Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Glad SoSG Didn't Ask For Australia MLB Press Credentials

...because it looks like press access is pretty limited in Sydney, anyway. Or so opined the LAT's Steve Dilbeck, who took the opportunity to throw in every Australia reference he knows, short of Men At Work song lyrics:

So the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are in Australia to promote baseball as international sport. Guess that’s swell, though making it part of the regular season seems a hellacious idea.

But if Major League Baseball wants this pair of games to actually spur interest and grow the game Down Under, you would think they’d make it as media friendly as possible.

Instead of the opposite, which is more like what they’re doing.

Unlike every other regular season game, the media are not allowed in the clubhouses prior to a game in Sydney. Neither are they allowed in after the game. They have no clubhouse access at all.

Play your didgeridoo to that, mate.

MLB said the clubhouses at the Sydney Cricket Ground are just too small, which seems strange, since they were specially built for this series. And it’s hard to believe they could be any smaller than the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where players are not allowed to all inhale at once.

Media coverage will be carefully orchestrated. A MLB spokesman said postgame a half a dozen players will be brought into an interview room. And then there will be the dreaded “mixed zone” outside the clubhouse, where players will stand behind fences and talk to a crush of media. That’s if they feel like coming out.

News organizations spending thousands of dollars to cover these two games better hope their readers/views like plenty of color. You could capture most of that watching on television in your PJs. You know, like most bloggers. And there are fewer than a dozen media members from the U.S. in Sydney.

Sounds like someone didn't get much sleep under the special blue lights. Well, press access or not, we Sons will be there in Sydney, reporting as sarcastically as we can anyway.


Hideo Nomo said...

It'll be nice to read coverage by someone not bitching about everything.

We are, technically, the only blog there, right?

Fred's Brim said...

Something tells me Eric Stephen will still manage to get any scoops

Steve Sax said...

We Sons however will be getting scoops of ice cream