So, this is the last game of a three game stretch for the Mets and Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. I have to say, what a trip. What started out, for this Baseball Scribe, in Camden, New Jersey than a stint to see The Sandcastle in Atlantic City to Citizens Bank Park, it was awesome.
I’ve been asked many times by friends, fellow workers, etc., how do I do this whole baseball writing thing?
The answer is simple: I love baseball.
At MLBlogs on MLB.com, we have the opportunity to write about the game, that the normal fan just cheers about. This is also a one-man show. I don’t have people following me around, but back at MLB.com we do have Jacob "The Editorial Master" Wilson and Mark "The Baseball Usher" Newman, our "baseball ushers" as we call them, that look over our writing and promote what we do. With out them, we wouldn’t be given the opportunities that we’re given.
To put a story together, I usually travel with my Dell laptop, which has a wireless hookup, a digital camera with a memory card and USB hookup, that fits in my front pocket. Of course, my notebook, official game notes from MLB PressPass and a MP3 player to listen to the tunes, when there is downtime. When I take the pictures, I then download them to my laptop and crop and fix them up a bit.
My stories come from the fans. We at MLBlogs are the fans, write for the fans, promote for the fans. We are the middle-man for the beat writer and fan. We want to know the fans feelings on the game? Why they love it?
Being at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, the fans both Mets and Phillies, were in full force. My photo expedition that I have posted, began at Ashburn Alley, until I reached the bullpen. From there, I just began to shoot away. Many people were wondering what I was doing, so if they asked, I told them what I do. Their ears began to perk up and an interest began to form.
They asked: "Why aren’t you in the pressbox?"
I have business cards made up, with my links at MLB and all, so I enjoy handing them out. Besides myself, SNY was on hand at the bullpen and we both got down to business. My Dad was with me on this trip, which was a Father’s Day treat for him, and he was at the bullpen also and said about Mets Reliever Chad Bradford: "boy, he’s throwing heat." Also, I wanted to meet Greg "The Bull" Luzinski, but he wasn’t at the park. The food is great that he promotes and Ashburn Alley is awesome.
The homerun balls, if the Mets hit one, were automatically thrown back on the field. A kid, four seats from me, took the ball he caught and threw it right over Bobby Abreu’s head, with the second base umpire calling the game for a minute. Abreu, also was caught off-guard and I think surprised. But, this is baseball and the reason why we do, what we do.
Until the next time, see ya at the park.