A Day In The Life: Boston Globe's Peter Abraham At Spring Training
Covering Spring Training has become old hat for Boston Globe reporter PETER ABRAHAM, who is in his 10th season on the Red Sox beat and 17th overall, having also followed the Mets and Yankees. Abraham left a bitterly-cold Boston on Feb. 2 -- it was a balmy -2 degrees -- and arrived in sunny Fort Myers, where he’ll room with fellow Globe reporter NICK CAFARDO until March 26. Abraham recently walked THE DAILY through a day in the life on the Spring Training beat for the World Series champs and how he stays busy during his off-time.
6:15am: I wake up early when it’s a 1:00pm game. Nick and I have a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo here in Fort Myers about 10 minutes from JetBlue Park. I’ll have a little breakfast at the condo, maybe some cereal or a power bar. I’m not a coffee drinker at all -- I might have a Red Bull.
7:15am: I try to be in the press box to get things set up so we can be in the clubhouse by 8:00. I like getting there early to sort of set up my day and figure out what I want to do, outlining some ideas.
8:00am: We’re typically in the clubhouse for about an hour. We’ll get the manager on a game day, so we’ll talk to him and then the players are working out or taking batting practice.
10:00am: If I need to get somebody for my story, I’ll go back to the press box and get on the phone if I need to with a scout. In Spring Training we do a lot of stories about rookies or guys who are developing. You might go out and watch them work out and get a sense of what they’re doing. Off to the side you might talk to one of the associate coaches.
11:00am: I’ll go to the press box to do some writing, and then the clubhouse opens back up about 30 minutes after batting practice, so we’re working that. I’ll eat some lunch -- usually a sandwich or salad that I made back at the condo. The press box food is usually not that good.
1:00pm: Game time. In Spring Training the game’s result doesn’t matter all that much -- we’ll run a little box with the final score. We’re able to go into the clubhouse during the game, so when the starting pitcher or other starters come out, we go down there. A lot of those guys go home after they come out, so if you don’t get them then, you’re not going to get them. It’s kind of weird because you’re “covering the game” but then I usually only end up seeing the first four innings.
4:00pm: If it’s perfect I’m walking out after the last pitch within 20 minutes. If it’s a day game, and they’re at home, I’ll go back to the condo and try to get to the gym in the complex and spend an hour or so on the treadmill. I might go to the movies or if it’s an off day I’ll go to the driving range for a while to hit golf balls. I brought my own clubs one time but ended up not playing too much and it was just a hassle, so now I just rent.
6:00pm: The condo complex has gas grills and I typically like to fix some chicken for myself. Fort Myers is getting huge now so there are a bunch of different restaurants, but typically in Spring Training I just try to make something for myself. I know that’s not going to be the case once the season starts. We start with 11 straight on the road so we’ll be eating out a lot.
8:00pm: I start winding down. I tend to watch a lot of Netflix on my iPad. I’m watching “The Punisher” and “Billions” right now. I use HBO Go and the Showtime app a lot. I’m usually in the bed around 10:00 if we have an early start.
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