Ok, my shift as the Reader Representative mercifully came to an end on Friday. Hopefully, I can post a little bit more. But it's tough to do much since I'm not in Arizona yet, and hopefully that will change in a week or two, and Larry and I can double up on the coverage.
But something that needs to be cleared up now for further reference. The pointless sniping at Larry or myself or other posters needs to stop. A little bit of ribbing or teasing in good humor is fine, and I welcome it. But, I think we all know what I am talking about here. And some stuff has moved beyond anything good-natured. Look, it's one thing to have complaints about something we write or didn't write, but if you do, voice them with a fair amount civility or just e-mail us privately. I assure you, your concerns will be taken into consideration.
Either Larry or I would be the first to admit that we are different in many ways as we approach the beat and the blog. We have different levels of experience, different writing styles, different senses of humor and different approaches to how we do things. I think those differences bring a nice variety to the blog and dual voices and points of view to often the same subject.
Maybe Larry's posts aren't what some people want, and perhaps others find my consistent use of sarcasm and sixth-grade humor juvenile. We each have our fans and our detractors. But we are consistent in who we are or what we do. This blog is about the Mariners and baseball and giving readers a forum to get news and discuss it - passionately, but rationally.
But with that said, we are not above being criticized. It's something we signed up for when we got into this business. We understand it well, and we accept it. Beyond criticism, we are always looking for ways to improve the blog. We'll gladly take suggestions to make this product better. Neither of us are ignorant to the fact that it's become a major element to the expected beat coverage of the Mariners. So any improvements to it to help readers are important.
Specifically, Snydro, you know I love your passion for the Hawks, the Mariners and the TNT. You're loyal to all the things we do. You've also been a big supporter of mine for quite a while, and I appreciate it. But at the same time, let's not go around calling people out about losing their jobs. I'm not looking to replace Larry or anybody else on staff. I certainly would never want to see anyone forced out of the business before they are ready, myself particularly. Yet, it's happening to people I know at the P-I, and it's horrible. I can't begin to fathom what it would be like to be them.
I could be my usual self and use the Rodney King quote of "Can't we all just get a long?"
But this isn't a request. It's a demand. You expect a lot of us, and in turn we want to expect a certain level of respect from you.
And now that I've done my best impersonation of Sister Angela - my grade school principal - let's get to a few links.
Here's Larry's story on Mark Lowe finding out that he's diabetic.
The NY Times had this story on Junior and Jason Giambi returning to the organizations where they started their careers with.
Let's go around baseball ...
Bellarmine Prep grad Jon Lester is helping the fight against cancer.
Indians outfielder David Dellucci told reporters that he had been bitten by an alligator, and they believed him.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has given up chewing tobacco this season. It's not an easy task to do.
Former Mariners shortstop Omar Vizquel is now with the Rangers and mentoring young prospect Elvis Andrus.
The A's believe they are gaining on the Angels.
The A's also halted plans on building a new stadium in Fremont.
Columnist Ray Ratto checks in with his thoughts on the situation.
Yankees outfielders Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady and Mets first baseman Carlos Pena are having trouble with their finances because of a scandal in the firm where they invested their money. Damon says he can't pay his bills.
The blog "Big League Stew" has some team-by-team previews of the World Baseball Classic.