Spheroid: Daily musings from 35th & Shields
Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?
I love to talk baseball — with friends, family, even random strangers. Here, I have an opportunity to write about the daily happenings around the league, with my team (the White Sox), how the season is shaping up, or just about any topic in general. I have something to say, and if people want to find me, now they know where they should go.
What is your favorite team and why?
I’ve been a White Sox fan since I knew what baseball was. It just goes with the territory — my entire family consists of White Sox fans, and it’s just been ingrained into me. If I had to choose a second, though, it would be the Boston Red Sox. I spent a year in Maine and really got to like the entire region, especially the sports in the area. When I got to go to Fenway last year to see the Red Sox and the White Sox play, it was like a dream come true.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Having also done regular newspaper columns, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to write on command. With a blog, I can write as little or as often as I want — and my columns can be as short or as long as I need. With a newspaper column you only get so many inches, and sometimes it’s a stretch to fill it all — and sometimes you have to condense a large part of your work into a short bit. On my blog, I’m unedited — whatever I say, goes.
Favorite blogs, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere:
Strangely enough, I don’t read too many outside blogs. However, I have to say that Bill Simmons’ recently created Basketball Blog is always entertaining. Here on MLBlogs, I’ve enjoyed reading the West Coast College Student Looking for East Coast Baseball Knowledge blog — Coral really likes her Angels, and always has something interesting to say. I don’t think she resents my White Sox fandom too much, either, despite the events of ’05.
Last September, I took my first baseball road trip. I started on the north side of Chicago at Wrigley Field, and saw games in Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and finished up at U.S. Cellular Field on the south side of Chicago. We also got to see a day of tennis at the U.S. Open, which was happening during the days we were in NYC. It was amazing. This year we’re doing it again, but for a longer time — in addition to the parks we hit last year, we’re also catching games in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and St. Louis. I can’t wait.
What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Well, being a professional musician when I’m not talking baseball, I’d probably be practicing. I work a lot, and when I’m not performing, I’m teaching, so it doesn’t leave me a lot of time during the day. But somehow I seem to still get everything done.
Last MLB item you bought:
For this, I have two answers. If you’re talking current, active players, I’m going to go with Paul Konerko. He has been the face of the White Sox for quite a few years now. I’d say a lot of people equate him with the "south side" mentality — a guy who worked his way up through the ranks to become a leader but at the same time does not allow himself to become complacent. He had a rough year in 2004, but followed that up with solid campaigns in 2005 and 2006, and that’s the hallmark of a great player — coming back and playing hard even though things may not have been going your way. I think the whole lineup of the White Sox exemplifies that — Thome, Dye, Konerko, A.J., everyone — they work hard and don’t take any B.S.
As far as all-time players go, I’ve got to say Ted Williams. I’ve got plenty of favorite White Sox players, and plenty of favorite all-time players, but for some reason Teddy stands out to me. Here’s a man who not only was one of the best hitters of all time, but a truly honorable man to boot. He accepted his compulsory military service even though he knew that it would take him away in the prime of his career, and served his country honorably in a time of war. He was a stand-up man, and in a day and age when that type of person is hard to find, he is a great role model for those who follow him.
Enjoying Opening Day with my Dad, who I will be taking to the park with me again this year. It’s become a tradition, and even though it wasn’t technically Opening Day for us last year (we went to the third game of the season because of our collective schedules), we’ll continue the tradition again this year.
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