Spheroid: Diamonds are for Humor


Welcome to the Birthday Blogging Bash here at MLBlogs. It was on April 18 of last year that Tommy Lasorda started it all with his post about Jackie Robinson, and that same month Diane Firstman became one of the first fans to create an MLBlog. Here is how she welcomed others then to her new blog, Diamonds are for Humor:

This weblog is my online baseball humor/rant/rave journal. You’ll find my opinions on a variety of national pastime topics as well as links to other things on the web that I find interesting. When the spirit moves me, I may also include longer essays, and may throw in some rants/raves regarding those "other" sports. But mostly, I hope it entertains. . . .

It has been an entertaining and collossally fun first year of MLBlogging, and that blog has been joined by many, many more in a fast-growing community. It seemed like a good time to featured Diane as today’s Spheroid, so on with the questions:

1. Why do you blog?

I’ve always been considered a talented creative writer, and I think I have an interesting (some would say "nicely warped") perspective on the world. I’ve done some stand-up comedy in the past, and the creative juices still need an outlet. I also enjoy the recognition and positive feedback.

2. What was your favorite post?

Well, I was a big part of Zack Hample’s Sept. 29, 2005, self-described "greatest baseball day", and I really enjoyed his post recapping of the day’s events. As far as my own blog goes, I’m kind of partial to my Top Ten List: Why Theo REALLY left.

It was an idea that came to fruition very quickly, and it received a lot of nice private comments.


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

Having people write to me after reading about me in Zack’s blog. It was kind of a "6 degrees of separation" feeling.

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

Baseball Toaster is a collection of baseball blogs from across America, including one written by Will Carroll. On MLBlogs, I always check out The Baseball Collector to see what Zack is up to. I also like Kellia’s obsession with Eric Byrnes and Will Carroll’s attempt to reinvent his body over at The Year of Living Chemically.

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

Hmmm . . . probably go to more movies and stop spending so much time on the computer. I’d still stay active in baseball research (as a member of SABR).

6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?

The "bells and whistles" of the newly-introduced widgets are going to make a good site into even a better site. There are so many rabid fans/creative voices out there. Its a wonderful way to interact on our beloved pastime.

Mets7. Favorite team and why?

My dad raised me on the Yankees, but we actually lived two blocks from the 7 train (and therefore 15 minutes from Shea Stadium). These days I root for the Mets, because I can’t stand what the $200 million payroll team has done to the economic landscape of the game.

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

I am a nationally ranked tournament Scrabble player (top 200 in the country currently).

9. Happiness is . . .

A box seat on a sunny day with a soda and a hot dog. More generally, happiness is knowing that something you did made someone else happy.

Bonus question: Why did you choose MLBlogs?

Coincidentally, in mid-April of 2005, I set out to create a baseball humor/stats/commentary blog on Live Journal. Two days later, MLB launched its blogs, and I knew that I wanted the "authenticity" that comes with the MLBlogs.com URL. Posting on MLB.com‘s blog site also meant that many like-minded people would see it without having to wade through a lot of non-baseball blogs. TypePad is a great package to blog with, and the interface is pretty smooth and user-friendly.

Enjoy the Birthday Blogging Bash all day and night Tuesday as we feature MLB personalities and fans alike who all share in blogging baseball. Please email your responses to the questions at the end of the post below this one if you’d like to be a featured Spheroid!



I made a cake for the celebration- enjoy!!!




yay! happy birthday MLBlogs! Nice pic Mark. I really enjoy these features on the bloggers…gives us a better understanding of everyone here.



Woo! Happy birthday, MLBlogs, and hello to Diane! Thanks for the shout-out. I’m honored to have been behind your strangest blogging experience. Just came back from a great day at Shea, and I’m about to start writing it up. I knew about the Scrabble thing, but of course I’m not “most people.” 🙂

Love ya.

Keep bloggin’.

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