As former high school baseball players whose dreams reached beyond the dirt of the diamond, Paul Fritschner and Steve Miller are embarking on a joint media venture, documenting their journeys from the dugout to the pressbox.
Steve Miller has long been a fan of the Miami Marlins and melds his passion for sports and journalism in order to practice the social skills his engineering discipline won’t let him develop. He is the Sports Editor at the University of Dayton’s Flyer News and has been blogging since 2011.
Paul Fritschner is the 6’3″, blonde-haired, blue-eyed budding broadcaster. When he’s not shagging foul balls outside Pfitzner Stadium, he’s calling games for Xavier University and the Alexandria Aces.
If Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School were any richer, Paul and Steve would have met on the top step of the dugout. Instead, it was between an aluminum bench and a chain-link fence way too high to hop in the event of the walk-off that never came in their years of high school baseball.
Glamorized, the top step of the dugout is where discussions and analysis among players and coaches is most prevalent and influential. It’s where the leadoff batter, after returning to the dugout, will inform the cleanup hitter the kind of movement the pitcher has on his fastball. It’s where the the manager will signal across the diamond to the third base coach to relay a hit-and-run play to the batter. It’s where the starting pitchers who are not in the game chill out and make fun of their teammate on the hill. It’s the Fertile Crescent of baseball knowledge and it’s a fitting name for a site and podcast where Paul and Steve discuss all things baseball. So it’s our hope that you, as potential readers and listeners, will learn something on The Top Step and take part in the fun and relaxing tradition of baseball.