Around 12:45 this morning I made it home after having a couple of hours in the car to reflect on a pretty eventful day. I suppose it's possible I'll have more to say on the topic some other time, but before I go to bed I wanted to pass this handful of things along:
- In the car I decided the game story I'd written wasn't as good as it could be, so I rewrote it once I got home. Scroll down to check out the new version, if you're so inclined.
- Today was more of a learning experience than anything else: I got the opportunity to see what it's like to work in the press box, and perhaps more importantly the challenge of gathering quotes quickly and efficiently afterwards. I know this trip didn't produce a lot in terms of site content, but I did learn a fair amount that will make me more productive next time. (I need, for example, to invest in a voice recorder.)
- After watching the postgame scramble for quotes, I've gained a few ounces of respect for reporters that work on deadlines. Even though I wasn't allowed in the clubhouse, I was only back in the press box a few minutes ahead of several other reporters who had to run in, get a quote, and rush to beat their deadline. I'm fortunate that, if I eventually get clubhouse access, deadlines won't be an issue for me.
- I had some interesting and helpful conversations with several people: Thanks to J.R. Radcliffe, Jordan Schelling, Doug Russell and Howie Magner for taking the time to chat with me and occasionally make sure I was still headed in the right direction.
- And, of course, thanks to John Steinmiller and the Brewers for giving me the opportunity to experience this first hand. Hopefully it'll be the first of many such opportunities.