NEW YORK — Looking back on it now, I’m still unsure as to why exactly I did it. But as I chronicled my day — Oct. 21, 2010 — it occurred to me that maybe all these Tweets together might help answer a question that I get a lot: What’s it like to chase a baseball team all over the country?
Well, here’s one version. In this case, the Yankees had just won Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, meaning that they had forced a Game 6 two days later in Arlington, Texas. As the Yankees were recording the final outs, I was in the press box scrambling to put the finishing touches on my travel arrangements.
Less than eight hours later, I was in the back seat of a cab headed to the airport.
The following is an accounting of the day, in dispatches that never exceeded 140 characters. I went back a few days later and copied the Tweets — unedited as you will see — into this blog. This way, I figured it would be easier to share:
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4:23 AM: Off to Laguardia for a 6 am to Dallas. Thinking of what to write for Friday’s paper. Open to suggestions.
4:35 AM: Receive text from fellow ball writer covering Phillies-Giants. Informs me it is 1:33 in the Bay Area. He’s drunk.
5:05 AM: Sitting here reading and sure enough, The Immortal @BryanHoch comes walking up. He calls me “blue.”
5:18 AM: I collect old caps. I like to wear them on the road. Today’s is an ’80s NL Umpire Cap. Already, I’ve been asked where I got it.
5:29 AM: One writer just flipped off another writer as boarding time was announced… for his direct flight. Lucky fella.
5:33 AM: Announcement about my flight. “We are looking into maintenance issues on your plan.” Meanwhile, another scribe shows up.
5:38 AM: Reading the morning papers. First stop as always: George King’s notebook.
5:41 AM: Boarding time. Tweet at you from the layover in DC.
5:49 AM: Good news, compliments 2 and 3 on my NL ump cap. Bad news, we’re told we’re changing airplanes after boarding.
6:01 AM: Reboarding complete. Time to text the girlfriend. She asks that I do whenever I fly. I couldn’t ask for a more understanding person.
7:46 AM: Stage 1 completed. Landed in DC. Used to live here, used to work here. Great town.
7:57 AM: Picked up a Washington Post, where I got my star as a ball writer covering the O’s. Did some Nats too. Saw hella losses.
8:08 AM: The Immortal @pcaldera just asked if I was the guy who blew the call in right field the other day. Well played, but wrong league.
8:19 AM: Potential crying baby alert two rows back. This could be disaster as this flight is my best chance at sleep today.
11:55 AM: Plane just landed here in Dallas. The crying baby, by the grace of God, hardly cried. Got some sleep. Chance for a good day.
11:56 AM: @pcaldera Wait, don’t all you guys fly on the team charter?
11:59 AM: Random thought as we de-plane — Craig Sager’s jackets vs. Jack McKeon’s sweater. Who wins?
12:11 PM: Claim bag, pick up rental, check into hotel, drive to ballpark, watch workout, work clubhouse, write. Somewhere in there, eat.
12:23 PM: The baggage claim isn’t even moving yet, always a good sign. In related news, US Airways is the Pittsburgh Pirates of aviation.
12:29 PM: Bumped into @LoHudYankees who came via Charlotte. Despite his awful shoes, he’s one of the hardest working scribes I’ve known.
1:56 PM: Yanks send RHP Andrew Shive and 2B Matt Cusick to Indians, the players to be named later in Kerry Wood trade.
1:57 PM: Spotted a Jack in the Box. Easiest decision of the day.
2:16 PM: Off to work, and by work I mean the ballpark, which never gets old. Tiring sometimes, but still cool every time.
2:48 PM: One scribe here likens the press box at Rangers Ballpark to a greenhouse. Pretty dead on.
3:31 PM: Yankees on the field, Girardi and Eppler watching from behind the backstop, Jeff Nelson watching alone in rf stands.
3:36 PM: Cashman watching from up behind backstop, on the phone. He’s probably not ordering a pizza.
4:11 PM: Teixeira says the warning track at Yankee Stadium is dangerous and should be replaced.
4:12 PM: Also revealed he was playing with a swollen right knee.
4:15 PM: Tex says tbe warning track is too hard; thought of it when Berkman hit the deck.
4:31 PM: Teixeira thinks compensating for toe injury led to other issues, including hamstring.
4:35 PM: Girardi says he Mo could be available for multiple innings, back to back if needed. And the Yankees have added another lefty to the bullpen.
4:36 PM: The second lefty? CC Sabathia. #AllHandsOnDeck
4:46 PM: Writing time.
5:00 PM: Some quick hitters from the Yankees’ recently concluded workout from the Republic of Texas.
5:02 PM: Forgot the link. Here we go: http://bit.ly/aWfiYT
5:06 PM: RT @Ledger_NYMets: I literally feel bad for A-Rod misusing the word “literally.”
5:21 PM: Our pal @eboland11 just asked for somebody to hand him a bag. I think he means to wrap a plastic one around his head. Thoughts?
7:10 PM One down, two to go.
7:26 PM: Two down. One to go.
8:10 PM: Three for three. Time to pack up and get out of here.
8:13 PM: Realize that the only NY writer remaining in here is @pcaldera . Good lord, where did the day go?
8:22 PM: Empty ballpark, tired. I bet cultural anthropologists don’t keep these hours!
8:55 PM: Just met our pal @NJ_StevePoliti at the hotel bar. Game’s on. Good times.
9:23 PM: Never had a martini til now. Overrated.
10:20 PM: Now switching to Scotch. BTW I liked that version of GBA. But I’m from the Bay and I’m biased.
11:19 PM: I love scotch, scotchy, scotch, scotch.
10:42 PM: Sipped my scotch and told @BryanHoch to shut his face.
10:48 PM: texted fellow scribe at Phillies-Giants. Same dude who texted me drunk when I got in cab today. “I’m drunk. Enjoy deadline b*tch.”
12:25 AM: wish i could drive. i’d go to jack in the box.
1:41AM: well, they’ve shut off the lights in the bar. Unreal.
2:04 AM: I think that’s ballgame. Time for my first bed sleep in… 40 hours? Sounds right.
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