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This Is When The Job Is Really Fun

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I kind of regret seeing that, although I did see A-Rod pushing Cal to shortstop when the AL team took the field.

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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.

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This is when the job is really fun.