APN scribe exhilarated after covering the baseball
WELL, I'm exhausted.
But I' exhilarated at the same time.
That is because I just spent the best three days of my career at the baseball.
Not just any old baseball, the Major League Opening Series at the SCG.
I was one of thousands who was blown away by the amazing transformation of the hallowed cricket ground, into a world-class ballpark, in just 16 days.
I was blown away by the access us journalists had to the players.
You could pretty approach anyone, including $215 million Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, for a chat.
That just doesn't happen very often in NRL or AFL circles, where the rules regarding us media folk are a lot different.
Of course I was blown away by the amazing skill sets of the players, and the bullet-like precision of their arms.
But it was the sheer grandness of the event itself that had me put it No.1 at the top of sporting events I've covered - better than the 2012 State of Origin decider won in the dying minutes by a Cooper Cronk field goal, or the AFL grand final in the same year - a stupendous effort by the Sydney Swans in one of the great grand finals.
I've only been on the block covering professional sport for five minutes (two years) and the Americans sure know how to have fun at the big events.
That's why covering last year's US PGA at Oak Hill and the Opening Series, featuring the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, will never be forgotten by this sports reporter.
So now it's back to the relatively small-scale A-League, NRL, AFL and Super Rugby.
I hope we learnt a thing or two off how the Americans go about their business when it comes to entertaining the fans at the sport.
Enjoy the pictures!