Humble Handshakes & Fiery Fistbumps: RSBS from the Top

obama fist bump.jpgVenerable MLBlogocrat and de facto Dear Leader, Mark Newman, announced yesterday that Red State Blue State sits atop the 2008 MLBlogosphere as the number one fan blog in the… well… in the entire universe.  With that, I’d like to say that Kanye West is full of crap. 

It ain’t lonely at the top.

Because this honor would not have been possible without you, Dear Readers.  Ravenously hungry for the special RSBS blend of baseball and politics only available through the uncensored blabberings of me and my colleague, the oft jaded Mr. Allen Krause, we humbly tip our hats to you for making this dream a reality.

In lieu of this special occasion, I, personally, would like to take a moment and sincerely thank each and every one of you in the MLBlogosphere: the bloggers, the commentors, the administrators, the techie nerds behind the curtain and of course MLB.com

Any regular RSBS patron knows that our unique brand of blasphemy and argumentative analysis would simply not be possible without all of the above.

In addition, I would also like to thank:

Mom — for birthing me and everything else ;-)
The St. Louis Cardinals — for giving me a reason to live every spring
The Chicago Whitesox — for being in my neighborhood and luring me in with Connie’s pizza
Dad — for teaching me that I didn’t have to become a Major Leaguer to be successful (though it would’ve certainly helped)
The Chicago Cubs — for dreaming the impossible dream and providing blog fodder galore
Barack Obama — for convincing people that “Yes, We Can”
2007 Ms. Teen South Carolina — for being my US American muse
The Prince of New York – for being my must-read blog of the day, every day
Allison Stokke — for being hot

…and finally…

Mr. Allen Krause — for being a dear friend willing to take my hyperbolic haymakers and verbal vanquishings without being too much of a baby about it.

Recent news has shown us that, indeed, Lord Acton was right: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

But you don’t have to worry about us… we’re just a couple of twelve-year olds trapped in thirty-year old bodies who don’t have the know-how to wield power or even consider being corrupt. 

We love baseball.

And when you really think about it, isn’t that enough?

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeffy

14 Comments

Lots of clapping for being NUMBER ONE! Wow. You guys rock. But why didn’t you thank your agent and your publicist and the person who does your hair?

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Interesting you should ask, Jane. Agent? Publicist? That’d be nice. As for now, my father is the acting agent; mom is our publicist (though Mark Newman has done more than Mom has). As for hairstylist… well, Al is losing his and while I have a full head of healthy, shiny, beautiful hair, I did grow up with six sisters. In other words, I know a thing or two about hair and hair care products. I own stock in Aveda and wouldn’t be caught dead without putting the style on first thing in the morning ;-)
–Jeff

Well deserved. Congratulations!
http://diamondhacks.blogspot.com/

Now boys, your kind words are fostering feelings I’m unfamiliar with—-gratitude, compassion. Please stop.
In this frame of mind, I’ll inform my Sith apprentice to be quick and merciful…er, um, with….heh…bringing you your….drinks, I mean as you await my arrival.
http://paullebowitz.mlblogs.com/

Congrats guys! Just one question – when do we all get our “signing bonuses” for visiting you? Only kidding! Great job — the #1 was well deserved!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Thanks, All!
Paul, your Sith apprentice makes a mighty strong Tanqueray & Tonic. Unfortunately, the force is weak with her and via the Jedi mind trick I was able to turn her into a Phillies fan.
Julia, signing bonuses? Er… um… sure, why not? Will a shout out do?
–Jeff

Congrats on being the pound for pound undisputed champ of MLBlogs in the non-pro blog division, you have a great blog. I think you should get a belt. Get these guys a belt.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Awe-some. Congrats. But do you agree with me that PONY (I never even realized that before) should be a pro blogger. He’s written two books (one novel, one guide), and I’d be *cough*number*cough*39*cough*. Use your connections, Jeff.

Aaron
http://districtboy.mlblogs.com/

Congratulations you guys! You certainly deserve it.
http://newmexicanyanksfan.mlblogs.com

I agree. PONY (I dig the acronym) puts a lot of paid bloggers to shame but don’t tell him I said that ‘cuz he’ll get all bashful and sick his army of Sith lords on us.
–Jeff

Jeff and Allen …

“Congratulations” … On your #1 ranking on the “Top 100″ MLBlogs Fan List, 2008 !!! 2008 has been a great year for you guys; I look forward to more of your interesting thoughts and comments, in 2009 !!! … Jeff, how about a Yankees vs. Cardinals World Series, in ’09 ? … Sorry, Allen, but there can only be one team from the American League in the WS … So, I’ll offer best wishes to you, and your Tigers, winning the AL Central Division, then, we’ll see what happens from there !!! … Anyway, keep up the excellent work here at RSBS; and, Best Wishes, for continued success in 2009 !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Good Job MY Son Now if you could only get the salary of a big leaguer to go with this excellent writing. Oh good job to you too Allen. I don’t want to appear to be showing my favortizm( as you can see I can’t spell like you two) but Jeff is blood you know.

I do kind of favor the mailman though, Baba ;-)

It’s the same type of kindness and selflessness I receive here that inspired Darth Vader to fling the Emperor into the reactor shaft, escape the dark side and return to the persona of Anakin Skywalker.
http://paullebowitz.mlblogs.com/

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