Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cubs Versus Dodgers

Today, the Chicago Cubs begin exhibition play against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The last time these two teams met, it didn't turn out well for the Cubs. The last time these teams met in the regular season, the Cubs won 3-1 and I was there from (way before) the beginning to the end.
As I have mentioned before, I was at Dodger Stadium to interview Rick Monday for an online piece I was writing for Global Traveler magazine. Armed with a Press Pass, I decided to make the most of it and venture all over the field (and the dugouts and the clubhouses and the pressbox).
Among the highlights was Lou Piniella's pre-game interview session. Piniella discussed Ken Griffey Junior reaching 500 HR's and then answered questions from everyone, including me!
As a (frustrated) freelance writer, is it okay for me to say how cool it was to be there? Aside from playing in the majors, this was about as great as it could be. I wasn't some kid (or strange 40 year old) shoving a ball into his face asking for a signature. I was on the major league beat...part of the culture. Hey, we're all professionals here!
Since I was on the field for about 3 hours, there are many stories to be told. During the baseball season, I plan on telling them. Hopefully, you will have as much fun reading them as I did being involved in them.
Lou Piniella and me (and other reporters) in the dugout at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA-June 2008.

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