Spheroid: Hot Stove and Beyond


Welcome to MLBlogoRitaville on an offseason weekend. We’re happy to introduce a recent addition to the community as our latest Spheroid here — Rita from Hot Stove and Beyond. She kicked off her MLBlogging from the Lone Star State during the postseason while contemplating the future of her beloved Astros, and is happy to see that Craig Biggio will be wearing the Houston colors as usual when he collects that historic 3,000th hit sometime early next season. Thanks to Rita for replying to our Nine Questions, so please visit her blog and get to know our latest Spheroid:

1. Why do you blog?

I’ve been told I have a way with words, and blogging seemed to be a way to express my love for writing about the Astros and baseball in general, moreso the offseason rumors about free agents and blockbuster trades than arguing about who is a better player based on statistics — although I can hold my own most of the time. I also love researching stats, history, anything that will support my point of view.

2. What was your favorite post?

I’ve only been blogging for a little while, but the most compliments I’ve gotten so far from friends and co-workers have been for Rita’s Dream 2007 Roster.

3. What was your strangest blogging experience you’ve ever had?

Haven’t had any strange or weird experiences yet.

4. Favorite blogs, including at least one MLBlog:

The Space Race, started by my friend Rafael Rojas Cremonesi; The Rumor Mill because I love to read about offseason rumors; and my fellow Stros fan’s blog — ‘Stros Bro. I also think it’s totally awesome that Tony La Russa and Tommy Lasorda are blogging!

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

Posting on the Astros.com and other MLB message boards, researching stats to prove my point. I live and breathe Astros Baseball🙂

6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?

It’s the wave of the future. I truly believe that more and more beat writers, even TV reporters, will come from the ranks of Bloggers.

7. Favorite team and why?

Astros, of course! They’re my hometown team (since 1996) and they rekindled my childhood love for baseball. (I used to skip school to go see the Loveable Losers at Wrigley Field growing up in Chicago.) Also, Drayton McLane, the Astros owner, and players like Biggio and Bagwell have set a tone of respectablity that sets them apart from many other teams. The Houston Astros are known for treating their players fairly and the players respond with their loyalty. In this Internet age, you still don’t hear about Astros players maligning their teammates or the organization.

8. What is the one thing people don’t know about you?

Many people don’t know that I was born in India and am proudly serving our country as a member of the Texas Air National Guard.


9. Happiness is . . .

Hot dogs, Beer, Internet and ASTROS BASEBALL!!!!!

Join the commenters at Hot  Stove and Beyond, and feel free to email us your responses to these Nine Questions or any others asked of previous Spheroids. It’s a little extra PR and, even though we at MLB.com and 30 club sites make for a nice gateway, self-marketing kind of comes with the territory as a baseball blogger.


Keep blogging Rita.

Come to INSIDE PITCH as we have returned from vacation and continue our offseason previews.


Carl the Cabbie

Sorry, that last sentence should have read “…..here (and) and in my blog”…It’s getting late in the Central Time Zone🙂

Thanks Greg for the kind words and a very heartfelt thanks to Mark for including me in the Blogosphere and Spehroid so soon. My MLBlogging experience so far has been very positive.

Biggio’s all-time record for HBP is recorded at http://plunkbiggio.blogspot.com/. I had wrestled with mentioning the blog that highlights a rather dubious record, but he has done such a wonderful job in the last 2 years of chronicling Biggio’s statistics than any other sports website, I feel he needs to be mentioned here in my blog.

Great job Rita !! Keep up the blogging !!

70 to 3000 – go Biggio



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