Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
May 14, 2005
BASEBALL: Hall of Bloggers
Via The Corner, I came across the latest MLBlogs. Two of note: Tommy Lasorda and Brooks Robinson. Unlike politics, which really requires sustained attention to the back-and-forth on particular issues to avoid waddling in to a debate a day late and a few facts short (see Jim Lampley), a sporadic, dilettante-ish celebrity baseball blog can still be entertaining if it's run by someone who can dispense good yarns and occasional dollops of insight.
Robinson's blog is not off to an auspicious start, however. Here, for example, he goes on at some length responding to a reader inquiry for his thoughts on who is better with the glove - Scott Rolen or Eric Chavez - explaining why he isn't going to say one guy is better than another. Which is a good-natured and gentlemanly thing for a baseball 'insider' to say, but it's not going to make for interesting reading.
Then there's Tommy, whose blog so far seems like the real unfiltered Lasorda. This post opens with an anecdote that captures the man pretty well:
My father had five sons, and one day he called a family meeting, sat us down, and told us he wanted to bring his brother's son, Mario, to America. He told us to treat him as an equal because he was family. When Mario arrived, my father told Mario he could live with him so while he worked hard, he could save his money and eventually bring his own family to America too.
The emotion, the pride, the self-reliance, the protective family bonds - and also the chip on his shoulder, the impatience with his lazy cousin (who Tommy is willing to slam on the web these many years later) - it's all there. And, of course, it's all a segue into a lecture on preserving the special relationship of the Dodgers with their fans, as Lasorda keeps on bleeding Dodger blue.