Spheroid: The Coors Effect
Tom carries the torch for the Colorado Rockies with his MLBlog called The Coors Effect, which has a good effect on those who visit it. As a point or order, his Spheroid responses came before he was just graduated, so you might want to drop him a congrats and note that in his reference below to college days. We did manage to get this up while Brad Hawpe (above) and those Rockies are still on top in the National League West, although now it’s a deadlock with the hot Padres. Here are Nine Questions with today’s featured Spheroid:
1. Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?
I had a blog called "Tap the Rox" over on another space, but I wanted a place that would give me more exposure. It’s so cool to be able to put the official team logo and everything on my blog. Plus, at the time I signed up (and I’m fairly sure my blog is still the only one) there wasn’t a single blog on the MLBlogs community dedicated to covering the Rockies. Somebody had to fill that void.
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I’ve always loved to write, especially about sports. I’m just a casual fan and I don’t have any aspirations of being a sportswriter, but it’s a fun hobby.
3. What is the last post you commented on and why?
The last post I remember commenting on was one of Kellia’s posts over on her Byrnes Blog, a preview of the D’backs-Rockies series earlier. Just typical, friendly pre-game smack-talking.
4. What is your favorite team and why?
Anybody who’s read anything on my blog knows that my favorite team is the Colorado Rockies. It’s odd, since I’m from Tennessee, but of course there’s a story behind it. I lived in Durango, Colorado, in 1994; the house we lived in didn’t even get cable and about the only thing there was to do was listen to the Rockies games on the radio. I fell in love with the team then. Now, unfortunately, I’m 1,000 miles away from Coors Field and will be for the foreseeable future. I like the Cardinals, too . . . they’re kind of the "local" team here in west Tennessee and make a good team to cheer for whenever the Rockies are out of it. Hopefully, that won’t be any time soon.
5. Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one MLBlog:
I’m a political science major and, naturally, I’m a political junkie . . . I’ve always liked dailyKos, though I don’t necessarily always agree with their slant on things. I read Purple Row, another Rockies blog, every day as well. MLBlogs . . . well, my favorite, of course, is Coors Effect, but other than my own, I like the Byrnesie Blog as well as Inside the White Sox.
6. Last thing you bought at the MLB.com Shop:
I honestly haven’t bought anything yet. I’m a broke college student for 10 more days; on April 30 you can remove the "college student" part but not the "broke" part. I do have a cool Coors Field snow globe that I got off eBay, though. I really want a Brad Hawpe jersey.
7. Your most memorable Major League moment:
I was in the ballpark on May 1, 1991, the day Rickey Henderson broke the all-time stolen base record. It was an awesome experience; I was in the first grade at the time and my Mom got me out of school early to go to the game. We were still looking for a parking spot in the first inning and Rickey got on base and tried to steal second, but got thrown out. So I was that close to missing it, which I guess makes it all the more special.
Favorite Rockies moment: Well, I made it to a doubleheader at Coors a couple of years ago (May 1, 2004) and Brad Hawpe had just gotten called up. He homered in the night game. That was pretty cool. The Rockies haven’t had a lot of great moments, though.
8. Let’s hear your elevator speech for why to see your MLBlog:
Putting me on the spot, huh? There’s only one Rockies blog on the MLBlogosphere (as far as I know . . . usually the Rockies bloggers tell me if they’ve started a blog so I’ll link to them) so that’s reason enough. I try to update my blog every day though that’s gotten kind of hard lately with college graduation bearing down on me.
9. Happiness is . . .
A seat in the upper right-field section at Coors Field (nine bucks . . . I’m broke, remember?), watching the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains and the Rockies hit the ball all over the park. Oh yeah, with a Super Dog and a tall glass of Coors. Hopefully I’ll make it to Denver for a game this summer. Until then, there’s always MLB.TV.
Please join Tom at The Coors Effect this season, and email us with your responses to those (or any other) Nine Questions so we can promote your MLBlog. You can now click the Spheroids link as a category in the sidebar of this community blog, so that you can see all past Spheroids only. If you’ve emailed and your Spheroid hasn’t appeared yet, then you’re probably a Mets fan and we’re trying to spread the love so hang in there. 🙂