Spheroid: BoSox Banter

JeffThe MLBlogosphere (circa 4/18/05) is a mix of incredibly diverse and unique perspectives about baseball and life, and Jeff Louderback recently added his own unique touch with a Red Sox MLBlog called BoSox Banter. On his personal website, he describes himself as a "versatile and creative wordsmith" — and that begs the question for blogsmiths to post: Why does such a tradition-based game not have "smiths" among its player descriptions? David Ortiz, for example, should be a walk-offsmith. Nolan Ryan was a strikeoutsmith. The Bambino was a homersmith. Trevor Hoffman is a savesmith. Just food for thought. Without further ado, here is a Spheroid to introduce everyone to Jeff’s cool blog, and we thank him for emailing us his replies to these Nine Questions:

1. What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your MLBlog?

I am a professional writer as well as a fan. I have experience as a full-time sports writer, and now I am a full-time freelance writer, and some of the features I write are sports-related. I research several web sites, publications and blogs to provide readers of my blog with poignant news, opinions and debates. Since the Red Sox are sure to have a very active off-season, I will have a lot to write about, and I welcome any comments and thoughts from Red Sox Nation!

Fisk_12. Favorite team and why:

I’ve been a lifelong Red Sox fan, even though I am from southwest Ohio and Reds country. I was introduced to the Sox when I was 7. That was in 1975, and I watched the historic Game 6 of the ’75 Series when Fisk willed the home run fair. I ran home from school when I was 10 and cried when Bucky Dent hit the dinger off Mike Torrez. I was a high school senior in ’86 when the ball rolled through Buckner’s legs and the Sox lost Game 6 and Game 7 to the Mets. I love being a Red Sox fan because, though the team has endured many heartbreaks, in most cases the team is a legitimate playoff contender year after year, especially now with Theo Epstein’s presence and John Henry’s wallet. The Red Sox reflect what baseball is all about — tradition, passion and a love for the game. There is nothing like watching a game in Fenway Park, but what is amazing is the presence of Red Sox fans at every away game. That shows true devotion.

3. If your MLBlog were any baseball player past or present, who would he be and why?

Tony Gwynn. He is a wealth of baseball knowledge, a student of the game, and someone who reflects how the game should be played. And he is passionate about the game.

4. How did you first hear about MLBlogs and why did you join The Show?

I am a regular on Ian Browne’s Brownie Points blog at RedSox.com. I was impressed with the following, and since I am a writer — and I devour a wide array of baseball information on a daily basis — I decided to start the BoSox Banter blog. I post daily on Ian’s blog, and I write one to two articles per day on my blog. I enjoy the interaction with fellow Sax fans, and even debating with Yankees fans.

5. Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere?

I am impressed with the Support Jon Lester! blog created by Cyn, who is better known as Red Sox Chick. It is a testament to how a blog can not only be a source of baseball information and entertainment, but also an avenue to promote a worthwhile cause. I like the MLB player blogs as well, such as Dan Haren‘s blog. Though I’m not a Dodgers fan, I enjoy Tommy Lasorda’s perspective and intriguing tales about the game.

6. What is something not on your About page that MLBloggers should know about you?

Even though I write for a living, I am a fan like everyone else. I am also a lifelong fan of the Steelers, Celtics and Ohio State Buckeyes, yet I am most passionate about Bedsheetsthe Red Sox. My girlfriend says I’m like the guy in
Fever Pitch, minus the great season tickets and the Red Sox bedsheets. When you’re a true fan — enduring the lows and savoring the highs — it is hard to swallow when the team struggles, and much sweeter when the team wins.

7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Blogging is a forum for personal expression without the watchful eye of an editor. Most Red Sox fans I know are very knowledgeable about the game. They have opinions and support those opinions with valid reasoning. I like having my personal forum where I can post articles and Red Sox Nation can contribute their views as well — whether the Sox are winning or losing.

8. Your most memorable Major League moment(s):

I was at Riverfront Stadium when Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record. I still have the stub and the program. I also saw a perfect game thrown by Tom Browning. I attend several Red Sox games each year, most on the road. I saw Jon Lester’s debut in Atlanta, which was impressive. My fondests memories of the game on TV are Carlton Fisk’s historic home run in ’75, Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run in the ’88 Series and Cal Ripken hitting a home run on the day he broke Lou Gehrig’s all-time record for consecutive games played. Of course, the top moment was Foulke tossing the ball to Doug M. to wrap up the 2004 World Series title, and other top moments include the Sox winning Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS. All is right with the world when the Sox win and the Yankees lose!

9. Happiness is…

Knowing that, as October approaches, the Red Sox are preparing for the playoffs. And when that doesn’t happen, happiness is a Yankees series loss in the ALDS!

Please visit Jeff’s blog and email us here if you would like to have your MLBlog promoted as one of our Spheroids we’ve been showing for more than a year now. If you don’t mind, it looks like that  Yahoo! account is now mostly a repository for requests to help deposed Nigerian rulers and Irish Lottery contestants so make sure to put the word SPHEROID in your subject!


Oh man, you were AT the Pete Rose game? My jealousy officially starts here.

-The Baseball Collector

I am a regular on Brownie Points (Ian Brownes Blog) and like to read whatever Jeff has to say. He has one of the Better Baseball Minds that I’ve come across, as well being an amazing “wordsmith”. I look forward to his more than daily posts.

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