Around the Sphere
I have a question. The Trade Talk blog was a big success, featuring short posts from our 30 MLB.com beat writers up until the last Trading Deadline. The Hot Stove Blog
came next, again with constant and concise posts from our 30 MLB.com
beat writers throughout this offseason, accounting for 80 percent of
all MLBlogs traffic and a must on the average blogroll. What would you
suggest our beat writers do between Opening Day and the offseason, in
terms of one powerhouse MLBlog that everyone would have to see on a
regular basis? I am going to make a suggestion and would love your
input as great bloggers.
Congratulations to the new president of the United States and incoming White Sox fan in the White House. I don’t know about you, but my own personal favorite “moment” today was when the glass doors were opened and Barack Hussein Obama, following the herald trumpets, was introduced to that sea of humanity on the Mall. What was your one “moment”? Here’s to dusting ourselves off and picking ourselves up, just like Obama said in his speech. I wrote a news story on MLB.com, and also a story about our fellow MLBlogs pioneer, Scott Reifert, who was right by the stage and called me during the parade with a unique view. What an unbelievable day filled with pride, regardless of party ties.
This MLBlogger has a good idea if you ask me.
I am speechless sometimes over commenters who question why something other than actual baseball would dare to be covered on MLB.com. These must be people who have not paid attention to our sites over the past decade. MLB.com is teeming with actual humans, and we have a First Fan who proudly wears his love for baseball with his cap often. Our philosophy always has been to write about major news stories, to tip our caps and show perspective — not to be a toy department. Every story is a baseball story. Everything has something to do with baseball. It is an important fabric of our life and I am happy to make any story a baseball story, whether it is Pluto being thrown out of the stellar lineup or a White Sox fan being hailed as the new chief. Those same commenters should prepare themselves for my Super Bowl story coming soon. I am interested in how you cope with loons.
Welcome to new MLBloggers including Tripleplay’s Twins Territory, maintained by Rich, a 26-year-old student in Liverpool, England. He has a lot in common with Twins pitcher Glen Perkins, because they started an MLBlog at about the same time. Give it up for the Twins, because they have more club-maintained MLBlogs (five) than any other team — unless you count all of those MLBlogs we created in 2007 for the candidates running for Red Sox Nation President. It is always a good day when you have to break away from doing something important because a Major League club requires some help starting a new blog. I am excited about 2009 because blogs are relentlessly more important here at MLBAM.
I especially love the Perk and Kevin Slowey blogs because they do their own thing whenever they feel like it. That makes it kind of tricky to know when to tell you they posted, so you might want to subscribe to their RSS feed on the blog’s side panel.
Thanks for all of the great feedback to our first Jblog School post. We will be back soon with the next class and guest lecturers. Latest Leaders also coming soon.
Just got a sneak-peek at our friend Jane Heller’s new book, “Confessions of a She-Fan,” and she had me at “A-Rod’s eyes are the color of pistachio.” That is the first sentence in the book. I really wanted to read every page right then but alas I had to forward it to our reviewer here at MLB.com. I do encourage everyone to order this book now and as usual say hi to one of our top MLBloggers, although you probably get comments from her already.
Jane’s latest post made me think about being at big events, specifically the World Series. Here are the Fall Classics I have attended and what I think of:
1990 (Schottzie slimed me on the elevator, damn dog), 1992 (I mostly think of Neon Deion), 1993 (Carter’s HR landed right in front of me), 1994 (oh wait a minute never mind), 1995 (Chop, Chop, Chop), 1996 (glad to leave Fulton Co. Stadium behind), 1997 (snowed on my keyboard in RF aux box in CLE, then the next game humidity of FLA forced me to emergency room with acute asthma attack so I missed the finish), 1998 (fish tacos in San Diego), 2003 (Clemens being saluted by both dugouts), 2004 (sitting in the right-field power alley at Busch and watching Red Sox fans celebrate for two hours while I wrote), 2005 (Steve Perry soaked in champagne and singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” right next to me in the White Sox clubhouse at Houston), 2006 (David Eckstein being forced by Scott Spiezio to take a swig of whiskey after winning the yellow Vette), 2007 (spending six innings of Game 3 on Coors Field first-aid stretcher due to altitude sickness while marathon training), 2008 (cowbells in FLA and riding the lead vehicle in Philly’s long-awaited parade). That’s 13 Fall Classics.
Where will the next World Series be played?
That’s why we’re all here, right? All of these Caravans, Conventions, Winter Warmups, FanFests and the like are about to converge, and it is a time when you really start to feel it. A new baseball fan is in the White House, and a new Spring Training is just around the corner. It is on the countdown clock on our homepage all the time. It looks like most of you are feeling the excitement now, too. It is like an internal clock, isn’t it? Our friend Susan at Perfect Pitch said she just got her tickets to Florida and I know how jazzed she is.
Please be sure to join our Official MLBlogs Twitter if you haven’t already! If you already are on Twitter, then follow us @mlblogs and tease your MLBlogs postings with tweets there. It is an extension of this community and will grow and grow in importance.
We are continuing to look into the commenting-permission issue that sporadically is reported around here. I expect this matter to be resolved soon. The default setting for the entire community was for no restrictions whatsoever on commenting anywhere, but there seems to be a bug in our system somewhere, and we are communicating with Six Apart on it.
Have a nice Inauguration Night, and congrats and best wishes again to the new Chief. It’s time for a comeback.