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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.
Ok, now I'm off to bed.