— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 29, 2014
Here’s why longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel baseball writer Tom Haudricourt gets reserved parking at Miller Park, home of the Brewers:
“Tom is recovering from a horrific compound right leg fracture, suffered 3 months ago, which led to a lengthy hospital stay,” Milwaukee sports journalist Drew Olson writes in an email. “It came as he was battling back from almost a year-long foot surgery ordeal on the same side. Poor bastard has been on crutches or totally immobile most of the past year with the finish line still months away.”
Brewers gave him the parking spot as a courtesy because the media lot is quite a hike from South Dock entrance — even for “healthy” people. Tom can’t drive, so he has a friend’s teenage son driving him to the park each day and carrying his bags, etc. Kid did it last summer, too and is getting a good lesson in the life of a hobbled ball writer. He’s also being paid by Tom.
Haudricourt tells Romenesko readers: “I really don’t want to make a big deal of it. …it’s no act of bravado or anything like that. All I do is watch and I can do that with a cast on my foot.”
Olson, an ex-Journal Sentinel reporter who is now with ESPN radio, says his friend and former colleague “is going crazy from his ordeal but won’t stop covering games — sometimes against medical advice — because he is a dedicated pro and wouldn’t know what else to do with himself.”
Update: Someone parked in Haudricourt’s space on Opening Day, reports Olson.