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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Mac Thomason Dies

This is a post I never wanted to write, but I knew that I would have to. Mac Thomason passed away on Saturday, September 1, following a three-and-a-half-year battle with testicular cancer.

CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4225141)
And yet, Melky Cabrerra still lives. The injustices of this world are endless.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4225142)
Terrible news. RIP Mac.
   3. TerpNats Posted: September 02, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4225172)
My condolences to his family, and a loss to the baseball blogging community.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: September 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4225199)
Sucks.
   5. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4225217)
Dammit.
   6. Scott Lange Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4225220)
RIP, Mac.
   7. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM (#4225224)
My condolences to his friends and family. This sucks.
   8. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:11 PM (#4225226)
Sad news. Especially because testicular cancer is one of the most treatable and curable of aLl cancers. This was a bad roll of the dice.
   9. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM (#4225234)
Awful. This world is a terrible place sometimes.
   10. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: September 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4225242)
Damn shame.
   11. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4225254)
That's awful. Sympathies to his family and friends.
   12. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: September 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM (#4225278)
Condolences to his family. A sad day.
   13. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 02, 2012 at 08:24 PM (#4225295)
Just horrible. What can you say. RIP.
   14. Bruce Markusen Posted: September 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4225305)
I did not know Mac personally, but have heard many good things about him as a blogger and researcher. He knew just about everything there was to know about the Braves, and loved them to the end.

Based on some of the things that he had written, he seemed to handle his situation with humor, not an easy thing to do.

Rest in peace, Mac.
   15. Joe Kehoskie Posted: September 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM (#4225334)
Based on some of the things that he had written, he seemed to handle his situation with humor, not an easy thing to do.

His last tweet, from just 5 days ago.

Very sad news. RIP, Mac. My condolences to his friends and family.
   16. MM1f Posted: September 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM (#4225335)
Man. What a shame. I loved Braves Journal, one of the first baseball communities I ever read/posted on. I probably started reading it 8 or 9 years ago.

Great part from the obit....

Mac founded Braves Journal in 1998 because Compuserve offered free web hosting. The original address was http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/MacThomason/, and this is what it looked like. He had parody sports articles — sort of like Onion Sports, half a decade before the Onion launched its sports sections — in a section called “Baseball Free Press.” He did fake chats, years before The Dugout. On the very first page he put up, The “Rafael Belliard Home (Run) Page,” he wrote, “At his current rate of one home run every ten years, Raffy is on pace to break fellow Brave Hank Aaron’s record for career home runs in the year 9537.”

Later, he started The Road from Bristol, an NCAA-style bracket to try to find the worst ESPN personality of all, and it was possibly the highest-profile thing he ever did; it got written up by everyone from the Associated Press to Deadspin. (The AP got his age wrong, of course; he was 34, not 24. And when John Schuerholz sent Mac a get-well card, following agitation by me and some other members of the site, he sent it to “Mark Thomason.”)


I forgot Mac did the Road to Bristol. Pure genius.
   17. Kyle S at work Posted: September 02, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4225336)
He's smiling where he is now. RIP Mac. Go braves.
   18. MM1f Posted: September 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM (#4225337)
Based on some of the things that he had written, he seemed to handle his situation with humor, not an easy thing to do.


He kind of had the Skip Caray thing, where he could be funny and light-hearted, but grouchy, when things weren't going well for the Braves. Nice to see he could handle his own struggle in the same way.
   19. Belfry Bob Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM (#4225373)
Sometimes you feel guilty being a survivor. This is one of those days. R.I.P, Mac.
   20. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: September 03, 2012 at 12:45 AM (#4225377)

His last tweet, from just 5 days ago.


Ugh, man. That one's a punch in the gut.

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