Screw the Red Sox, and screw Pedro "Why is that big number in front of the decimal point of my ERA?" Martinez. I got another bone to pick today. Remember when blogging used to be a simple, innocent affair? It wasn't about the money or groupies or prestige, it was about the BLOG, man. When Mike first IMed me to say "d00d we should write a blog it'd be funny!!! A/S/L? lol" I didn't expect internet superstardom at all (although Mike obviously did, with how obsessively he checks the counter at the bottom).
So what happened to the good ol' days? The first thing I see when I check Gleeman's page for the first time in a few days is that his computer broke down. Sorry buddy, it happens. But it was not a problem for long, as he simply demanded his readers give him money for a new one, and lo and behold THEY BUY HIM A NEW COMPUTER. What if my keyboard finally breaks from me slamming it into the wall every time Pedro starts? Are you, my loyal reader(s), going to buy me a new one? No! And as well you shouldn't, I'm a pitiful wreck of a man who should not be blogging if his life depended on it. But I can't complain too much about Gleeman's commercial windfall from his site, it'd be in bad form considering I recently declared a truce in our one sided holy war.
Cosette and I have no such agreement. This guy blows. If he's not blogging about singing to trees or having in-depth conversations about Schilling's new arm angle with his pet goldfish, he's usually ranting about some incredibly obscure fact about the Red Sox that hasn't been covered before, not because he found an interesting new angle but more because no one honestly gives a crap about how similar the 1986 World Series is to Pickett's charge from the civil war. Apparently I'm very much in the minority in my hatred of Ed, because Fox Sports New England has decided to pick up his Blog and begin carrying it on their site. This means Ed is going to get paid ACTUAL MONEY to write his inane postings about how Wally seems to have gained weight this year, or his feelings on the spread of Red Sox Nation
While those of us from New England consider it a birthright to be a Red Sox fan, we can't forget the legions of loyal fans the world over who are our brethren. I'm reminded of bumper stickers/t-shirt logo that's popular in Texas: "I'm not from Texas, but I got here as fast I could."What? What the hell are you talking about? How are those two related at all? This is exactly what I'm talking about. Texas sucks and so do you, Cosette.
While not really a blog, Boston Dirt Dogs is another terrible site being bought by a large journalistic publication, this time Boston.com. You might remember this guy if you were following the A-Rod trade rumors last winter, where BDD confidently proclaimed "It's a done deal" and that A-Rod was already signed over. Of course, A-Rod did NOT come to Boston and Silva (the writer) declared that as both a protest and contrition for being wrong, he was shutting down the site. The site shutdown lasted for precisely one day, and he was back complaining about how much he hated Gene Orza. Apparently clever lead-ins like "Lowe Blows" and "What the Foulke?" are good enough for the Boston.com, the same website that actually publishes the Globe online. I would have to assume that Silva was compensated with something other than repeated kicks in the nuts for this website, and that depresses me.
But there IS hope, friends and neighbors! There are plenty of new blogs out there with interesting and fresh content that haven't sold their electronic souls to the Almighty Dollar, and I'm here to inform you all of their existance. So without further ado, here's several blogs that you really should be reading instead of this one.
El Guapo's Ghost: There's probably an element of nostalgia just for the name, as Rich Garces was easily my favorite player in 2000 and 2001, but this site has a lot of other stuff going for it. He gets to the point quickly when writing about something and gives plenty of evidence to back up any claims he makes, making him sort of the anti-ECA. Give him a look.
Misery Loves Company: Another Red Sox/Mets site. Think of our site, but if it were actually done well. Rob is my hero due to his profuse use of the F-Bomb when the team does badly, and I even like Whitney because unlike Mike, he doesn't cry like a little girl when Rob does that. Also you can see great quotes regarding the Mets like "The Wheel has come off the unicycle" and "Tom Glavine, pitching like a man who has brought a knife to a gunfight".
Rally Cuff: Another girl has thrown her hat into the blogging ring, and done a very nice job at it. The site is witty and nicely laid out, and she has that slightly rage-y element to her work that I really dig. She also swears a lot.
Surviving Grady: Clever name aside, this site is very fun to read. For an example, look at the description he has of the current Sox pitching situation
First, if the pitching situation hasn't already reached critical mass, it's getting pretty fucking close. Pedro had absolutely nothing last night, Lowe is this close to talking to squirrels and getting "secret messages" in his waffles and Arroyo is scuffling. This does not bode well for the rest of the season. At least not now.Good stuff. Please give him a perusal.
Sox Fan in the Wrong Area: A poor guy who lives in southwestern CT, the most despicably Yankee-infested area of New England known to man (and it doesn't even get NESN), this guy just hates the Yankees so much you can't help but like him. I used to think I pretty much had a monopoly over death threats to players I don't like, but this Sox fan has no problem cheerfully advocating the horrible death of several highly overpaid Pinstripers.
Firebrand: Sure, this guy's a little crazy (the "firebrand" name apparently comes from an incident in which he was horribly burned and the scar began to resemble the Sox symbol), but he hates Derek Lowe almost as much as I do and unlike me, has some pretty compelling reasons for it other than "Derek Lowe sux0rs!!!!!1" He also makes an intriguing case for getting Al Leiter next year.
So there you have it, some of the "new" crop of Sox blogs. Please give them all a look, you won't regret it.
Something else I thought was vaguely amusing. I usually can't stand Eric Neel in the slightest, but anyone who hates the 1986 Mets as much as this guy apparently does has to be a little cool. He gives quite a few reasons to hate them, too, instead of just "they beat us". It's nice to see a rebuttal to stupid Jeff Pearlman's blatant Mets suck up, anyways.
Real entry coming as soon as I can watch a Sox game without vomitting profusely for an hour afterwards. Helloooooo KC!