I’ve been a journalist for 13-plus years now, and I’ve seen a lot, been to a lot of games, stadiums and events, traveled the country for work, interviewed some big names in the sports world and had a blast all along the way.â†µ
Nights like this one in Phoenix, man, this is why I got into the business in the first place and why I’m lucky to do what I do.â†µ
Yes, I’m under a roof with air conditioning blowing in my face and the environment is somewhat artificial. But I’m sitting in left field watching my second All-Star Game. I could only have imagined such things back in the day.â†µ
Times have certainly changed. I’m watching the game and tweeting and keeping score — OK well the keeping score part has never changed. I do that 95 percent of the time at baseball games.â†µ
In 2001 in Seattle, I missed a good chunk of the game chasing down an interview that turned into just a notebook item in the Seattle Times. I did see Tommy Lasorda fall down but missed Cal Ripken’s home run live, saw it on TV in the club level.â†µ
I kind of regret seeing that, although I did see A-Rod pushing Cal to shortstop when the AL team took the field.â†µ
This time, I’m catching every minute, every pitch, every everything. Gotta savor these moments, they are few and far between. Thank goodness I don’t have to chase anything down for a deadline tonight, and I can sit down and watch the stars do their thing.â†µ
This is when the job is really fun.