Different times at different sports
Well, that didn’t go too badly, did it?
A very nice break for me, think the stuff turned out okay, I wasn’t nervous or anything and I got a few days in a brilliant city watching good games in a great little ballpark.
And, since some of you have asked, there are some differences between the regular gig and the borrowed one.
Night games that could go forever since the object of the game is to never get out and that means a top of the first could conceivably last forever. I got lucky in this series, the long game was a day game, the Tuesday night flew by and even with the rain delay Wednesday, there was still time to file. But I’ve covered series where every game was a 3 1-2 hour marathon and they can be mind-numbing.
Love ‘em in the hoops, love ‘em at the ball yard. Nothing better than the freedom to really watch, not worry that much about deadline and if it’s a nice day out? Heaven.
Yes, you need to get to the park at 3 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game and you spend an awful lot of time sitting around the dugout or standing around the clubhouse just watching guys watching TV, reading or playing dominos.
Yes, it’s an exciting as it sounds.
Yes, you get to the park at 3 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game but you spend a lot of time sitting around the dugout and sitting around a major league dugout, looking out over the grass, telling stories with whoever’s around isn’t a bad way to spend an hour or so.
Game ends, writing begins, socializing follows and there’s still that pesky 6 a.m. wakeup call for the blog. Oh, wait. That’s exactly the same as the hoops. Never mind.
Not once are you going to hear loud, relatively indecipherable music booming out of the speakers while the actual game is being played.
I love it.
Yes, they have a bataround but it’s not until after 5 p.m. and that makes the post-blog mornings drag forever. Sure, shootarounds are boring and don’t generally yield much of consequence but it’s a reason to drag one’s sorry butt out of the room.
You know what it felt like to go to a city for three days? No back-to-backs that requires stupidly early flights and, as you well know, the more time you can spend out of airports or out of the clutches of Air Canada, the better off you are.
Yeah, we get to sit behind home plate and that’s great but we are sooooo far removed from the action, it takes a guy like me a little getting used to.
Now, all I knew about a slider or curve when I played was that I couldn’t hit one, or even figure out when one was coming and that was standing in the batter’s box. Sitting up high, with a somewhat skewed view of the pitch, I can barely tell what’s what.
And you really miss the byplay that goes on between teammates, opponents, players and officials.
Yeah, there’s some basketball.
Not sure how much you’ve been following this but there’s all kinds of financial disputes going on about how much money the NBA teams have actually lost.
Disputes over accounting practices, financial figures and total losses in a labour dispute that’s now in a lockout over money?
Who’d a’thunk it.
If I were you, and for some of you I’m quite glad I’m not since you seem quite angry at the world (and me), I’d take every word written about the money matters in this dispute with a grain of salt.
I don’t think there’s a dispute that some teams lost money and it could be that the majority of them did. But how much does it really matter?
I don’t know what to believe and the numbers are so staggering -- $300 million in losses, $500 million in give-backs, $2 billion in salaries – it’s in an other-worldly realm that truly makes my eyes go blank.
Hey, you folks did great in the first mail call, lots of interesting rather off-the-wall stuff to do. Here’s one more kick at the can.
Oh yeah, Mighty Rockies move to 10-2-1 with a glorious victory, or so I’m told.
One team I care about had a good night at the park.
Caught of you by surprise with the in-game tweet thing, didn’t I?
Caught me a bit unawares, too, when I was asked to do it a few hours before tip-off, er, I mean first pitch.
Anyway, think it went all right but, believe it or not, it wasn’t nearly as inter-active as I’d like, or we’ve done in the IGBT during HOTH games so I think maybe I’ll suggest we go back to that the next time, which will be later this month when I do a baseball series at home against Texas.
Like to hear what you think, though, so I can take it to the tall foreheads.
Here’s one thing to think about with the Raptors if, as expected, this lockout drags into the late part of August.
Which player might be the guy to arrange workouts for he and his teammates?
I wonder, actually, if that guy exists?
On some teams, it’ll be the old grizzled veteran who puts together a weekend- or week-long get together for the majority of his team and the harsh truth is, the Raptors don’t have that guy.
Sure, DeRozan and maybe Sonny (who is likely leaving) and Ed Davis might get together and hang out (Amir’s coming off surgery or he’d be the fourth Mousketeer) but as for the one guy who’ll host a session for the majority of the team?
There isn’t one.
Not that it’s hugely critical to whatever happens next season but it’s a nice thing for a team to do when there’s nothing that can be arranged by the franchise and it speaks a bit to where this roster is and one of its needs.
So, what’s next?
Wonder if Zelk would mind if I poached some Argos?
Practices are like a home game for me, about a three-minute drive from Casa Doug and I can make a mess of that sport, too.
All right, longish travel day ahead, I’ll get to the comments when I can. Enjoy the day.