Archive for March, 2004

…. Just an idea

As many of you may have noticed, OBM has been going through some difficulty posting daily for much of the last year, due to technical and, for the most part, internet access difficulties. I have started to get the feeling that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, and as my life and work demands are not going to change in the near-term, the way to do so is to inject some new life into what I’m doing here. The question of how to do that seems, to me, to be fairly obvious, as evidenced by the success of the web-site consolidation that’s been going on amongst so many of the best writers out there.

Well, I’m not going to jump in with anyone else, as I feel pretty strongly about the OBM brand, as it were. Instead, I am extending an invitation for one or two writers to join OBM. I envision a scenario where as many as, say, three of us would post about the Giants or baseball as we see fit, on any subject, whenever the mood strikes us. I’m sure there would be some details to be hashed out, but I believe the format of the site will support such an approach, and if not, well, at least we can say we tried.

Anyway, I don’t care if you already have a site or are just thinking about starting one, send me an email if you’re interested, and we’ll see if we can’t flesh something out that works.

…. Opening day issues?

The SF Giants added some desperately needed pitching depth by sending two low level prospects to the Brewers for two actual human beings yesterday. I gotta tell you, I was fairly alarmed at the state of the team’s pitching as it was; adding Dave Veres and Wayne Franklin, two pitchers deemed expendable by the freakin’ Brewers…. This is not good.

…. Odds & ends

Alex Ciepley has decided to join the ranks at the ever-expanding world. He will be contributing to the Cub Reporter, working hand in hand with my good friend Christian Ruzich. Congratulations to both men, as the increased exposure will bring Alex the recognition he deserves, and Christian can use the help, as he is busy designing and building a flat-out juggernaut over there.

Anyway, that means I have to send ball talk back to the minors (actually, it will disappear forever), and promote someone from my bench to bat seventh. I have decided to use the Sports Economist, as I feel Skip brings something very different to the game, an important factor. Rounding out my 25 man roster, I have brought up the Bench Coach. A new and frequent writer, Mr. Austin deserves a chance to impress.

…. Thanks

… to all who took the time to comment. The boys at Blacktable have decided that OBM should be the Giants site for their preview. I have read the rest of the feedback, and am considering ways to insure that Giants fans find the team coverage they desire while maintaining my own focus areas of interest. Keep posted as I figure out this stuff.

PS…. I hope Jay isn’t pissed. He does have a terrific site.

…. Missed the cut

I guess I am not quite as terrific as I think I am. I found Will Leitch’s Black Table over at Baseball Musings, as Will has put together a preview of the upcoming season, team by team. The interesting thing about his preview is that he has chosen a blog for each team (David says he chose the best for each team) as your source for following the team. Just click on the photos, and away you go.

Well, OBM missed the cut. Now, I’m not an arrogant asshole (at least not all the time), and I know that Jay is a terrific writer, he’s in my roster of Giants blogs. I just felt that I had established myself as the Giants source in the baseball blogosphere. I believe that I am the longest running Giants site that has posted so frequently (barring the several months my site was down due to technical problems). I am fairly certain that I have a reputation as a good writer, I am fairly certain that I have earned a fair amount of respect in the blogosphere. Almost all the writers who did make the cut are the guys who started around the same time I did, they’re guys who have been linking to me since day one, guys like Gleeman, Belth, Ruzich, Manaprin, Bethke, Cossette…. These are my goomba’s, for crying out loud. Everybody but me? How did that happen?

Am I wrong here? Is OBM less of a player than I think? Anyone care to talk back about this, I am all ears. Let me know if I am smoking my own dope or what, because knowledge is power, and if I need to step it up, well, tell me so.

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