Spheroid: Dispatches from Red Sox Teen Nation
Everyone can wish a Happy Sweet 16th Birthday to Arielle over at Dispatches from Red Sox Teen Nation, and that includes you Yankee bloggers. Nine Questions with today’s featured Spheroid:
1. Why do you blog?
My goal is to be a sportswriter, particularly writing about baseball. I’m 16 years old and I live in a very small suburb of Boston, so there aren’t a lot of outlets for me to write for. This blog provides a great space for me to practice writing, get feedback on what I say, and think outloud. My family is probably very pleased that I’m not bothering them with my 24/7 stream of baseball talk.
2. What was your favorite post?
My favorite post is Just Shoot Me Now. It talks about spoiled athletes, which is one of my favorite subjects. It was written in anger shortly after Vinatieri bolted to the Colts, but I think it turned out really well. Judging from the six comments, I think readers liked it as well.
3. What was your strangest blogging experience?
My cousin actually got sort of famous off of a blog once. He made appearances on both the Today show and the Tonight Show last summer because he said that steroids were good for baseball. What makes it really weird is that he is actually a very quiet kid and we barely ever hear much out of him. I guess the one time he decided to open his mouth was a good time to do it.
4. Favorite blogs, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere:
I really enjoy Red Sox Chick and Brownie Points. I find it very cool that I get to talk to writers like Ian Browne because for me, him, Mark Feinsand, and their many colleagues are the people I look up to as a writer. I also really enjoy Call of the Green Monster, which is a Red Sox parody type blog. It is very unique and funny.
5. What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Homework. I seem to have been doing less homework since I started my blog. At least I’m doing something productive.
6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
I think it is destroying the newspaper industry. Other than that, it is really becoming a great forum for the average fan to express themselves. I was worried that it would start filling up with people who write incoherently and really have nothing interesting to say, but I have found none of that.
7. What is your favorite team and why?
Boston Red Sox. Why? I love that dirty water. Actually, like many Sox fans, I was born and raised as a member of Red Sox Nation. It’s in
my blood. The other thing I like about the Sox is that they have a story. They continuously, year after year, decade after decade take your heart and break it into pieces, then sew it back up again only to do the same a few months later. They never do what is expected. The Red Sox, no matter what the name on the back of the uniform is, are always a surprise. Also, the rivalry with the Yankees is so much fun.
8. What is one thing people here don’t know about you?
I don’t keep many secrets. I have an extremely limited diet and cannot eat any dairy. Try to find food without any dairy at all and attempt to live without it for two weeks. It is nearly impossible.
9. Happiness is . . .
Walking on Yawkey Way 20 minutes before a Red Sox home game. It’s like a carnival. There are men on stilts, hot peanuts and sausages cooking in the open air, stiff tickets in hand, happy fans, not the extreme amount of drunks found in Fenway by the third inning, good music, live interviews . . . overall it is just a great baseball atmosphere. Plus the Sox are never losing yet.