Spheroid: My Life According to Baseball


While all of the attention has been on the Tigers and White Sox atop the tough American League Central this season, Torii Hunter and those Twins have been quietly streaking back to .500 with a nucleus of young talent and the prospect of a brand-new outdoor ballpark looming after this decade is through. If you are a Twins fan, then that is Nick and that is My Life According to Baseball. Here are Nine Questions with today’s featured Spheroid:

Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?

I had been following MLBlogs from the beginning when I found Zack’s blog, The Baseball Collector. I followed his blog pretty regularly until I decided to start my own a few weeks ago.

What is your favorite team and why?

The Minnesota Twins, hands down. Being from Minneapolis, the Twins took over my life from the beginning. Since I was too young to remember first-hand what the 1991 World Series was like, I spent 2002-2004 in heaven when the Twins won the AL Central three years in a row. Since the Baltimore Orioles are the closest American League team to me, I go to every game when the Twins are in Baltimore. Lucky for me, the Twinkies are visiting twice this year which mean I will have six great times in Baltimore.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing about blogging is definitely the connections and friendships born through the common love of baseball. The network of fans is very strong over at The Baseball Collector’s blog, as I’m sure it is at many other blogs, too.

Favorite blogs, including at least one MLBlog:

I have to say The Baseball Collector as my number one favorite MLBlog because if not for Zack, then I wouldn’t be blogging today. I also really enjoy seeing what Chad is up to with his latest contest or predictions on games at Charge the Mound.

Most memorable Major League moment(s):

"And we’ll see you tomorrow night!" 1991 World Series: Braves and Twins. After placing last in their respective division the year prior, the Braves and Twins battled for seven games in what was considered to be one of the greatest series ever played. In Game 6, Kirby Puckett robbed a home run from Ron Gant and then hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th to send the series to Game 7. Jack Morris pitched 10 shutout innings in Game 7 to earn the win and a World Series victory for the Minnesota Twins.

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

Probably just as many things as I am doing while I am blogging. Besides working, playing baseball, and enjoying summer, blogging on MLBlogs.com is one of the many things I love to do everyday. I am thankful that MLB.com is hosting this gathering of great fans to share their opinions and be heard.

Last item you bought at the MLB.com Shop?

A Minnesota Twins hat. The one with the "TC." Go Twins!

Who is your favorite Major League player?

Living: Torii Hunter, the heart and soul of the Twins. Deceased: Kirby Puckett, the heart and soul of Minnesota.

Happiness is . . .

Watching the Twins celebrate their third World Series victory this October.

Life is good with an MLBlog, and even better if you’re a Spheroid so everyone can find their way to your MLBlog even easier. Just email your responses to those (or any other, be creative) questions so we can include you like My Life According to Baseball.


Kellia covered it, and she knows this place as well as anyone. See most recent post on this blog. There are hundreds and hundreds of words in the profanity filter that came along with the customized Typepad software from our Six Apart partners, the leading blog software provider based in San Francisco. They wrote the book on blogging, or at least the software. We have made changes to the filter along the way (some due to nonsensical asterisks replacing first or last names of players) and will continue to adapt it in the wisest possible way, with welcomed input from all MLBloggers.

I think it’s obvious, Tom. The software does not consider context. It just compares what you write against a list of certain words that, in some contexts, some readers here might find offensive and it asterisks them out.



Could you explain to us,either here or on Scott Reifert’s blog site,”Inside the White Sox”,the process that is used to filter out certain wors that are deemed unusable by the software system…Let me give you an example of what I am referring to…
Last fall when Al Lopez passed away,i happen to write on the blogsite that he was second in wins only to the late Jimmy D-Y-K-E-S in WS history….After I got through posting,I went back to read the comments through and was surprised to find that Jimmy’s last name had been eradicated…

Obscenities,I can understand…I censor my own remarks when I write…but a last name? In the famous words of Eddie “Rochester” Anderson to Jack Benny…”Oh,boss,COME NOW!!!”

If you could explain the system on either site,I would appreciate it.

Tom Quaid,Chicago

I’ve had a lot of good feedback from you lot about my live blog yesterday on England/Sweden. So much so I’ve decided to try my hand at it again tomorrow. So at 10am EST, I’ll live blog Ghana Vs U.S.A. So come along and join in.

I’ll spare you the gory details, but let me just say that it would really be helpful if we could re-arrange the order of items on our typelists as easily as we can re-arrange the order of items on our sidebars.



Fantastic Spheroid, Nick! Thanks for the mentions…it makes me really happy to know that my blog helped inspire you(rs). Do you think Mauer can hold off Ichiro for the AL batting title? I think Ichiro’s got the edge, but it should be interesting. It’s nice to see the Twins playing better these days. Continued success to them and to you.

-The Baseball Collector


YANKEES IN ACTION Photo Album pics

(Inside Pitch)

Mariano Rivera


Jeter & A-Rod (BP)


A-Rod (BP)


Giambino At 1B


Because of the new blogger photo incentive, I have delegated my brother Tony “Music-Man” Shimkin as INSIDE PITCH’S new house photographer. Here are four doozies that he snapped recently for INSIDE PITCH at Yankee Stadium. I especially like the ones of Mariano Rivera in motion and Jeter and A-Rod hanging out in batting practice.

Carl “The Cabbie” Shimkin



Going to attempt a live blog on England/Sweden game at 3pm EST. Come and join in.

Yes, but how many WS titles to the Red Sox have in last, oh lets say, 70 years? Yeah, 1. And the Twins? Ohhh, 2… ok thats right

Also a bit of trivia…

Which American League team has the strikeout and batting average leaders?

Wait a sec . . . . I was under the impression it would be the Red Sox celebrating their 7th (see Yankees fans . . . the Red Sox have more WS victories than the Twins) World Series Championship in October. Funny how that works out.


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