Spheroid: Around the Horn with Dan Weisman, Baseball Investigator
Title: Around the Horn with Dan Weisman, Baseball Investigator
MLBlogger: Dan Weisman
Template: Padres | First Post in The Show
I truly, truly enjoy baseball. My first memories are of baseball games. Some of the greatest and most memorable events of my life are permeated with baseball. I eat, drink and sleep baseball. My only regret today at a somewhat advanced age is I no longer feel comfortable playing. With that said, I’ve seen so much and see so much, I’d like to give other fans and fellow travelers a bit of humor, insight and memory related to the sport. The new communication environment with more free-form writing possibilities in blog formats works well with my writing and observatory style.
What was your favorite post?
Strangest blogging experience?
So far, checking the viewer stats and seeing where viewers reside. My gosh, Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore, Africa, all over South America and incredibly well-distributed across the U.S. and Canada. As someone who grew up in a print journalism environment, just seeing the diversity and spontanaeity of viewership was wild.
What is your favorite blog, including at least one MLBlog?
So far, I like the Detroit Tigers Daily Fungo which you featured. That guy has done an amazing job. I’m very impressed with the time he puts into it and the quality of information. Daron Sutton’s is fun, and well-done with a mix of image and materials. Alyssa Milano’s for not-so-obvious reasons. and obvious ones.
What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Watching baseball. I also dumpster dive and scrounge for money; exercise, hike and batter-cize, and watch television. All My Children fan. Also, drive around Rancho Santa Fe and chill.
Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
Obviously, more interactive. Addition of social networking features. Easier access to features. More mobile features. Other ways not appreciated just yet.
Favorite team and why?
Different teams at different times. As my life and location changed, so, too, did my allegiances. Today, I have sympathies for some teams and enjoy watching some teams more than others, but I find this is function of the team makeup at the time generally.
Very earliest days, the Giants. Then, shifted to the Mets because they were the ultimate underdogs and so was I. After that, the Astros and heady days at the Dome. Following that, Mariners, as stuff happened, then in time for some championships with the Blue Jays, followed by Devil Rays and Padres.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
During my days in Arkansas, I actually debated Bill Clinton about sports on numerous occasions at various places. I was assigned by the Arkansas Democrat to cover him. I’m also a Rice University graduate. Rice and Arkansas were in the old — and I do miss it — Southwest Conference. So, Clinton and I would discuss the Rice-Arkansas football games. We also talked about other sports like baseball and basketball, etc. At the Pepsi-Coke challenge, he took the taste test and said, “I can’t decide. They both taste good.” (Footnote: Never saw Hillary around any time then.)
A great seafood barbecue a’la my old New Orleans home. Oh yes, and a game-winning home run in the bottom of the Ninth Inning to win the game and avoid a 100-loss season. Y’all can go home, now.