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December 15, 2007

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maxwell horse

Hey! Your site looks different. (Just wanted you to know that these things don't go unnoticed.)

Liza

Hey, great post. This whole deal is important, but you get mostly the same obvious "analysis" from a lot of places--I really like this one.

Also, I do like the new layout too. I've been reading the blog for a while and don't know if I've commented before, but I do like the blog. Just saying. :)

beth

glad you guys like the new layout. i like to switch things up after baseball season's over; it'll prob. go back to the other one once spring training starts again. liza, thanks for reading and commenting!

Iain

Beth, I agree - I think the 'One Player' thing is absolutely crucial here.

Only the most naïve of fans would look at baseball - in the biger picture, a meaningless game played by multimillionaires - as a symbol of all that is pure and just. However, as foolish as it may seem to those who don't follow sports, we do invest time and energy and emotion in this meaningless game and those who play it. For that investment to make any sense we need examples of that 'One Player', the guy we can hold up - despite everything - as some kind of example, a sure bet that at least some of the people out there on the field are playing the game by the rules.

I'm a grown man with a job, a family and all the responsibilities that go with that, but part of me is still a little kid, looking to sporting heroes (many of whom are younger than me) to amaze and inspire me. I know that there are a lot of players out there bending and breaking the rules, but I cling to my One Player (in my case, Players, because the list extends beyond the Sox) in order to try to make the whole rooting thing worthwhile.

For my part, if the name of even one of my 'untouchables' found its way onto the list I fear that the little, wide-eyed kid within me would probably have his heart broken for ever. So all I can do is cross my fingers and hope...

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