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Thursday, July 08, 2010

BP Unfiltered:  The Suggestion Box Is Open


I'd like to know what you think of BP just past the midpoint of 2010. I'd like to know what you like, what you don't like, what you would like to see more of, what you would like to see less of. I can't promise I'll be able to respond to each comment but I will read them all. What I can promise is that I and the rest of us here will take your feedback into great consideration as we continue to strive to make BP the type of site that baseball fans feel they absolutely must visit every day.



BP staff member Joe Sheehan

That, more or less, is why forums are basically a non-starter. All cost, no revenue.

TangoTiger

Fangraphs has forums, and they don't charge their readers. Primer has forums, and they don't charge their readers. You've got to have a better reason for not having a forum considering that you are already charging readers.

BP staff member Joe Sheehan

How about this?

I've done sports content as a business for 15 years. By any standard I'm one of a small number of people to do it successfully outside the mainstream, I've played most of the roles one can play and holy god I'm sick of listening to you act as if you've had 1% of the success the people you criticize have had. How about you grant that I might know what I'm talking about, given that sports content has been my career, without me having to make a business case to someone with no standing to ask for one?

Fangraphs, as far as I can tell, is financed by a rich grandpa. Primer/BTF/Newsstand/Brand of the Day isn't a business in any real sense of the word, it's r.s.b ported to the Web and stripped of its spark. That you would make these comparisons shows just how little you understand of Prospectus, how little you've ever understood.

Stick to being an academic, Thomas. Stick to your sycophant-laden fora and your above-it-all mien. Stop jumping in here and cheap-shotting a business that you've never comprehended on your best day.
Dan Szymborski Posted: July 08, 2010 at 07:51 PM | 799 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   701. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 05:59 PM (#3586956)
You should see how I treat people I really don't like.
   702. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:02 PM (#3586962)
You should see how I treat people I really don't like.

<shooty sneaks out of the room>
   703. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:06 PM (#3586967)
I don't know you well enough to not like you.
   704. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:07 PM (#3586970)
Ray:

The plum glaze was a big hit. Now, doing ribs for fifteen is a bit of a challenge because I had to boil all the glaze at one time followed by straining it. And that be a lot of glaze.


I tried to grill ribs, for the first time, a couple months ago. I failed miserably. Turned into one big inferno and they ended up scorched on the outside but raw on the inside.

I've been using the excuse that it was a poor cut of meat.

I can only imagine what would have happened had I tried to grill ribs and game chatter at the same time, while drinking gin and tonics and boiling and straining glaze. Damned house would have gone up in flames. Though it wasn't my house, so there's that.
   705. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:08 PM (#3586973)
I don't know you well enough to not like you.

Now my feelings are hurt.
   706. SoSH U at work Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:08 PM (#3586974)
See what you guys are missing by not hanging around the Lounge.
   707. bunyon Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:12 PM (#3586978)
But I managed. And further validation as to why having a beagle as a house dog is critical to any cook. Covers for those minor mishaps that get overly neat wives in a tizzy...................

Okay, you're baseball knowledge is one thing, but I feel I can hang there. But with this, I have to bow to the master and humbly ask, "But what if your wife is violently allergic to dogs?"
   708. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:13 PM (#3586979)
late to the party, like any good angelino.

i grew up a cardinal fan -- it came about because i had to do a book report on a biography about dizzy dean in 3rd or 4th grade, but i really didn't think much about baseball, i just played it a lot in the street. a year or two later i was reading the comics in the newspaper, which is really my first love (comics that is) and then i noticed on the sports page that there were box scores, and i saw that there were box scores for cardinal games. it had never occurred to me that the cardinals were still playing baseball and stuff like that. hey, i was just a kid. so i started reading the box scores. this had to be 1965 or so, because the cards didn't make the series. but then they won those pennants in 67 and 68 and brother i was hooked. those guys have given me thrills and heartbreak ever since.
i stumbled on primer sometime around 2000 or 2001 and date back to the days of rich rifkin's extra long intros and admiral ackbar and mike piazza.
since i'm a rabid card fan, i wanted to have a clever card themed handle, so merged 'fredbird' with the odd spelling of 'phred' from doonesbury. no real reason, just wanted to be unique. i've only added 'baseballing powerhouse' to my handle and something else a while back, but i've been 'phredbird' pretty much constantly.
now that i've moved to the west coast and i get to watch a lot of dodger games i feel like i'm a better fan and more in love with the game than ever. i have a strong secondary fandom for the dodgers now -- always liked the jackie robinson saga and the brooklyn stuff, and living here doesn't hurt.
bbc and i are facebook friends, and anybody else who wants to friend me is more than welcome. i'm also friends with steve treder and joe bivens, so if you triangulate you can figure me out. not that i mind anybody knowing my real name is robert.
   709. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:15 PM (#3586981)
Shooty - I would help with keeping a book review forum fresh.

Sheer Tim Foli is, firstly, an homage to the man who played shortstop for my beloved Expos when I began following baseball in the mid 70s. Years later I found he was nicknamed "Crazy Horse" and once punished himself after a minor league multi-error game by sneaking onto to the field and spending the night at his position! (Although I have also since read he did it because his house was too crowded - either way he spent the night in a sleeping bag between second and third).

I added Sheer before the name as a reference to the tone and content of my posts: "Sheer Folly" - although Foli is not pronounced that way. I was hoping the tag would raise a familiarity to the phrase "Sheer Folly" without being immediately obvious. Ideally I wanted the casual reader to feel the reference was just out of reach. Anytime a reader feels the need to stop to consider before reading further I feel the writer has accomplished something.
   710. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:16 PM (#3586982)
Ray:

The key phrase in grilling is "low and slow". Low heat. Take your time. Gives you a chance to chit chat and drink as well as an added bonus.
   711. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:18 PM (#3586985)
Davey and Ray Ray:

Just because I think you two are complete ####### dickheads with the intellectual honesty of a dead flea and I think your political philosophy is laughable and completely unrealistic and malleable to whatever you want it to be doesn't mean I hate you.

Tools.

I look at you two with disgust like looking at a maggot infested roadkill on the side of the road.

Clear?


Semi-strong stuff, but it could have been worse. Just imagine if you two were Yankees fans.
   712. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:18 PM (#3586988)
But what if your wife is violently allergic to dogs?"

Easy answer: Divorce.

Cheaper route: 'Boating accident'

Barring that you could invest in one of those contrived breeds that are designed for the allergy plagued. Labrapoodle is one. Labrador/Poodle mix. I am not aware of any beagle mixes.
   713. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:19 PM (#3586990)
I pity Yankee fans.
   714. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:20 PM (#3586992)
Don't get a Schnoodle. They are a pain in the ass.
   715. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:20 PM (#3586993)
Shooty - I would help with keeping a book review forum fresh.

Here we are powers that be. Here we are!
   716. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:23 PM (#3586996)
They are a pain in the ass.

What happened? Did you come in heat?
   717. Spahn Insane Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:24 PM (#3586999)
At last year's SABR convention, I was a passenger in Larry Mahnken's car when he was in an accident -- I was uninjured, but he later described me as "collateral damage." I liked that and added it.

How in the world did I miss hearing about this? Glad you (and Larry) are OK, in any event.
   718. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:26 PM (#3587004)
What happened? Did you come in heat?


That was the cat.


The Schnoodle keeps eating things it shouldnt like chocolate ant tylenol and she smells funny and howls.
   719. Bernal Diaz has an angel on his shoulder Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:30 PM (#3587008)
Plus I don't like dogs that need haircuts.
   720. bunyon Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:30 PM (#3587007)
Harvey, it is unfortunate as she is more upset at not having dogs/cats than I am, and that's saying something. She's also a vegetarian. That's really all the negative I have to say about her.

Anyway, my solution has been to simply act the part of the dog and quickly eat up the mistakes myself.
   721. Arthur Pewty Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:31 PM (#3587009)
I am not aware of any beagle mixes.

What about the Bachsundeagle? Or the Puggle? Or the Blhasa Apseagle? All AKC recognized.
   722. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:36 PM (#3587013)
chocolate ant tylenol


That's my favorite Guided by Voices song.
   723. The Good Face Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:36 PM (#3587014)
I am not aware of any beagle mixes.

What about the Bachsundeagle? Or the Puggle? Or the Blhasa Apseagle? All AKC recognized.


Puggles are damned cute dogs. I'm impressed somebody finally found a use for pugs after all these years.
   724. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:37 PM (#3587016)
Gabriel:

As a hound man of now 70 odd years I make it a point to not acknowledge these b*stardizations of a proud breed............
   725. Jay Z Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:44 PM (#3587031)
Still cannot really sort out what got into Sixto Lezcano.


Maybe he lied about his age.

Sixto would always manage to miss 15-20 games a year even when he didn't have any specific injury. Not a great sign for a long career.

Jay Z is my real name too, ya wussies. Abbreviated, anyway. Rapper uses a dash, not the same. Not that anyone ever responds to my posts anyway. Then again, I'm not in the 10,000 post club.
   726. base ball chick Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:45 PM (#3587033)
bunyon

i couldn't live with any man if we couldn't have a dog. because then he would have to hear all the stuff i just tell the Dog...
   727. Arthur Pewty Posted: July 12, 2010 at 06:50 PM (#3587041)
As a hound man of now 70 odd years I make it a point to not acknowledge these b*stardizations of a proud breed.

Yes, but only a bastard breed has the fine motor skills necessary to open a bottle of Tylenol.
   728. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:00 PM (#3587053)
i couldn't live with any man if we couldn't have a dog. because then he would have to hear all the stuff i just tell the Dog...

This is an awesome quote.
   729. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:04 PM (#3587058)
phredbird, since you're in this thread...did you see Harvey Pekar passed away? This has been a brutal week for Cleveland.
   730. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:04 PM (#3587059)
bbc:

My wife chatters to the house dogs all day. I only catch snippets along the lines of "You want to eat Harvey's face?"
   731. base ball chick Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:12 PM (#3587066)
Dayn Posted: July 12, 2010 at 03:00 PM (#3587053)

i couldn't live with any man if we couldn't have a dog. because then he would have to hear all the stuff i just tell the Dog...

This is an awesome quote


- smile
it is an awesome truth
bcause truth is that Husband he don't WANNA hear bout what charlene and shaniqua said about their bf and their kids and their co-workers and their bosses and what someone else said about all that then why someone else said it and how they felt and what they were wearing when they said it and how their hair looks like shtt and then how i told my mama all that and what she done told me and what shaniqua said when she hear that and then when she told her bf what my mama sez and how her bf don't care none and

and usually the poor boy tired when he come home from work and he wants his dinner instead of all that so he OWES barry lamar Dog and Dog Pappas a nice long walk you see where i'm goin with this...
   732. villageidiom Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:56 PM (#3587129)
I live in the town of Manchester, CT, the City of Village Charm. Hence, "village". I went with "idiom" for a few reasons, most of which I can no longer remember. But one of them was that I was on the Neyer boards, and I figured I could easily filter out the Neanderthals because they would think themselves clever by changing it to "idiot". I was correct. Haven't needed such a filter here very often.

I've met a few Primates at the Boston meetup, and I shared my real name (and mrsidiom's name) there. GGC was there, but he knew my real name from a few e-mail exchanges prior to that. Otherwise I prefer anonymity because... well, no rational reason, really. I just prefer it. Although I'm social I also enjoy isolation, and I already have far more demands on my attention than I'd like, so I prefer to maintain some distance. To wit, I'm the highest-commenting member who doesn't provide an e-mail link.

I also have two other accounts here, both of which contribute less substance than anything I contribute from this account. I'll use them downthread somewhere.
   733. CrosbyBird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 07:58 PM (#3587131)
i do feel kind of sorry for the houston chronicle reporter though...

Wow, that's not you? I remember discovering a few online articles around the time that people were mentioning your blog, and I just assumed it was the same person.

I found your posts here more interesting, so I didn't do much heavy research on the matter. :)
   734. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:02 PM (#3587140)
phredbird, since you're in this thread...did you see Harvey Pekar passed away? This has been a brutal week for Cleveland.


oh gosh. i missed that. very sad. his work, especially the stuff he did with crumb, is excellent.
   735. The 15-Day DL Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:03 PM (#3587143)
I miss Griffey.
   736. crickets Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:05 PM (#3587146)
chirp chirp chirp
   737. Benji Gil Gamesh Rises Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:05 PM (#3587147)
So if your handle is something other than your real name, maybe you can post a brief blurb explaining it.


I had just read The Great American Novel, and at the time the 3-name Bermanesque handles were somewhat in vogue, so I became Benji Gil Gamesh (Gil Gamesh being a pitcher and key character in the novel, for those who haven't read it).

I probably would have long since changed it but someone (tfbg9?) called it "the best handle on the site" and yes I am vain enough for that to affect me. :)

And then last year when we had the threads based on guys ranting about "stat zombies" plus the NY-centric guy who said that someone's comments "reeked of anti-Yankee bias" that was merged into it. (Though that was meant to be a temporary thing that will probably disappear when I'm not being so lazy.)
   738. CrosbyBird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:07 PM (#3587151)
Are those supposed to be funny, or some kind of post-modern anti-humor?

They're hit or miss. I've seen some that were incredibly funny, and many that I just sort of didn't get. The ones with lawyers are usually my favorite.

Then again, my exposure to them is almost exclusively in doctors' waiting rooms.
   739. Jack Keefe Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:08 PM (#3587155)
Hey Al now they want to know what our real names are and how did we get our Handles. Well my real name is Jack Keefe and I pitch for the Chi. White Sox and I go by the name Jack Keefe on Primer because it is my real name. I do not know why any 1 would want to know this and I just stopt by because I heard there was video of some 75 Year Old Man punching Jose Cansecco in the Bread Basket and I had to see that Al now I am off and maybe I will write on my Blog about how the All Star Game is illegitmitate because for the Nth year in a Row they did not choose Keefe it looks like I will have to sit home and shoot Casino with Audrey Huff again this Year.
   740. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:12 PM (#3587164)
american splendor is a favorite movie of mine, mostly for the fact that pekar himself participated and found a way to insert his own opinion about giamatti being someone who didn't really look like him.
   741. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:18 PM (#3587176)
i couldn't live with any man if we couldn't have a dog. because then he would have to hear all the stuff i just tell the Dog...

More proof that the dog is man's best friend.

BTW how does the dog reply? Does he just keep barking out "Yes, dear..."?
   742. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:19 PM (#3587181)
How in the world did I miss hearing about this? Glad you (and Larry) are OK, in any event.

My first thought was "who are you?" until I saw your avatar. Anyway, it was last summer and Larry was driving AJM, GGC, and I from DC to Baltimore to catch the SABR game. It had just rained and as we were heading out of DC, Larry came over the crest of a hill to see a spot light. He hit the brakes, but his car slid into the back of one stopped at the light. Everyone was ok except Larry's car (totaled) and his self-esteem (which couldn't be lowered).

Good times.
   743. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 08:19 PM (#3587184)
btw, if i can play the age card (i think harveys and one or two others are the only guys older than me around here), it would be nice if some of you youngsters would contribute to the site since you seem to like it so much. not too many handles on here with the little diamond icon on them.

*using the 'dad glare'*
   744. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 09:58 PM (#3587291)
uh, sorry, didn't mean to kill the thread.
   745. Jeff R., P***y Mainlander Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM (#3587304)
Dog Pappas


I've always smiled at "Barry Lamar Dog," but "Dog Pappas" is making me laugh out loud. Brilliant.
   746. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:23 PM (#3587308)
phredbird, as penance you should game chatter play by play an imaginary All Star Game, a la Randall MacMurphy.

Begin.
   747. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:25 PM (#3587309)
I wanted to name our English Mastiff "Big Puppy" (Red Sox fan), but my wife vetoed it, saying she didn't want a female dog named after Ortiz.
   748. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:56 PM (#3587331)
american splendor is a favorite movie of mine

Me, too. Honestly, I'd never heard of Pekar until the movie. I thought that was the best biopic I've ever seen. Most biopics are just a recitation of facts and that's one of the only one's that ever tried to get at the heart of what made the artist interesting enough for a movie to begin with.
   749. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM (#3587332)
So if your handle is something other than your real name, maybe you can post a brief blurb explaining it.


A vortex of dissipation is the condition of letting yourself sink into a life of meaningless diversion. Such as spending hours a day at a baseball think factory...

The phrase is a chapter title in Amanda Foreman's Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which I was reading at the time of the new registration.

It was also used by Jane Austen as an example of a cliche to avoid:

"I wish you would not let him 'plunge into a vortex of dissipation.' I do not object to the thing, but I cannot bear the expression; it is such thorough novel slang; and so old that I dare say Adam met with it in the first novel he opened."
   750. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:16 PM (#3587345)
hello everybody and welcome to the all star game here in beautiful anaheim. i'm tim mccarver and my booth buddy today is randall macmurphy and --

koufax. koufax kicks. he delivers --

what? what? yeah, koufax had a mean fastball, why i can remember --

it's up the middle! it's a basehit!

guh?

richardson is rounding first he's going for second!

i don't remember bobby in any allstar games but in the 64 series he --

the ball's into deep right center! davis is over to cut the ball off! here comes the throw richardson is over to second he's in there he's safe! he's on second! it's a double he's in there
and look at richardson he's on second base koufax is in trouble he's in big f-in trouble big trouble baby!

uh, let's go down to the field for the introductions --

all right tresh is the next batter! tresh looks in, koufax. koufax gets the sign from roseboro he kicks once he pumps he fires --

you knew he was throwing a fastball and you still couldn't do anything about it!

it's a strike! koufax's curve is snapping off like a f-in firecracker!

see when you were looking for the fastball then sandy would throw his big breaking ball and gibby would get mad at me for swingin at it--

allright here he comes with his next pitch! tresh swings! its a long fly ball to deep left center! it's going! it's going! its gone!!! (broadcast booth erupts) somebody get me a f--ing weiner before i die!!!! koufax looks down, he's looking at the great mickey mantle now. here comes the pitch. mantle swings! it's a f-in home run!!!!

voice of bud selig: gentlemen, stop this! stop this immediately! the game is suspended!
   751. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:25 PM (#3587354)
I probably would have long since changed it but someone (tfbg9?) called it "the best handle on the site" and yes I am vain enough for that to affect me. :)
That was me. But I thought it was a reference to Gilgamesh (as in "Epic of") rather than a character in a novel. Never mind, feel free to change it :)

The story of my name is a simple one. I started as TwoAlous because when I first registered here (early 2005) the Giants had just signed Moises Alou to go with Felipe. Then they left, one after the other, so I went to OneAlou and then AlouGoodbye.
   752. Morty Causa Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:27 PM (#3587356)
Little boy wails as Mantle keeps circling the bases ad infinitum: "Mick, come back! Come back, Mick!"
   753. phredbird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM (#3587363)
But I thought it was a reference to Gilgamesh (as in "Epic of") rather than a character in a novel.


in 'the great american novel' Gil Gamesh was the son of babylonian immigrants. he rebelled against his father who could not speak proper english and so became a ballplayer instead of going to work in the family trade so, yeah, it is sort of a reference to gilgamesh.
   754. Gaelan Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM (#3587385)
Seriously, I usually stay in the Lounge and don't venture onto the mainland unless I find something of interest. Even then, I usually don't check out threads once they get past the first page -- which I'm ignoring here. It's been a good rule of thumb, IMO; after the first page, things all-too-often devolve into an offtopic flamefest.


You are the anti-me. I went to the lounge once and hated it. And usually I don't click on a thread until it reaches 100 posts. It usually takes at least that long to get interesting.
   755. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:57 PM (#3587391)
Just because I think you two are complete ####### dickheads with the intellectual honesty of a dead flea and I think your political philosophy is laughable and completely unrealistic and malleable to whatever you want it to be doesn't mean I hate you.


If it makes you guys feel better, I totally hate you when I deign to condescend to you.

s/
   756. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: July 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM (#3587392)
There are many ways in which Gaelan and I have intersecting Venn diagrams. And there are ways in which the divergence is notably infinite.
   757. zenbitz Posted: July 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM (#3587400)
Zenbitz is a pseudo-anagram of my real name "Ben Hitz". Or maybe a pseudo-spoonerism.

I have been using since I discovered USENET in the mid 90s. I mostly come here for political talk. For baseball I go to mccoveychronicles.
   758. base ball chick Posted: July 13, 2010 at 12:38 AM (#3587488)
Jolly Old St. Neck Wound, Marching Through Georgia Posted: July 12, 2010 at 04:18 PM (#3587176)

i couldn't live with any man if we couldn't have a dog. because then he would have to hear all the stuff i just tell the Dog...

More proof that the dog is man's best friend.

BTW how does the dog reply? Does he just keep barking out "Yes, dear..."?


- well, barry lamar Dog sits looking adoringly at me, wags his tail, waits for me to give him a milk bone just about the time he seems to be losing attention

hmmmmmmmmm

males are all the same, seem to me

dog pappas he gots a very VERY short attention span unless i remember to say the word WALK!!! every 90 seconds - but then he runs to get his leash bcause he figures i just might could mean it THIS time

now jana brattain Dog, she talks right back...

kevin F. Dog - well he didn't do no listening, just yapping (which is why he don't live with us...)

and joe,

ah LUUUVVVVVS "big puppy" - it's clever

and is bettern what i would have to call our faded star - big P.U. muh

besides i already named a litter of puppies after the astros players...
   759. base ball chick Posted: July 13, 2010 at 12:59 AM (#3587540)
CrosbyBird Posted: July 12, 2010 at 03:58 PM (#3587131)

i do feel kind of sorry for the houston chronicle reporter though...

Wow, that's not you?


- no, she's not
i didn't know there was an actual bona fide certified journalist reporter for the local rag or i would have used a different name to blog.

i found out about her when she emailed me - told me she got LOTS of letters/emails asking her about astros stuff and also a lot of people stopping her to talk astros and some guys when they met her getting all happy and wanting to talk astros and then everyone being disappointed when she said she didn't know nothing about sports...
   760. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:04 AM (#3587553)
american splendor is a favorite movie of mine, mostly for the fact that pekar himself participated and found a way to insert his own opinion about giamatti being someone who didn't really look like him.

I latched on to American Splendor at issue #2. It's the best serial depiction of contemporary American life in my lifetime, beating early Roseanne and the Simpsons easily.

I thought the movie was wonderful.

My formal name is Edmund, my French teacher in HS called me Edmundo and it stuck as a HS only nickname (other than my wife). I didn't use my surname because of uniqueness/work issues and when my kids were little, I was overly careful about internet exposure.

I used to hang out at rsbb; I think I once happened on a Neyer article that mentioned this site and I was hooked, somewhere around 2002. I mostly lurk but love word play so I will pounce upon fun typos.

Jolly Old St. Neck Wound, I'll take credit for your name.
   761. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:07 AM (#3587558)
Could have been worse for "the other Lisa", Lisa. Just imagine how many misdirected letters that Karl Marx (the London pastry chef) got over the years.
   762. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:12 AM (#3587568)
Jolly Old St. Neck Wound, I'll take credit for your name.

So that was you who picked up on that brief feud between the Dixie Neck Stabber and the Jolly Yankee Fan? All of my handles have been shamelessly stolen from hints or suggestions, but I have a hard time remembering who suggested which ones, except for the obvious one I got from John Sterling.
   763. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:18 AM (#3587584)
I like how Ray "apologized" twice without actually saying "I'm sorry"; you may consider this an official apology is such a soothing phrase.
   764. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:33 AM (#3587612)
Dixie Neck Stabber

Well, this certainly should've been the name of a masked wrestler back in the early 80s. I can almost hear the dulcet tones of Gordon Solie ...
   765. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:36 AM (#3587613)
Dixie Neck Stabber


I dare you to come to SABR and have sushi with me and say that!
   766. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:38 AM (#3587614)
bk:

It's irrelevant to me. I just wish I had a primer for what is and is not acceptable posting behavior. I know not to write in all caps as that is 'shouting'. After that I am clueless.
   767. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:42 AM (#3587627)
I posted on the Neyer Message Board under "Captain Trunk", but abandoned that soon after coming here. I'm pretty sure I was on the Neyer board in 2001 because I remember one of the posters there, Ducksnort, was talking about being a pilot. I thought that Ducksnort came here under Miserlou, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, I was here enough by May of 2002 that when I first heard of Giambi-Mabry, my first thought was "What are the Primer folks going to say about this" and I came to the site pretty quickly. So I must have moved over in late 2001.

I post here under my real name. Although Dial may not think so, since on at least 2 occasions he's referred to me as "Greg 'the' Pope" for some reason. I'm not sure why.
   768. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: July 13, 2010 at 01:46 AM (#3587630)
I just wish I had a primer for what is and is not acceptable posting behavior.


When I finally find the line of demarcation that gets me booted, I'll email you.
   769. villageidiom Posted: July 13, 2010 at 02:09 AM (#3587656)
I wanted to name our English Mastiff "Big Puppy" (Red Sox fan), but my wife vetoed it, saying she didn't want a female dog named after Ortiz.
So you named the dog after Ellsbury?
   770. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: July 13, 2010 at 02:23 AM (#3587684)
I thought that Ducksnort came here under Miserlou, but I'm not sure about that.


Yes. One and the same. I dropped the DS moniker shortly after migrating here, as that was the title of a team blog at the time, and people here thought I was the author. I tried out a couple of different handles pre-registration: Teddy Salad (from Monty Python), and Mr. AtoZ (from Star Trek). I went to Misirlou after the switchover, for no other reason than I liked the song (the Dick Dale version, the one used in Pulp Fiction), and it was an interesting and unusual name. I've since acquired the habit of many in varying it from time to time, while keeping the well known original somewhere. The current variation comes of course from BNL's "One Week".
   771. WillYoung Posted: July 13, 2010 at 02:55 AM (#3587736)
Well my name is Will Young and a few years ago I was at a Twins game with Aaron Gleeman and Greg Tamer and murdered a beach ball with the pen I was using to keep score.
   772. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:17 AM (#3587756)
Dixie Neck Stabber

I dare you to come to SABR and have sushi with me and say that!


Only if it's made with rare roast beef. My pool room name is Taxi, not Seattle Sam or Frisco Jack. No raw fish, and no snails.
   773. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:24 AM (#3587759)
I like how Ray "apologized" twice without actually saying "I'm sorry"; you may consider this an official apology is such a soothing phrase.


There are these things called lives. Get one.
   774. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:27 AM (#3587762)
Well my name is Will Young and a few years ago I was at a Twins game with Aaron Gleeman and Greg Tamer and murdered a beach ball with the pen I was using to keep score.

You, sir, are a hero.

I was "Scott Leius ex machina" for a while, but no one seemed to think it was as witty as I did.

Rooting interests ... Inherited my Cardinal fandom from my Dad. He grew up in Alabama, and in his day the Cardinals were the team of the South. It stuck.

Almost every summer when I was growing up, we made the 13 hour trek to St. Louis from south Mississippi to see a weekend series. My mom would do needlepoint in stands while we watched the game.

Also, the radio in our house couldn't pick up KMOX, but the radio in my Dad's Datsun pickup could. So some nights we'd sit in the driveway and listen to the game on his truck radio. That will always be one of my fondest memories.
   775. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:34 AM (#3587770)
Almost every summer when I was growing up, we made the 13 hour trek to St. Louis from south Mississippi to see a weekend series. My mom would do needlepoint in stands while we watched the game.

Also, the radio in our house couldn't pick up KMOX, but the radio in my Dad's Datsun pickup could. So some nights we'd sit in the driveway and listen to the game on his truck radio. That will always be one of my fondest memories.


Are you sure you don't live in a John Grisham book?
   776. base ball chick Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:52 AM (#3587785)
my mama was a cardinals fan when she was a grrrl because she could pick up KMOX on her little AM radio in dallas tx

sounds like dayn's daddy
   777. Lassus Posted: July 13, 2010 at 04:43 AM (#3587807)
flippo!
   778. Lassus Posted: July 13, 2010 at 04:46 AM (#3587809)
My name is a composer just obscure enough to the mainstream that I can pretty much use the name all across the internet without having to add an annoying number or something.

I joined here in 2007 at the urging of offline friend and HOMer Mark Donelson, and my post count is distressingly high in the interim. I think I lurked for about a year before posting anything.

I remain anonymous mostly because of my work, which is very specific and quite easily track-downable.
   779. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: July 13, 2010 at 11:36 AM (#3587859)
You are the anti-me. I went to the lounge once and hated it. And usually I don't click on a thread until it reaches 100 posts. It usually takes at least that long to get interesting.

Gaelan, is this why I can't summon you in shorter threads that talk about DIPS?
   780. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: July 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM (#3587862)
Lassus and Vaux post here. I bet there's some early music board where Musial and Matthewson hang out.
   781. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: July 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM (#3587863)
Gaelan, is this why I can't summon you in shorter threads that talk about DIPS?


You have to say his name 3 times.
   782. bunyon Posted: July 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM (#3587872)
It's irrelevant to me. I just wish I had a primer for what is and is not acceptable posting behavior. I know not to write in all caps as that is 'shouting'. After that I am clueless.

Eh, post anything you like. Folks will ignore it if they don't want to talk about it. If it makes them angry, I'd argue it was a good post.


Will Young, did you happen to post on the Neyer board as heltrskelr? That guy was a Twins fan and he posted a beautiful, angry rant when Twins contraction seemed likely. I've wondered where he ended up and have enjoyed the Twins run of success in the 00s a lot more because of him. (If anyone else here is heltr - congratulations, I say to you).
   783. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 13, 2010 at 12:27 PM (#3587880)
I was "Scott Leius ex machina" for a while, but no one seemed to think it was as witty as I did.

FWIW, I liked it.
   784. Ron J Posted: July 13, 2010 at 03:37 PM (#3588190)
You used to be able to summon Keith Woolner by using VORP in a usenet post.
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