Shrinking the World through Major League Baseball

jeff lung and randy stern.jpgTomorrow, February 13, 2011, will mark RSBSthird year anniversary!  And, dear readers, I can honestly say that the pure joy associated with co-writing this little corner of the MLBlogosphere knows no limit. 

Perhaps the most soothing lesson I have learned the last three years is that I am not alone.

The world is full of baseball dorks!

And the interwebs make them easy to find.

Where once I was shunned, asked to change the subject, to curb my obsessive-compulsive instincts for all things baseball, now I have found solace and freedom and ecstasy knowing that I’m just one of many brilliant baseball fanatics eager to share his voice.  To borrow a line from Chico Escuela, “beisbol (and technocracy) has been berry good to me.”

And this shrinking of the universe is no more relevant then when attending MLBlog summits like the one I had earlier this week with displaced Dodger fan turned Minnesota Twins supporter, Randy Stern, author of The Heirloom.  Though we had never officially “met”, our mutual understanding of one another was immediately apparent as our conversation dipped and turned and shimmied all-things-MLB.  Hell, we’ve been reading each others’ work for a couple years now… and if you can’t get a good grasp of who someone is through his/her writing, then something ain’t right.  (Maybe you need reading glasses?)

So on this lazy Saturday afternoon before Big League camps open up to start another exciting season, take a second to reflect on the beauty that is this MLB online community; and know that if you’re ever in the Chi, you got a friend in me!

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right!  Especially today!




Happy Anniversary! Three years of RSBS is something to celebrate, so break out the party hats. You guys always have something interesting to say, so keep up the great work.

Three years, wow. I just passed one year.

I read Randy’s account of your meeting. Sounds like a good time.

Happy birthday to RSBS, back in the day when it all started you used to sign off with ‘Jeffy’… and as you ended your first post “I love this *******’ game.” never a truer word said or written, well maybe one or two


Happy three-year anniversary, RSBS! You guys make the Blogopshere a safer place from insanity! Thanks, Jeff, Allan, Johanna, Keith, Pie and the rest of Team RSBS for making it so!

– Randy

Thanks Jeff and Al for the countless blogs that made us laugh, cry, and say ‘WTF?’. It’s like we’re a big baseball family. When i get back to a game in the Chi area, I’ll let you know. Let me know when you’ll be in Michigan, and we’ll catch a game and a beer.

Jane — Thanks! Much appreciated!
Russel — Keep up the good work yourself, man.
Peter — You’re right. I’m still Jeffy, but really only my family calls me that so I stopped using it. I still love this ***ing game😉
Mike — You bet! And here’s to more “WTF” moments!

Am I The Godfather of this online community?

I raise a glass to the two funniest baseball men on the planet (sorry Andy Sonnanstine and Dirk Hayhurst).
Still doesn’t feel like three years of “Jesus Hates the Cubs”, or podcasts that have you going “hmmmm?”
Plenty of more great goodies to unwrap, digest and savory in the coming months and I know RSBS will dish it up hot and spicy.

Rays Renegade

Congratulations on your anniversary! Red State Blue State is one of my favorite blogs in the ‘sphere. I think Mike said it best with the “blogs that make us laugh, cry and say WTF” comment. Here’s to another year of even more…especially the WTF blogs!

Prince — Of course! I wouldn’t have it any other way!
RR — Grazie! Glass finished… all of ’em😉
Kristen — “WTF” is my middle name😉

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