We're still more than 72 hours away from the first pitch of the 2006 baseball season, but my work will begin in earnest on Sunday afternoon when both the Reds and Cubs take the field for their pre-Opening Day workouts at Great American Ball Park.
My task on Sunday will be to uncover any last-minute news tidbits for each team as they prepare to open the season and craft a notebook for each club's MLB.com site.
On Monday, I'll be assigned to cover the Opening Day festivities ranging from the Findlay Market Parade to George W. Bush's first pitch. First-year Reds.com beat writer Mark Sheldon, formally of the Twins, will take up the game coverage.
Beginning Friday, I'll step in for Pirates.com reporter Ed Eagle, who's not making the trip, and cover the Bucs during their weekend series with the Reds at Great American.
As always, look for my Reds coverage in the Downtowner Newspaper and MLB.com.
I'd like to invite you along as we stroll through the 2006 season. Hopefully, via this blog, I can paint a picture of the season and give you some insight into the day-to-day goings on.
Perhaps I can offer a little different perspective through the eyes of a freelance reporter.
Win or lose, there's always news. Should be fun. Play ball!