This is a good question, and I appreciate the compliments -- and also the criticism. It's something on my mind a lot and it was something I strived to do back when the clubhouses were open and access was different. Don't forget another team is playing, too. There have been times -- rare, yes -- when I've not gone to the Cardinals' clubhouse after a game, preferring instead to go to the other side of the field and get that story. There was a time a few years ago when the Cardinals weren't offering many answers, so I declined to attend a meeting with the manager because I could get more information about the Cardinals from their opponent.
This is trickier in the time of Zoom, as you can imagine.
As you can imagine running the game stories or coverage from the opposing team's beat writers is a trick of both copyright and space. Some gamers -- including ones the PD writes -- do go out on the wire and can be plucked. But others are written by entities that are our competition, and we don't want to give free ink to competition, as you can imagine.
I think it's something we all keep in mind, and you saw it in this morning's paper. Rick Hummel and Stu Durando had the idea that part of Sunday's game was the Reds, and it would be good to have a story in the morning paper from Cincinnati's perspective. Durando was able to get on the Reds' press conferences and provide a story that did strike at the opponents' view and offer that voice to the coverage. It's something that we always think is important, and yes should seek to keep a part of our coverage.