My strategy with this site is to generally try and stay a post or two ahead. It’s a byproduct of my days as a journalist; a competent writer is always thinking of the next story, particularly if they write freelance, and a good story will sometimes spin out two or three others. To that end, I’ve got a few logs in the blog fire, so to speak. Here are a few things I’m interested in writing about:
- When I first contacted David McCarthy, the executive director of the Ted Williams Museum in Florida, we discussed the possibility of having a conversation at some point since McCarthy had known Williams for nearly 20 years. I emailed McCarthy yesterday about having the conversation this week and think it would make a dynamite post for this site.
- A friend of a friend is playing independent league ball in the Midwest. He’s 26 and had been an outfielder in the A’s organization up to last year. I’m interested in writing about how we know in life if and when it’s time to move on from something we love and what keeps us from leaving.
- At some point, three new book reviews should be forthcoming. I have been reading Chief Bender’s Burden, which is good but taking longer than expected to finish. After that, I have two other books from its publisher to read: Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball and 1921: The Yankees, the Giants and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York. As I’ve mentioned before, I will review any baseball book that’s sent to me, though if it winds up sucking, I will likely make note of that here, too.
Also, there’s one other thing I can mention now. A month or so ago, one of the administrators of this site approached me about being part of a group blog on the San Francisco Giants. I subsequently recruited three friends to be part of the effort, and on Monday evening, I got an email from another of the administrators saying the new site had launched. I am going to hold off on posting the URL here until we get some content live, but that will hopefully be within a week. Stay tuned.
I plan to contribute one post a week to the new blog, give or take. For me, it will be a side project to this site. To fellow twenty-somethings who like alternative rock, I would say that metaphorically the site you’re on now is like Death Cab for Cutie while the new one will be my Postal Service. To the older set: If this site is like The Beatles for me, perhaps the new one could be my own personal Wings. Maybe I’m amazed at the chance to have two baseball blogs instead of one.