CHICAGO - As big-league sports become increasingly lucrative and expensive, the sportswriter perk of a prime seat in the press box behind home plate (or near center court, or the 50-yard-line) is becoming less of a certainty.
At Comiskey Park -- called U.S. Cellular Field these days -- the press box has been moved from spacious quarters on the second level directly behind home plate to the fourth level down the right field line.
At Timberwolves games, most of the press has been moved to what used to be auxiliary press seating, and the Chicago Bears ensconse writers high in a corner of the stadium.
At Comiskey, I actually like the new seats. Friday, I sat opposite the green space between Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. It was a beautiful day, the windows were open so you could hear the organ and the fans, and watching baseball from a different angle can be invigorating.
Baseball from behind home plate looks static, and easy. Sit farther down the foul line, and you are reminded of the distance a home run travels, of the angles an outfielder must take to track down a fly, of the way throws bend like beams of light passing through water.
It's a harder game than it looks on TV, or from behind home plate.