The rain delay we’ve been waiting for at Wrigley Field is here. It took the grounds crew 57 seconds to put the tarp out. That’s impressive.
Is that a grounds crew or a pit crew?
Hey, when you travel with the team, do you have to get press credentials at every stop along the way, or do you get some sort of Mets beat writer super pass that gets you into all the games? And what are the press boxes like? I assume they’re some sort of long counters like you see on TV, but are they all wireless internet now? Or is it different things at different parks?
I know you probably don’t travel with the team, so I assume you make all your own arrangements—flights, hotels, etc. How much of a hassle is that?
And even if you don’t have time to answer all these silly questions, I do appreciate the time you’ve taken in the past to respond to other comments. I really enjoy your work!
Thanks so much for your kind words and taking the time to read and write.
I have a card issued by the Baseball Writers Association of America that gets me into every park in the major leagues at any time. So, if I were in Pittsburgh and wanted to see a Pirates-Brewers game (yeah, that’s a sign of having no life) I could just walk in. The postseason is different and reservations have to be made.
The press boxes are like you see on TV. It’s cramped in a lot of the older parks, like Wrigley and Fenway. All the parks have either wireless or ethernet access. The biggest press box hassle is trying to get a regular phone to transmit text to our computer.
I do book my own hotels and flights. It can be a hassle, but I make all the hotel reservations when the schedule comes out, which is almost a year in advance.
Flights I have to wait on because they charge my credit card right away. I usually like to book two weeks to a month out.
Hope this answers your questions.
Take care, John
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