Postseason in the Sphere

I was thinking about doing a Spheroid on myself. But that would be kind of too self-serving so I will just remind all of you that your friendly neighborhood blog-watcher has been busy maintaining an American League Division Series blog. I have discovered the joys of uploading YouTube videos with my Canon Powershot and hope you are enjoying the little glimpses. We have our own multimedia machine at MLB.com but those folks are busier than Paul Lo Duca tagging out runners so I have been doing it this way. Please be sure to drop by and leave comments!

Our friend Kellia over at Down the Left Field Line has to be really happy to see her boi Eric Byrnes throwing down the playoff analysis on ESPN. I’m told he had to endure two flights and a delay and belatedly made it to the ESPN studios a bit disheveled, but it just looked to me like typical Byrnesy with the all-out style on the set. What a contrast between him and sartorially splendid and suave Mr. Vernon Wells on their October cast.

I hope you all are enjoying the new postseason player blogs that we have helped each player launch. It was unreal to see Barry Zito‘s immediate and humorous, revealing thoughts posted right after his masterpiece against Johan Santana in the ALDS opener. Same with Big Nate Chew right after his outing, and then another post today. All of them. And David Wright weighed in with another post on Wednesday, right before heading out to batting practice before Game 1. All of them are really good, join the comments and fire some questions — MLB.com reporters are helping each of them get it done and relaying comments. They’re blogging and they’re into the MLBlogosphere, but as you might expect, these guys aren’t just spending 24 hours a day sitting on the laptop fiddling with new fonts and what new Typelist categories to create.

Dan Haren was one of our first-ever MLBloggers, and I know a lot of you really fell in love with it. He was feeling “overextended” and you can’t fault him for that (he’s getting married next month on top of being the A’s next starter, just a couple of small details!), so he’s not going to continue blogging. We want to thank him for some pioneering work here and definitely appreciated his style and candid, entertaining posts this season. Zito is more than picking up the slack, catch what he said about leaving Minnesota up 2-0. (No Milton Bradley thoughts, though.) Cuddyer, J-Rod, Cliffy, D-Lowe, Dave Roberts. . . they’re all blogging here.

We replaced the Rookies list on the homepage during the postseason to accommodate these postseason MLB personality blogs. And that space includes yours truly’s. Oh, by the way, I also am spending this postseason writing a special feature at the end of every night called The Road to the World Series, which you will see each morning on the MLB.com homepage. Feel free to leave comments about it here or email me on the tagline of each article.

You guys are on a roll. Awesome blogs everywhere, trying to keep up with them, trying to show off player blogs, MY blog (haha), my colleague writers’ series blogs, your blogs, Tommy‘s blog, all of them. And I’ve been communicating with Six Apart on some intermittent Typepad-access issues, which I hope we never see anymore, and please definitely leave comments here whenever you notice they’re inaccessible and also send Trouble Tickets within your software at any time. OK, on to Day 3 of a very interesting postseason so far…it’s going to be a wild ride and I have to sleep.

14 Comments

And for everyone who has commented here about wanting me to Spheroid myself you guys are so crazy, haha. I still might just for yuks but it feels so Howard Cosell.

Ralph: Great comment. Couldn’t agree more. My only encounter with Buck was one night in the mid-’90s in the Royals’ press box before a game. I was eating in the press dining room and he came over and sat with me and we just talked for a long time. He would just sweep you off your feet. I wish he had gone into the Hall last year, but no matter what, he knew how much people respected him as a person and all that he had done. I feel good about that.

Mark

Mark-

I want to see a spheroid from you, too.

-The Baseball Collector

The Loss of Buck O’Neil: I didn’t know how sad I was going to be to lose Buck O’Neil! At 94, I knew he couldn’t be the active and vibrant ambassador of baseball forever, but the news still hit me hard. As I reflected on his life, I realized that Buck’s life and spirit epitomized the journey of all Black people in the 20th century, not just black baseball players. Born into a world that provided few opportunities, he took his skills and determination and combined them with tenacity and passion to not only carved out a productive career, but ended up on top on the game he loved despite all of the obstacles placed in his way. And the poise and class in which he handled the Baseball Hall of Fame snub made the world realize that it was the Hall of Fame’s loss, not Buck’s. I am proud to have shaken his hand. Yesterday, I lost one of my heroes.

Ralph Moore

Kellia, make sure you see my Byrnsie line in the ALDS blog.

http://alds1.mlblogs.com

We’re doing a regular Q&A with Yankee personnel in our postseason coverage, they permit only that format. Jeter and A-Rod do have first-person journals on their player sites although not similar to the postseason day-to-day blogging of the players participating.

did you guys ask any of the Yankees if they wanted to blog for the post-season?

every team in the playoffs is represented except the Yankees

Mark,

Add me to the people who would like a Spheroid from you. Maybe after the World Series?

Thomas,

I was sent a picture of Byrnesie. Don’t know what he was thinking with the hair, so I will probably post a poll about it later.

Kellia

Life, Baseball & a Guy who needs a hairstylist.

http://byrnesblog.mlblogs.com

Carl, I never received a link from our multimedia folks so am requesting that…not sure when but thanks for pointing it out.

Hi, Cyn’s mom, you need to post another blog entry for us!

Hey Mark,

I think a Newman Spheroid is long overdue. I’d like to know if your’ MLBlog was a past player who would it be?

Also, I know you and Jake are unbelievably busy with the postseason, but just wanted to know when my last MLBlogs “Under The Lights” radio interview might be added to the drop down menu. Sending my mom to the MLB Radio site to try to find it, is like sending a blind mouse through a maze:)

Cabbie

http://bestblog.mlblogs.com

Got my NLDS Game 1 report in there, and prepping for Game 2! Wahooo!
http://www.pickmeup.mlblogs.com/

Kelia, Byrnes was wearing a black suit with pinstripes.. His hair was crazy though… really crazy.

Mark, you should do a spheroid. I’m sure we would all enjoy to know a little more about the man behind the curtain.

http://strosbro.mlblogs.com

http://strosbro.mlblogs.com

I’m sorry to hear Dan Haren won’t be blogging anymore.
I wish him luck in the Playoffs.

cynsmom

Our friend Kellia over at Down the Left Field Line has to be really happy to see her boi Eric Byrnes throwing down the playoff analysis on ESPN. I’m told he had to endure two flights and a delay and belatedly made it to the ESPN studios a bit disheveled, but it just looked to me like typical Byrnesy with the all-out style on the set. What a contrast between him and sartorially splendid and suave Mr. Vernon Wells on their October cast.

Actually, since I don’t have cable, I won’t see him unless I accidentally catch a bit of it at the gym. I have been told by others that he is wearing a suit and has trimmed his hair. (I hope it’s just a trim and not short. He looks generic with short hair).

Kellia

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