The Spirit of Collaboration...
Appears to be sweeping the sports-blog world. Rich Lederer and Bryan Smith have joined forces to create Baseball Analysts, which looks to be an exciting venture, to say the least. Their first co-written article series, Who Was Your Favorite Player Growing Up? is a great read in its own right, and also introduces an interesting new meme into the blogosphere (my answers are in italics):
1. Who was your favorite player when you were growing up?
My tastes were (and probably still are) very simple. It seemed like every time I went to the ballpark, Wade Boggs would hit a home run. I also liked the energetic way he played third base. For reasons I can't remember now, at the time I thought third base was the most important position on the field. I was seven.
3. What do you most remember about that player?
I remember his face on the screen at Fenway, my parents pointing and saying, 'there's your guy'! I remember, as I posted when Boggs was elected to the HOF:a ball, rising, arcing, rocketing, shooting out from the tiny faraway dot that was home plate, into a twilight sky, to fall into the net above the Monster, where behind it the moose on the Moose Head Beer sign smirked cartoonishly...
I can close my eyes and see it, frozen, mid-trajectory, can see the grey-blue-pink color of the late afternoon sky with the lights just coming on at Fenway behind it, and the Citgo sign ...
A ball hit by Wade Boggs.
4. Did you ever come into contact with him?
5. Do you have any special memorabilia (baseball card, autograph, etc.)?
Several baseball cards of him and the Rocket, and many of the other Sox from the late '80s and early '90s.
I'm looking forward to checking in with this site from now on. And thought it's all still very preliminary, possibly doing some collaboration of my own this baseball season.