The power-outage controversy at the Superbowl may live on, but the football season is over. which means it is time to turn to thoughts of spring, and baseball. Later this week,
What do they think about as they ready for their annual marathon road trips? Here's what we asked and what they said.
What does covering a professional baseball team as a beat writer entail as far as travel, filing, and organization ahead of time?
SULLY: I usually divide my year into three distinct parts: spring training (February-March); non-stop traveling (April-October); and get-to-know-your-couch-again time (November-January). I try to plan a month or so ahead most of the travel season. Changing plane tickets is so expensive now and your plans change sometimes. I don't enjoy flying, especially since the shoe bomber incident led to even longer security lines.
GONZO: There aren't many night games during spring training, so filing stories, blogs and videos aren't as stressful until the regular season starts when there are more night games.
SULLY: I do enjoy traveling, but wished teleporting was an option.
GONZO: Rest and organization is paramount. The season is long, and the days start early in spring training. It's extremely important to take care of any non-work-related business before spring training starts, such as getting your tax forms prepared. There aren't many things worse than forgetting to pack something when you're gone for an extended period, so preparation is important.
SULLY: Honestly, I'm not as organized as I'd like. Unlike Gonzo, I always bring my tax stuff to spring training and then put it off until I'm home and it's almost due. Writing on deadline so often over the years has turned me into a procrastinator. Or maybe I already was one and it made worse.
GONZO: Covering spring training in Arizona and covering a team in the Midwest is easy, in terms of travel, compared to those who drive great lengths in Florida during spring training and those who cover teams on the West coast during the regular season because of the constant time changes and the extra time it takes to recover from jet lag.
SULLY: It’s nice to leave the cold weather, but personally, I believe they should cut it in half. That won’t happen because there’s too much money to be made with the exhibition games, but it’s ridiculous to play a month of games just for the starters to stretch out and go six innings when the season opens. I love the way the
What are you looking forward to learning about the Sox and the Cubs once spring training begins?
GONZO: I'm curious to see what kind of presence the White Sox have with general manager
SULLY: Who is going to take the role vacated by
GONZO: The outgoing Glendale, AZ., mayor said recently that building Camelback Ranch was "a mistake." I'm wondering if fewer fans will come out to watch a team that is no better than a third-place team in the
SULLY: For a relatively young team like this, spring is an important time to bond. If the Cubs are lucky, this core can replicate the '67 team of Banks, Williams and Santo, which went 87-74 after a 103-loss season in '66. Doubtful, but something to shoot for.
What are you packing for your first extended road trip of the 2013 season?
GONZO: For spring training, I always pack clothes I can donate to charity. I've done this every year since 2006. I know people can insert their comment here about how sportswriters dress, but I know there's someone out there who could use a shirt or a sweatshirt at a very discounted rate.
SULLY: I’m a light packer and avoid checking bags whenever possible. I put most of my pre-flight focus into remembering to pack all the various plugs, chargers, USB cords and batteries for my laptop, smartphone, digital camera, video camera, digital recorder and
GONZO: The Sox's first regular season trip includes stops to Washington, DC, Cleveland and Toronto. I'll make sure the camera's batteries are fresh for the trip to D.C. I'll get some sleep in Cleveland and make sure to bring my passport, ski cap and walking shoes in Toronto. It will be cold in Toronto, but it's one of the better walking towns in the
SULLY: I don't put much thought into my clothes, which may seem obvious to anyone who has seen me in public. Clothes-wise, I'll let you know the day before I leave.