Around the Sphere
I could not disagree more with Anna Quindlen in this Newsweek article I just read on msnbc.com. Hey, Anna. Let me introduce you to myspace. And facebook. And bebo. And MLBlogs! And everywhere else that young people today are "writing for their lives" — recording their daily thoughts on their own blogs, just the way Anne Frank recorded her thoughts on a paper diary. There are more young people than in any generation in the history of humankind journaling their thoughts regularly. That is a healthy thing. Only I’m not sure why Ms. Quindlen somehow failed to mention it. She acknowledged that young people today use email. Hello. Subscribe to a tech newsletter, join a social net, observe. Black, white, Asian, Hispanic, female, male, young, mature, whatever…people are writing and have been for a while now. Just not with ink pens. What lost art? It’s a golden era!
We don’t know whether the Kansas City Royals will be this year’s
darlings. But we do know that the Royals are out front in Major League
Baseball by maintaining a daily Royals Caravan blog as part of Around the Horn in KC. Hopefully other clubs will follow their lead. Meanwhile, a new Indians MLBlogger doesn’t see the Royals winning the AL Central.
The MLBlogs Active Roster on the MLB.com browse-by-team page has been updated as best I can determine. Please just let me know if I’ve missed anyone. There are a lot of old MLBlogs in there and for the most part I have left those in, because we’ve seen a lot of bloggers take long breaks and come back like a Jeff Weaver in Game 5. Speaking of Weaver, he was not around but just about everyone else from Cardinal Nation seemed to be there for the Winter Warmup last weekend and I want to thank everyone who contributed and followed along on my event blog.
It’s impossible to adequately explain just how popular David Eckstein is in St. Louis right now. I was sitting near him when a Fox Theatre crowd gave him a thunderous standing O during Tony La Russa’s "Stars to the Rescue" celebrity concert event last Saturday night, and saw how he captivated everyone throughout the Winter Warmup. I think some people want to see a contract extension soon, just guessing. I am still blown away by how he stayed signing autographs from 1 p.m. until the event ended at 5 p.m. that first day…until the last person was in line.
For those who have asked or WILL ask: There is not going to be an auto-renewal for MLBlogs. If you have an annual subscription and it’s coming up, then you would have to renew manually, so keep track of when you started. And for others who are asking, there is no word at this point on what our consumer content presence will be at Major League Baseball Advanced Media on Opening Day. There is a strong likelihood that it will be different. Whether that means a completely different environment with new signups and exporting any existing text, or something different within this current Six Apart-hosted environment, that is unknown. You will be given as much advanced notice as I can possibly muster whenever the time comes. Again, the world has changed tremendously in the nearly two years since we launched MLBlogs (see: myspace, gootube, etc.).
Say hi to San Diego Padres Mom. Padres bloggers have been the most scarce in our nearly two years of MLBlogs (with the exception of Mariners for some really weird reason). And this is a good one.
Welcome to the author of stuff about the reds. That shot of old Riverfront Stadium and the green, green artificial turf brings back memories of the first time I ever saw a Major League game in person. It was in the 1970s, as the Big Red Machine was on the cusp of a mini-dynasty.
On a personal note, my first Half Marathon is Sunday morning at Central Park. Can your friendly neighborhood blog-watcher make it 13.1 miles, or 2-plus full loops around the big backyard? I will report back Monday. Gunning for NYC Marathon in November. I have to rely on the application lottery process like many others for this year’s, because I just joined NY Road Runners in December and could not enter enough qualifiers by Jan. 1. So I’ll be guaranteed entry to the 2008 event, but to get into this one I’ll be one of at least 90,000 applicants for a field that numbered 37,000 this past November. Either way, just trying to ramp up my base and will run my first marathon somewhere the second half of this year. It just can’t be October, when I’ll be at points unknown. Anyone else run?
Since we asked: Marco Polo gives you his top active MLB double-play combos right here.
Less than one month till pitchers and catchers report…can you feel it?!