As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, I’m working as a TA this semester and it occasionally limits my time pretty seriously. Those times are generally when the undergrads take a test. That happened yesterday, so I’m going to be mostly out of commission until sometime early this evening at the absolute earliest. I’m wasting time right now as I type this!
WHYGAVS has made the final four of the Pittsburgh Sports Blog tournament as the champion of the Dave Clark Division. I’m up against Pitt Script in the semifinals. They all seem like a bunch of nice guys and they’re fellow Bloguineers, but I’m not losing to a Pitt blog. It’s not happening. Help make sure it doesn’t happen.
Trevor Gooby, all-around great guy and the Pirates’ Director of Florida Operations who’s helped me quite a bit on my two trips to Bradenton, delievered a baby at McKechnie Field yesterday in a pre-spring training event. That’s one way to rebuild fan relations!
Jeff Polman, who you probably know as the guy who replays old baseball seasons with Strat-o-matic cards and then writes fictional stories framed by his new alternate baseball history, has moved on to a replay of the 1958 season. It’s a noirish tale based in San Francisco with updates three times a week. Most baseball fans recognize 1958 as the year baseball moved to California (it’s why Jeff chose the season), but most Pirate fans probably know it as the year that Branch Rickey and Joe L. Brown’s rebuilding project finally started to come together and the Pirates’ 1950s long losing streak ended. Jeff was kind enough to let me “manage” (which basically means pick the lineups and the rotation and let him do all the hard work) this version of the Pirates and as always, I’m more than happy to point you to the site to see exactly where he takes things on the best pseudo-historical baseball fiction blog on the internet.