Let me start by saying this blog, however time-consuming, is actually a lot of fun.
When my boss first approached me about doing one this season, I was originally reluctant because I didn’t think readers would care about the insights of a first-year beat writer. Thousands of hits and hundreds of comments later, I apparently was wrong.
Better yet, because the appettite for constant information has forced me to pay attention to the team in such great detail, I feel like I’m a lot further along than I would be if I was just doing daily stories for the paper.
I mention this because we are “now embarking on a West Coast trip”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061027/SPORTS01/610270418/1046/SPORTS in which I’ll be following the team from……New York. I know, it’s hardly ideal, but for a variety of reasons, this is going to be the case with some road trips this year.
My advice? Stick with me. While there is no substitute for the musty smell of sweaty shin pads filling your nostrils, I am still going to be in constant contact with coaches, players, and team officials while they’re all out West, and I will continue to be providing updates throughout the day.
Furthermore, because there is such an interest in players in the system, I am going to use the opportunity next week to head to Hartford to check in with some Rangers prospects (and I don’t even have to clear waivers) and provide updates from there.
The point is that even if the Rangers have struggled through the early going, we’ve gotten off to a pretty good start here. As far as I can tell, there’s no reason we can’t keep it going.