Thanks for the patience after a week of elusive blogging. Now it’s off to college baseball for this blogger’s firstborn, and was fun to see a high school graduation again. Some random thoughts after a week taking in America and treasured moments:
- First of all, great to see so many new MLBlogs constantly popping up. Darryl’s Twins update is the latest one. We added “Rookies” to the homepage recently and hopefully you are helping to welcome the call-ups to The Show. And how does it get any better than seeing a Major League mascot blog? Welcome back to the Sphere, Raymond. How do you type with those big hands/paws/whatever?
- Catching up here for our friend Diane Firstman of Diamonds are for Humor. She was our MLBlogger of the Week on MLB Radio’s “Under the Lights” show
last Friday night, and you can now listen to the clip of her appearance
by clicking the drop-down menu under the Multimedia heading on the
MLBlogs.com homepage. Email us if you’d like to talk baseball and promote your MLBlog on future Friday nights.
- It’s going to get mighty confusing around here in the MLBlogosphere if Barry Bonds just keeps on going and threatens Hank Aaron for numero uno. What will you think of when MC Hammer blogs like he just did about Barry’s latest blast? What will Hammer Time mean? This post obviously showed how much No. 714 for Barry hit home with the former Oakland A’s batboy…site of all those wins by Rudi, Reggie, Catfish, Sal & Co.
- One of the coolest things heard on the radio while driving back to NYC from STL was all the attention the Reds’ broadcast team gives The Bad Boy Blog while they’re calling a typical Reds game on WLW 700-AM. Steve Stewart, who teams with Hall of Famer Marty Brennanman in that booth, talked about seeing sights while in Detroit, and again told all listeners to go to reds.com to see his pictures he snapped. It’s just another way that more and more people discover MLBlogs for the first time, and if you were in Recently Updated Weblogs at that time, then you could have been a direct beneficiary. It all trickles down, and again MLBlogs is the only place where you can blog and have it visible to many millions of baseball fans as a link on MLB.com, all 30 club sites, MiLB.com, MLBPlayers.com and other MLB.com affiliates.
So my high school grad won’t want this revealed, but that’s OK. He had a huge senior season at Ryan Howard’s alma mater, and in the first game of districts he had a chance to win the game with two out in the bottom of the seventh. First pitch is a classic home run swing that’s just under the fastball; that would have been No. 5 for him. Second pitch fouled out of play. Takes one for 1-2. Then he flies out to right, and suddenly the season’s over, off to Legion and college. The players meet, and my boy is crying, which he never does. I hug him, and he doesn’t say anything about the last at-bat opportunity. He just says between sobs: “Dad, this was the best bunch of guys ever.” That was one of the coolest things I ever heard him say. Remember how you felt when you suddenly realized that high school was over? (Red Sox Teen Nation, you’ll find out soon enough.) There’s something else to blog about — what graduations mean to you.
- A day before watching a graduation this past Sunday, your friendly neighborhood blogwatcher watched his 14-year-old hit his first ball out of a park on Saturday, which meant having to go chase down the ball near the trees 340 feet to left-center. He had hit three triples that just missed in the 8 am game, and this was the 10 am half of the doubleheader. The coach signed it with the distance and date for him to keep, and the next day the entrance for the 10-field facility had a big marquee sign that read in block letters: CONGRATULATIONS (SON’S NAME HERE), HOME RUN, U-14, FIELD 2. Funniest sight was him rounding second on his trot with both arms up in the air…you can get away with it when you’re 14 and not have to worry about getting plunked next AB. If you played, do you remember your first real homer?
- Be on the lookout for David Wright’s next MLBlog post, which could be in a Recently Updated Weblogs list near you in the next 24 hours. Especially eager to see if he decides on a name for his blog. You’ll recall that more than 650 people commented on his first post, so there were tons of suggestions. Getting it Wright is the working title.
- A handful of Spheroids are lined up, and thanks for the patience if yours is on deck, in the hole or somewhere in the batting order. Reminder that if you want to see previous Spheroids, just click the Spheroids category in this blog’s side panel so you’ll see only those. Thanks also to Reid and whoever else was liveblogging during this past week.
- So what are you blogging about now? Don’t forget to post a quickie comment here about your latest entry and include your URL so we can help get people over there. Tell Hammer what you thought of Barry’s shot that tied The Bambino, liveblog against someone and tell us about it, be a Spheroid, get on MLB Radio, comment on as many other MLBlogs as you can while leaving your URL, have your baseball blog seen by baseball fans. Life is good in the Sphere and out on the road. There are a lot of stars on the PA Turnpike at night, and here, too.