Spheroid: Red Sox Chick

The Boston Red Sox will try to end a one-year drought of world championships when the regular season opens several days from now, and Red Sox Chick is among those who can’t wait for it all to start again. Nine Questions from the MLBlogosphere for Cyn Donnelly:

Cyn1. Why do you blog?

I enjoy writing and I love baseball, but sometimes my passion for baseball drives those around me a little crazy, so when I discovered MLBlogs, I figured it would be a good outlet for me to write about how I felt about the things going on with the team, without talking everyone’s ears off. I naively thought it would be read only by me and a handful of other people.

(Editor’s Note: Cyn’s the one on the left of those redshirts in today’s Stolen Photo and it doesn’t look like she’s driving anyone crazy.)

2. What was your favorite post?

That’s a tough one. Probably Rewind. I had been having a bit of writer’s block and wrote about my ten favorite baseball moments of all time (that I had been around to witness). It was (and actually still is) the most thought out entry I’ve written…even though I’m not usually a fan of long-winded posts. It took me over three hours to write and research the whole piece and I had a lot of fun with it.

3. What is the strangest blogging experience you’ve ever had?

During the 2005 ALCS and World Series I wrote some negative things about the White Sox (okay, I wrote a lot of negative things about the White Sox…) and the fans just hammered me — not only in the comments section but in email as well. I had one person who emailed me almost every day wanting to know if the reason I hated the White Sox so much was because they were the ORIGINAL Sox. Then that same person tried to convince me he was A.J. Pierzynski’s brother. And that was probably the most sane email I received from a White Sox fan.

4. Favorite blogs, including at least one at MLBlogs:

Outside MLBlogs, Surviving Grady is my favorite. Fire Joe Morgan is a good one too. I tend to prefer blogs that have a humorous tone to them. I enjoy reading Down the Left Field Line: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes, on MLBlogs. I’m in awe of Kellia’s devotion to Eric Byrnes and of her baseball knowledge, and because I’m a fantasy baseball idiot, I look to Baseball Geeks to get a better understanding of it. I also have a lot of friends who blog and I link them on my blog. Thanks to an RSS reader, I read everyone’s blogs first thing in the morning, usually just after I post on my own.

Bronson_15. What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?

I’d probably be meeting the man of my dreams if I actually left the computer for more than a couple of hours a day.

6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?

People who blog about sports do so because they LOVE sports. Unlike many sports writers, who only write about it because they’re getting PAID to do so, so you get a different tone from them. It’s amazing how much of my sports news I get from blogs now instead of the traditional media outlets.  There are a lot of blogs (mine included) that focus on opinion, but I’m seeing a trend where there are a lot more intelligent folks out there starting blogs to inform and stir up discussions (as opposed to just stirring the pot as they do in the Boston sports media).

7. Favorite team and why?

The Boston Red Sox. I was born a Red Sox fan. Fenway Park was the spot of my parents’ first date. They would have sold me for food money if I chose another team — it was never an option. In the mid-seventies, I fell in love with Fred Lynn AND the Red Sox, and it’s been that way ever since.

8. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

There are a lot of things…hmmm, let’s keep this baseball-related: I’m a huge Jason Giambi fan (God help me!). I excuse it with the knowledge that I was a fan of his before he donned the pinstripes (this wins me no friends in Red Sox Nation, I’ll tell you that!).

9. Happiness is…

(We’ll keep this baseball-related too!) Knowing that my 71 year-old father will enjoy every Red Sox game he watches for the rest of his life — without any of the stress that used to go along with it, because when they won it all in ’04, that was good enough for him.


Feel free to send your own responses to those nine questions (or any other questions) to mlblogosphere@yahoo.com and we will continue to highlight Spheroids like you.


What Cyn wrote about her father was very touching and probably applies to a lot of senior Red Sox fans, and senior White Sox fans also.

Interesting stuff, Cyn. Can’t say I agree with you about Giambi, though. 🙂

Mark, I just laughed out loud at your placement of the Bronson picture! (which, incidentally, was taken just for me this year at Spring Training by my friend Lynn, sitting next to me in that first picture you ‘stole’).


Cyn’s blogs are normally the first blog I look for when I log on.. even though it’s a Red Sox blog /grin


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