2008: Rest In Peace (Part II)

RSBS_Mlb.made.LOGO.jpgMan, I gotta tell you. For as good as 2008 was at times, overall it was a brutal trip for those of us hailing from mitten shaped states. The Wolverines missed out on a bowl berth for the first time in 3 decades (that’s a score and a half for those keeping score at home), the Lions accomplished perfection as only Matt Millen could define it and the Tigers, after starting off the season as almost everyone’s pick to win the World Series, somehow found a way to not only lose continuously but also trade for Kyle Farnsworth. Seriously guys, Farnsworth?

But now is the time of year when we get a chance to refocus on the good things and be grateful for what we have. And honestly, we have a lot to be thankful for here at RSBS. First off, it’s great to be part of a community that appreciates baseball and politics the same way that Jeff and I do. And it’s also great to work on this project with one of my best friends who also happens to be a cunning linguist and master baseball intellect.

Granted, we don’t always agree and it’s sad that Jeff holds so much hope for the city of St. Louis (even if it doesn’t always seem that way) but, despite our differences (especially when it comes to Erin Andrews), I still have nothing but respect for Mr. Lung and his bitterness when it comes to the things bringing down our nation (mainly Sarah Palin and the Chicago Cubs, if his posts are any indication).

However, for the purposes of this end of the year reminiscing, th rules are that we are limited to choosing three of the other person’s posts that really do it for us (in that Sarah Palin firing an automatic weapon sort of way). So, without any further ado, here we go.

Honorable Mention:

Yankees Broaden Scouting Map — December 14, 2008
Sometimes short entries can say it all and that’s definitely the case with this one. Nothing else distills the essence of RSBS like scouting the Iraqi shoe-thrower.

1st Runner Up:

(Don’t) Try This at Home — October 15, 2008
Since both baseball and politics often lead people to drink, it’s only fitting that a blog purporting to cover both subjects should provide a guide. In the pantheon of drinking games, this one ranks right up there.

Runner Up:

Freakazoids and Oddities — December 5, 2008
I don’t know if Jeff just ran out of ideas and started looking at search results or what lead to this post but the fact that “Wemen hitting mens balls” is one of the most popular strings leading people to RSBS is certainly change we can believe in.

And finally, the Winner:

Time for a Major League Intervention – August 19, 2008
I still remember sitting down and reading this entry for the first time and thinking it was one of the most brilliant, insightful and intense pieces I had ever read. They can’t all be like this but I do think this piece is one of the main reasons why our readers keep coming back.

So, that’s it for me and that’s it for 2008. Pitchers and catchers report in just a little while and you can be sure that we’re still going to be here doing what we do.

-A

8 Comments

Good work guys. Been a good read since I came aboard and I look forward to more of the same in ’09. I also give you much props for adding cunning linguist into any post. Mucho gusto! Cheers to ’09.
tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Again – brilliant gentleman! Thanks for giving us something to laugh each day. Since I am a little late coming to this party I enjoyed reading some your best of the year! Here’s the 2009 – may all our teams do well and may we all have plenty to write about. Happy New Years guys!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I must say that I’ve enjoyed reading your blog very much. I’m a Tigers fan myself (Sorry, Jeff. lol). I’ve been trying to get a blog going, but I’m not nearly as eloquent or diligent as you guys. I’ve read your posts every day, even through this off season! Thanks for being there with insightful and often hilarious comments on baseball, politics, and life in general. Happy New Year!
Katie
http://tigerfan22.mlblogs.com/

You guys make a great team – sort of a Stewart/Colbert, perhaps? Here’s hoping you’ll bring us more insight and levity in the new year. Best to you both.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Thank you all for your kind, kind words! Tom, how about “colorado cunning linguist”? Even better, eh?
Julia — You’re awesome. I love how you and Jane are so cool together despite the fact your teams and contemporaries hate each other.
Katie — Thanks for the accolades and for dropping off your URL. We’ll definitely check you out. Al needs some sort of support anyway.
Jane — You’re a paragon of kindness/intellect/fandom — a must read, must keep-up with icon whom we’re all trying to emulate. Keep comin’ back ;-)
Happy New Year, All.
–Jeff

Great blog guys! Thanks to the links to some of the best ones that I missed since I joined in October. Can’t wait to be reading next year!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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