Spheroid: Desert Digest
I originally signed up for a Yankees blog (pinstripepride.mlblogs.com), just because I love the Yankees, and I wanted to talk about them to anyone that would listen. I grew up in New England, so I didn’t have a lot of fellow Yankees fans I could discuss baseball with, so I wanted to try this option. After a while, I thought that my blog wasn’t standing out, due to the large amount of Yankees blogs, so I wanted to have one that would get some more attention. So now I write about anything in baseball that catches my attention. Any team or player is fair game. And at this time of year, since I’m in Arizona, I wanted to share my experiences at all the spring ballparks with everyone that is stuck up north in the snow. Once spring training is done, the focus of the blog will shift to anything worth talking about.
What is your favorite team and why?
The Yankees. A lot of people question how I became a Yankees fan, since I grew up in New England, but I have a decent explanation. When I was little, my father took me to a Red Sox/Indians game at Fenway. I was probably 6 or 7 years old. I just remember sitting there the whole time, listening to a small group of people talking trash and booing the Indians at every opportunity. As a kid that young, it left a bad impression with me, I just couldn’t understand how fans could be so mean. After that day, I hated the Red Sox, so it just made logical sense to support the Yankees.
Of course, later on in life I figured it out that this stuff goes on in every stadium. And the fans that day weren’t particularly nasty, it’s just really easy to be influenced when you’re that young. So I no longer hold that against the Red Sox. But I’d already been supporting the Yankees for so long, and I wasn’t about to change. I don’t hate the Red Sox, I think the rivalry is great for the sport. Of course I want them to lose, but I’m not nasty about it.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I like getting feedback from people visiting and reading my blog. It’s not always easy going to a spring game, taking a ton of pictures, and try to remember everything about the game, so I can write about it that night. When people tell me they enjoy my impressions, it makes it all worth it. There’s a lot of great and knowledgable baseball fans on this site, and to get praise from any one of them is an awesome feeling. I just hope people still enjoy it when the regular season starts and they no longer need me for my spring training pictures, haha.
Favorite blogs, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere:
Does my own count? Just kidding. I enjoy Coral’s West Coast College Student Looking For East Coast Baseball Knowledge blog. She has a passion for the game, and it’s great to see someone that up such an interest in the history of the sport. She’s also really good at commenting on other blogs, which is nice, it helps build the community. I also enjoy the Diamondhacks blog, as he’s living in the same area I am, and it’s nice to read smart opinions on the local team, even though it’s not the team I support.
My most memorable MLB moment:
Can I use two? I watched a little bit of the World Series in 1991, but my first big year of following baseball was in 1992. The following year, I got to see Joe Carter win the World Series for the Blue Jays, with that home run in game 6 against the Phillies. I was 10 years old at the time, and I remember being allowed to stay up late on a school night to watch it, and it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. That moment ensured that I would be a lifetime baseball fan. I was also a big fan of Roberto Alomar, who I idolized growing up. I can’t wait until he is elected to Cooperstown, and I will make sure that I’m there for the induction.
As a Yankees fan, my favorite moment was when Aaron Boone hit the series winning home run in the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox. The picture is on my desk as I write this. I was watching the game with a bunch of Red Sox fans, and having to listen to their taunting for most of the game, they were finally silenced in the 8th inning, and then I got to celebrate on that home run. I was acting like a 14 year old girl when it happened, I just couldn’t control myself.
What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Well I have my teaching license for music, and I’m currently getting my master’s at Arizona State University. Once that’s done, I hope to be teaching high school music for the rest of my life. There’s nothing like teaching what you’ve been studying your whole life, and seeing the excited look on kids’ faces when they get what you’re saying. It’s the best feeling in the world.
Last MLB item you bought:
The last thing I got was a t-shirt at my latest Angels spring training game. I’ve been collecting shirts from each stadium I go to this spring, to help me remember my first spring training here in the Cactus League.
Who is your favorite MLB player?
Well like I mentioned earlier, Roberto Alomar is my favorite player of all time. That guy could do it all. It’s a shame about the whole spitting incident, because nobody ever said a bad word about him before that. He will go down as one of the best, if not the best, all-around 2nd basemen of all time. There was no part of the game that he didn’t excel at. I have a Robbie Alomar jersey of every team he’s played for, except for the White Sox, which I’m still looking for, and the Devil Rays, whom he only played for during spring training. If anyone knows where I can get those jerseys, they will be my best friend forever.
As for current players, it’s Mariano Rivera, hands down. He’s the best at his position in the history of the game. He’s underrated, if that’s even possible. And not only is he amazing, but he manages to stay off the backpages. In an era where seemingly every player is involved in a controversy of some kind, Rivera has done an amazing job of being a consumate professional.
The Yankees getting back to glory, the way they did 10 years ago. This year would be special, with all the young guys we have. We’re finally getting back to the way we were, focusing on the farm system, and filling the additional spots with players outside the organization. Instead of throwing money foolishly, we’re starting to make better decisions. I look forward to guys like Philip Hughes, Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang and Melky Cabrera bringing us back to the top. And I’m of the belief that Alex Rodriguez does not deserve the flak he’s getting, and he deserves to be part of a championship team.
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