I’ve hesitated to run this because I find the whole “bloggers talking about bloggers” thing a bit esoteric, but people keep asking me my opinion, so here goes nothing…
A while back, when I had the opportunity to chat with Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, he mentioned that he wouldn’t be against bringing bloggers into the press box. I learned via the Superfans message board that the Big Lead had some thoughts about this, so I gave my take. What follows is a cleaned-up version of those two posts.
Do I want to see bloggers in the press box? Well, if a particular blogger has demonstrated a certain level of professionalism and integrity with respect to their craft, then why not?
Do I want to be in the press box? Probably not, at least not in any capacity beyond adding it to my list of life experiences.
My work typically involves analyzing situations from a distance and trying to think along with the folks in charge, which doesn’t require the acquisition of choice quotes or other inside information. I’m also a fan who writes about baseball, and I like to cheer at ballgames. Being forced not to cheer would kill me.
I’m not one to say “never,” but press box access isn’t something I’ve actively sought. It’s been offered to me through various channels in the past and I’ve declined because I feel better positioned to serve my readers by remaining on the outside.
Getting back to the original question, I think it’s largely a non-issue. The first priority for folks blogging or doing anything else in life should be not to suck. Once you’ve got that nailed, the rest will take care of itself.