FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the reasons I was eager to pinch-hit alongside colleague Gordon Edes for a few days on our Red Sox coverage was the opportunity to be exposed to how reporters cover a different sport. I also thought it would be interesting to see what type of differences there were, from a media perspective, between football and baseball.
One day in, the main thing that stands out is access.
In baseball, reporters have a lot of it.
We started Thursday at 8 a.m. with an hour in the clubhouse. At 9:30, Red Sox manager Terry Francona met with reporters for about 20 minutes in the third-base dugout. Soon after that, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez held court with reporters in the first-base dugout. Shortly after 11, the Sox clubhouse was open again until noon.