Spheroid: Ravings of a Rabid Cardinals Fan

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Our friend Marc over at Ravings of a Rabid Cardinals Fan might be the happiest person around Major League Baseball, considering what Albert Pujols did Sunday. Read to the bottom and you will understand why. Nine Questions for today’s featured Spheroid:

1.  Why do you blog?

I always have something to say after a Cardinals game — usually too much for my co-workers, my family and my fiancée (though she really does try!) to handle. When I discovered MLBlogs, I figured it was a good outlet for my rabid ravings and, if I was lucky, maybe some other baseball fanatics would actually read what I wrote instead of the courtesy smiles and nods I get from others who just don’t have the passion for baseball that I do. It is working well for me so far.

Aleagueoftheirown2. What was your favorite post?

That is a difficult question to answer about your own blog. I guess if I based my decision on the number of comments, my playoffs post about hating the Astros’ Crawford Boxes definitely drew a response, as you might imagine. But I personally like the one I wrote after Pujols silenced Minute Maid Park by nearly punching a Brad Lidge slider through the roof and sending the NLCS back to St. Louis. It reminded me of that scene in A League of Their Own where Jimmy Duggan pegs Stillwell with the glove. Classic.

3. What was your strangest blogging experience you’ve ever had?

I’d have to say it was on Opening Day, when John from Rays from across the Pond predicted Mulder’s HR. Wow.

4. Favorite blogs, including at least one MLBlog:

When I need facts or am in an overly techie mood, I read Viva el Birdos. Much of the time I think this guy is too depressing and needs to relax, but he does provide a lot of scientific information. He also gets a lot of good comments. Most of the time I stick with the upbeat and well-written blogs Party like it’s 1982 and It’s All in The Cards. Tiff and Christel are awesome people and certainly publish top-notch posts that any Cardinal fan, no matter how casual or how techie, will enjoy. Sometimes I read Cubs Blog because he has the quintessential "cynical Cubbie fan" tone when he writes. It makes me laugh.

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

I’d be spending more time on work and school (eek!) or talking everyone’s ear off about what’s happening in Cardinals baseball.

6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?

It looks like it’s booming to me. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. I think MLBlogs is great because not only do I get to talk about my favorite pastime, but I am also just a few clicks away from the blogs of fans for any team. It’s a good way to keep up with the leagues as a whole and you get all kinds of different personalities and perspectives. And, for the record, no I did not get paid to write this.

7. Favorite team and why?

In case the Rabid Cardinals Fan didn’t capture it, I am indeed a very passionate, ravenous follower of the STL Cardinals (they’re a baseball team). I suppose I am a Cardinals fan because my parents were Cardinals fans and we lived in STL for a little while. When I was 5, we moved to Central Illinois and I was thrust into the eternal war that has been waging here since theCentralillinois beginning of time between Cards fans and Cubs fans. They’re split evenly about 50-50. The lines are drawn year after year and it only gets bloodier. The ultimate insult came when my own brother defected to the enemy. Years of blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention ferocious smack-talking, are how I earned the distinction of "rabid." I am positive that someday in the heat of battle my heart will give out, but until then I will continue the good fight.

8. What is the one thing MLBloggers don’t know about you?

I am a robot. My 12 older brothers and sisters convinced me of this at a young age. Even my mom confirmed it once when she was really busy talking to someone on the phone. At first, I didn’t think she’d answer to my pestering, but eventually she did respond to my inquiry, stating, "Yes, honey, now leave me alone." I was heart-broken, but have made my peace with it over the years.

Rolen9. Happiness is . . .

An Albert Pujols home run. An amazing play by Scott Rolen. Stomping the Cubs. An uncatchable ball hauled in by a diving Jim Edmonds. A complete game by Carpenter. Marquis going 3-for-4 at the plate. Seeing the Cubs 20 games back. Sitting in old Busch in the Summer heat for the last time with the girl you love. Opening Busch III with a win. A World Series championship?

Want to be a featured Spheroid? Please just email your responses (feel free to attach a pic or two if you’d like) and you might be on deck. Hey, gang, here are nine new questions to mix this up a bit so please respond to these going forward:

1. Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
3. What is the last post you commented on and why?
4. What is your favorite team and why?
5. Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one MLBlog:
6. Last thing you bought at the MLB.com Shop:
7. Your most memorable Major League moment:
8. Let’s hear the elevator speech for why to see your MLBlog:
9. Happiness is . . .

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