terry Pluto on things he is thankful for
Getting to do the work he loves where he was born and raised is among them

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Terry Pluto talks with us each Wednesday about sports
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Author and Cleveland Plain Dealer Sports Columnist Terry Pluto has the Holidays on his mind, and he joins our Tim Rudell to talk sports on WKSU.

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It’s that thankful time of year for Terry Pluto. And top of the list is the fact that he’s been in the sports media business for the better part of 40 years “even if it seems kind of upside down and changed” these days.

 His father worked his way from laborer to day-time supervisor at Fisher Fazio’s grocery warehouse, and Pluto went to work there for four years. It was mind-numbingly routine. “I remember these guys going out: … You build your pallet, you finish that slip you take it over, they load it onto the truck; now your pallet’s empty, and guess what? They hand you a new order slip, and you build it for the next store. That was their day.”

 Except when they took breaks. “The guys would smoke and talk about sports, and they’d be sitting there with the Plain Dealer … and at that point I … thought, ‘It would be so cool if they talked about my stories like this one day.’ And to this day, when I am writing I often think about my father, and the guys at the warehouse of a company that doesn’t exist anymore.”

Pluto says the media world is change, but adding up all of the hits and viewers from various media, “We are read more than ever.  Like with just the PD podcast; we know it gets about 8-10,000 hits.”

 One thing that hasn’t changed though is the fans. “I still am amazed at the passion of Northeast Ohio fans for their teams. … The Browns, the Cavs; the Indians, thank goodness, gave us something last year.  … but especially those (fans) out of state can’t get enough of it” even when teams are dismal.

“And I am thankful for that. … I’m blessed that readers for so long have taken me in with their breakfast.”

 He remembers a time back in the 1970s, when he was a young baseball writer, complaining about the travel schedule. His dad’s reply was simple and stayed with him: “You get paid to go to ballgames.’

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