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Pinch hitting: Philip Fort

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next Pinch Hitter knows a thing or two about what he’s writing. Philip Fort is a 31-year-old digital media professional who works for large agencies in New York City. He has a master’s degree in informatics, which means he’s studied the way people engage in the digital experience and how it affects them.

Philip grew up sitting in the bleachers with his brother – “And is one of the few who still knows all the songs,” he wrote — and had season tickets for a few years. He said he honestly believes the worst part of summer is the All-Star break. “Just to many days without meaningful baseball,” he wrote.

For his post, Philip wrote about digital media’s impact on the fan experience.

The digital age has changed so much of our lives, and in professional sports, baseball has been the most effected, from the fan experience to how the game is played. Since it is played basically every day, the internet and its ability to fill any impulse is the perfect medium.

It has changed how educated we are about the game and how we consume the media. No other sport has the ability to drive someone to check sites every day since there are simply less games to capture people’s attention. One can also look to the plethora of blogs out there, letting amateurs provide in-depth knowledge and analysis which has even led to a few getting professional careers in the field and help grow the game. I know many love fantasy football since it is once a week, but I prefer the ability to turn the page over on a day-to-day basis, having baseball be a daily passion and not just a report from practice.

Where baseball as a sport has been so successful is the ability to align like-minded people under a common passion. In the past, people have been in contact due to proxemics, but the web has allowed people to find others with a shared common interest and not just the neighbor next door. We have grown our social network leaps and bounds, which has allowed us to be in touch with similar people who help strengthen how we define who we are.

What has been very impressive is how senior members on sites have learned to police themselves and people truly love their communities. We have seen people respect the comments on sites such as this with more attention since they know they are like-minded people. If someone rocks the boat, the community is quite strong in minimizing an interloper’s effect.

With sabremetrics and advanced media, we have never been more knowledgeable. That is great, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Baseball is a data driven game so the access and tools to manipulate data are superb and have increased interaction.

The risk, of course, is that we have also become very obsessed with a screen and have lost that sense of a shared community. That has been replaced in the online space in sites such as this that I am sure we all check many times a day as part of a digital routine. The shared community has been redefined around a new focal point where we come to discuss the Yankees with an expanded and wiser audience.

One sad thing is the loss of waking up to open the paper and see the stats. That level of excitement has been dropped in favor for having the ability to touch the game whenever you want. The joy of going to a game has also been demeaned. With all of our big TVs, internet, and comforts at home, the game has become more enjoyable to watch from the ease of our couches or even a local bar. Add in that, if you want to go to a game, the planning is minimal and you can get tickets instantly below face value, which makes it more of a game to get the best seats at the cheapest price. The excitement of simply getting seats to a ballgame has diminished.

The human need for interaction is unchanged; people still yearn to be members of communities and groups. The internet, though, has spawned a new way for communities to form and for people to interact. Behavior is being molded in these communities by the type of communication. The medium of discussion has evolved and allows for humans to explore the world beyond their physical boundaries. Dvorak (1996) said it best, “the sociologists are going to love the next 100 years.”

We have become digital reliant and smarter. I wouldn’t go backwards, but sometimes it is nice to stop and smell the roses. Baseball as a sport has been most affected by the digital revolution. Attendance is still at record levels, but it has begin to drop and from ever raising prices and the increased abilities of the digital experience how we engage the game has changed and will continue to do so.

And thank you to Chad for letting me write this article.

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132 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Philip Fort”

  1. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I really believe in this Yankee team…

  2. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Yesterday, Joeman, you gave the team a 50-50 shot at the playoffs. New attitude? The team is the same.

  3. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:15 am
    Yesterday, Joeman, you gave the team a 50-50 shot at the playoffs. New attitude? The team is the same.

    ———————————-
    There was a comment here yesterday about me being so negative and it really hit home, I did a little soul searching and here I am….

  4. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    When Rush made their first digital album in the early eigties, all systems crashed causing much duress. Personally, I prefer some of their warmer, earlier, analog offerings, even if a tad naïve.

  5. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mac-

    I think you have been taken in by Joeman’s sarcasm.

    The reason I feel confident saying that is we all know he hates GGBG, and he has been talking positively about him.

    ;)

  6. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Sorry, ” eighties “

  7. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Maybe an entire board of blind enthusiasm will make me more optimistic. Nah.

  8. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    MTU,

    How was breakfast? I am off to the gym and then, as my reward, out for breakfast.

    My mother would also say it was the most important meal before she ate her bacon and eggs. She only lived to be 97.

  9. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Like most great inventions the Internet is a double-edged sword IMO.

    It can provide a wealth of info. and unite people in disparate places.

    It can also cause people to feel a sense of isolation and lead to a loss of privacy.

    And so it is.

    ;)

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock January 26th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    yankeefeminista January 25th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Miguel Munoz Rodriguez agrees with the NY Yankees

    http://dplbaseball.com/feature…..y-yankees/

    Anyone have any other info on this?
    ///

    No info but I cringed watching this kid rise on his toes. Someone has to beat that out of him; seen enough of that! :D
    ///

    Can these people just leave Alex alone, do you think? Find another target? This disproportionate obsession with bringing him down has reached comic levels. Isn’t it someone else’s turn for the sanctimonious slugs to throttle and drag through the mud?

    Blake, that list is old and has floated around, if it’s the one I’m thinking of. That’s Mitchell’s report of I think 104 guys or something that they decided to withdraw. I think Damon and Varitek might have been on it…. hmm….

    I also don’t care; I don’t think too many really do except writers who use their HOF vote like a club to bludgeon all with.

  11. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Mac-

    You should always listen to your Mother.

    Especially when she has been on the Planet that long.

    Please tell her that I agree wholeheartedly with her breakfast wisdom.

    Breakfast was delicious as usual.

    Enjoy the Gym and the rest of your day.

    :)

  12. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Some people see things as they are while I see things as they should be if Hal opened his wallet.

  13. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    The smell of eggs in the morning makes me want to vomit :D

  14. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    MTU,

    It is quite the long distance call these days to my mother. She grew up as an immigrant kid on the streets of NY. She was one of the most unique people I have ever met. That may happen when you’re named Mabel.

  15. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Can’t wait to see Mo in ST this year but I do believe it will be his last year

    again BG….290..100 RS & 40+ SB would be a nice lift

  16. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Mac-

    She may know my Mother who grew up in “Hell’s Kitchen”, and she is a pretty interesting person too.

    Great name by the way.

    Please send Mabel my best regards.

    :)

  17. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Jmills,

    Thanks for sharing.:)

  18. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Alfred,…societal supplements.

  19. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    MTU,

    There is someone very interesting to have grown up on a street with most every nationality present. I have a long list of Mabelisms consisting of things she said I have never heard anyone else say.

    I hope she did know your mother. Don’t you know they would have had fun talking about the old days?

  20. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Austin, no problem, u should see me at 6 am trying to hold the porridge and prune juice down – I always stay close to the kitchen sink…

  21. 86w183 January 26th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Morning guys —

    Right now I think the Yanks are a bit weaker than last year at this time, but not dramatically so. They really need a bounce back year from Teixeira to solidify the middle of the order. the OF defense will be much better, but Gardner and Ichiro will have to get on and run a lot to make up for the power losses from Swisher and Ibanez.

    I’d like a LH DH type to share time with Nunez…. could make that spot in the lineup stronger than last year. Catcher will be similarly weak in OBP and BA with less power.

    A contender? Absolutely.

  22. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Mac-

    I always loved hearing Mother talk about all the Gangsters.

    For her they were real and not just something you read about in the papers or see in a movie.

    I bet they would be good Friends and could really swap some stories.

  23. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Jill’s,

    Despite its importance, perhaps you should skip breakfast.

  24. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    MTU,

    My mother talked about the Don walking down the street and everyone getting out of his way. Interesting times.

  25. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My grandmother’s name was, Gladys and you didn’t want to be left alone with her; same with the grand mutha’ on the other side who came closer to shooting me rather than that snapping turtle on the dock and used to cut the heads off innocent garndner snakes. ( No kidding )

  26. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Hal said in a Daily News article on January 11th that they are not done and need another bat. Did he tell Cashman? Is it happening?

    I think it is a huge problem to lose the power bats while playing in a home run park. NYS is not a place to build a team around speed.

    This team may be competitive if they are lucky with health, including Jeter returning to be able to produce as a SS.

  27. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Austin, if I skip the porridge with almond and fruit thing, I’ll fall over by ten.

  28. 86w183 January 26th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Based on the article I read Rodriguez looks like a high ceiling kid with a long way to go.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see him in either the GGL or Staten Island.

    Decent international signing, but not one that makes an impact in 2014-15.

  29. austinmac January 26th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Whatever happened to the names Mabel and Gladys? We’re he still with us, I would ask my Dad, Angus.

  30. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Mac-

    The named an entire type of Cattle after your Father.

    Amazing.

  31. Chip January 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Un-friggin-believable.

    If Alex is caught up in this nonsense again I’m done with him. http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1248437

  32. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    still wondering what the RS are goung to do with their catchers….I guess their plan is to split Salty-Ross…Napoli DH & 1ST Base with Lavarnway playing in the minors….

  33. blake January 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “again BG….290..100 RS & 40+ SB would be a nice lift”

    Don’t you want to trade him more than like anything

  34. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Angus – great lead for AC/DC

  35. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    interesting perspective philip, but what happened to playing the game. i didn’t hear anything of that in your post. are most people just watchers in your future world?

    do they just watch games and then interact on blogs?

    and as far as coming together in a like minded way on the blog, i have never interacted withas many despicable yankees fans anywhere as on this blog. in real life , you’re not often stuck with some toxic yankee fan you can’t stand. that said, most on the blog are nice people, and the blog has it’s positives.

    … but all you have to do is go back to last night on the blog and you’ll see an exchange between two regulars that does not fit your following description:

    “What has been very impressive is how senior members on sites have learned to police themselves and people truly love their communities. We have seen people respect the comments on sites such as this with more attention since they know they are like-minded people. If someone rocks the boat, the community is quite strong in minimizing an interloper’s effect.”

    there’s a disconnect between what you describe and what really goes on with the blog.
    i agree that the digital experience has changed things tremendously and much of it is really good, but if it turns people into viewers only and non participants there’s something missing in that.

    it’s different for a kid to play a boxing game video than it is for him to hit a heavy bag and then to dance like muhammad ali and then to try it out on a real person. of course if it wasn’t for youtube you couldn’t show the kid muhammad ali dancing for 5 rounds before he decided to go in for the kill.

    my advice to you phillip is if you really want to learn about the digital world, spend one day a week actually doing stuff and not touching an electronic device.

  36. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Chip January 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am
    Un-friggin-believable.

    If Alex is caught up in this nonsense again I’m done with him. http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..-1.1248437

    ——————————————
    looks that way & its to bad he has to deal with it

  37. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    blake January 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am
    “again BG….290..100 RS & 40+ SB would be a nice lift”

    Don’t you want to trade him more than like anything

    —————————-
    nope I’m a believer

  38. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    being negative hurts my head being positive has a calming effect…

  39. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Joeman-

    Perhaps being around all that High Voltage has caused a shift in your polarity ?

    P.S. I’m still not really buying it.

    ;)

  40. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Chip, close your eyes, it won’t hurt as much.

    Poor Ben Johnson

  41. Chip January 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    joeman -

    at this point I’m just hoping he’s done and has to retire. He’s not worth the money or the distraction.

  42. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Randy-

    I rather watch a video of a hike than actually do one.

    :)

  43. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I think my #1 all time pinch hitter is, Cliff Johnson.

  44. blake January 26th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “at this point I’m just hoping he’s done and has to retire. He’s not worth the money or the distraction.”

    Pipe dream

  45. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “I rather watch a video of a hike than actually do one.”

    mtu-

    .. and then after watching the hiking video, what’s your favorite hiking blog to go on and talk about what you watched?

    :)

  46. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Chip January 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am
    joeman -

    at this point I’m just hoping he’s done and has to retire. He’s not worth the money or the distraction
    ———————————————————-
    his rehab is going to be tough & we all know he’s done it before and came back …older you get tougher to rehab from anything….if they start digging again this will become a big distraction, only hope is maybe he sits a year and gets a gig in Hollywood and desides that his baseball days are over….

  47. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Randy-

    In reality we are all just spectators watching the Big Parade unfold.

    :)

  48. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Manny Mota – substitute extraordinaire

  49. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    ” The Soft Parade, ” had its disjointed moments; amazing considering Morrison wasn’t all that functional.

  50. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Mills-

    gotta love “The Doors”.

    Hoping the Yankees can “break on thru to the other side”.

    Can you show me the way to the next whiskey bar ? Please do not ask why.

    :)

  51. blake January 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    If the mets want Bourn but can’t resolve the draft pick situation….then would it make any sense to consider signing Bourne to a pillow deal (if possible) and then trade Gardner across town?

    Gardner for Flores?

  52. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    by all….going to have a nice Chamamile tea and read a good book… And Then It’s Spring..

    Safety begins with teamwork

  53. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I saved a flyer from my windshield – a salon claimed, ” extra ordinary hair, ” rather than, ” extraordinary. ” I hope they got some mundane customers.

  54. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Blake-

    The Yankees are not doing anything.

    Sorry bud.

    :(

  55. blake January 26th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    MTU,
    You’re no fun….go take a hike :)

  56. blake January 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    But it appears you’re right….I’ve been forced to be fake Frank Wren (who should be going after Chase Headley)

  57. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Yeah, MTU, take off ‘eh! :D

  58. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Blake-

    Go fill a tooth.

    It’s raining cats n dogs here.

    Otherwise I would.

    ;)

  59. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    We’re rolling with what we’ve got.

  60. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    mtu-

    there is an obvious strength to the digital world, but as you said it’s a double edge sword.

    for us “experienced” people who grew up mostly experiencing the world directly playing outdoors from breakfast to dinnertime ,it’s obvious that something is missing when electronics take over someone’s life.

    of course we were the first tv generation so we had our share of electronics. i wouldn’t be without my iphone now, but my favorite place to use it is out on a links golf course along the ocean taking videos as i’m playing and sending them to friends showing them the amazing views. and then i lay it on my bag and video my swing and break it down frame by frame on imovie later to figure how why the ball is doing what it does.

    so the digital world is clearly useful, but it’s most useful when it’s part of actually doing something.

    people that watch anything electronic a lot need to be aware that someone is monetizing them and living off that.
    viewership is kind of a drug in some ways that some “dealer” is supplying.

    you going on a hike breaks that connection.
    we all need to do that kind of thing.

    baseball used to be like that. no one made money when my friends and i spent all day in the farmers field playing baseball.

  61. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Randy-

    For me there is no substitute for actually being out there and in motion.

    It’s a totally sensory and spiritual immersion.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeps me grounded, literally and figuratively.

    I feel priviledged to be allowed to experience the magnificence. I try my best to share it.

  62. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    “Go fill a tooth”

    good one :)

    i have this image of some poor person with their mouth propped open in the middle of drilling when blake says, ” wait a second”, as he turns and makes a blog comment on the computer he has suspended in air on the side of his dental chair.

  63. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Keeps me grounded, literally and figuratively.”

    mtu-

    and once you get out there and come back all energized, it feels great to go on the computer.
    it all works if you get it right.

  64. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    yeah. Blake is one heck of a multi-tasker I reckon.

    :)

  65. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m in motion watching, the Corrs, ” Live at Albert’s Hall. “

  66. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Randy-

    I feel sorry for all those kids today who are trapped in the video game mindset.

    They talk about the rise of obesity, etc.

    It’s directly related to things like that IMO.

    Kids need to be active. It’s a shame they’re less so today.

    I was like you as a kid. Out from sunrise to sundown. Never wanted to be indoors.

    Apparently it’s carried over.

    :)

  67. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    mtu-

    and then there’s jerkface.

    i picture him as a skinny kid who’s too busy with his head into his computer and stats that he doesn’t have time to eat :)

  68. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    @mlbtraderumors: Yankees Sign Thomas Neal http://t.co/mTUgs1NJ #mlb

    How many scrubs equals a god big leaguer ? A study by Brian Cashman

  69. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Good big leaguer

  70. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Great post… I have my own images of each of you and we’ve never met!! I recall discussing the sense of community here back in the day with Doreen. It’s really incredible and I’m always happy to ‘see’ all of you on a daily basis. If I talked baseball this much with anyone else, they’d never hang out with me again :D

    Very generous offer by trisha, by the way, that I hope someone takes advantage of. We all have our moments of ragging on each other, but that was very thoughtful.

    Also… I need to find that list JF posted and send it to Deadspin lol.

  71. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “Great post… I have my own images of each of you and we’ve never met”

    I look just like Kevin Youkilis

  72. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Shame-

    I’d almost be willing to bet that your image of me is wrong.

    But I’ll leave you with the one you have. I’m sure it’s way better.

    As for my image of you. I picture one of the beautiful Italian Women your grandmother helped you with.

    :)

  73. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    We could probably uses a god big leaguer… Angels in the OF and all that!

  74. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “Great post… I have my own images of each of you and we’ve never met”

    I look just like Kevin Youkilis

    —————–

    No one could possibly look like Kevin Youkilis.. let’s pretend Youk is like a snowflake lol. No duplicates! (Although I do generally call bullsh*t on that whole thing.. give me enough snow flakes and enough time and I think I could crack that myth.)

    MTU – How about neither of us ruin our images of one another since I do not stack up against Sophia Loren and the like!

  75. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    January 26, 2013 at 11:24 am
    We could probably uses a god big leaguer… Angels in the OF and all that!

    He already plays for the Angels

  76. jmills January 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Mickey Rivers is running from the Angels to play for you guys.

  77. Giuseppe Franco January 26th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “Great post… I have my own images of each of you and we’ve never met”

    I look just like Kevin Youkilis

    ——-

    So sorry to hear that.

  78. Ys Guy January 26th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    wow, if afraud is still cheating i can’t imagine how bad he’d be off the juice.

    not sure anyone has ever seen that, though…

  79. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    It’s a deal Shame.

    Why destroy a good fantasy ?

    ;)

  80. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    “I look just like Kevin Youkilis”

    whoa, that’s gotta cut down on patients.

    no wonder you have so much free time :)

  81. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    He already plays for the Angels

    ——————–

    Ugh.

    MTU – Exactly.

    Only 18 days until pitchers and catchers report! I’m gonna figure out the count to see at what point there are games tomorrow.

  82. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Blake-

    Somehow I didn’t picture you as a chrome dome.

    I figured you wore glasses though.

    Didn’t think goatee either.

    :)

  83. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    “wow, if afraud is still cheating i can’t imagine how bad he’d be off the juice.

    not sure anyone has ever seen that, though…”

    if by some weird chance hal signs cano to a long contract they really need a PED cancellation clause. cano got unusually good once he got to the majors, and he has the history of being around certain players caught cheating.

    i hope that cano is clean, but the yankees would be smart to cover themselves.

  84. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    28 days until there are games tomorrow….

    I do like that number: 28.

  85. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Shame-

    I have given up the search for Truth. I much prefer a good Fantasy.

    :)

  86. Shame Spencer January 26th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Ys – Ever see that list JF posted? Looks like Halladay, Griffey, Lowell, and even guys like Eric Chavez and John Flaherty used. Everyone is a fraud.

  87. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    MTU,

    No glasses….20/10 baby….I ate my carrots

  88. blake January 26th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    No goatee either….I have a lot of Indian blood so my facial hair grows in all Apache :)

  89. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Blake-

    May I ask what Tribe(s) ? Apache ?

    Just a curiosity thing.

  90. MTU January 26th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Time to walk the Mops.

    There’s a break in the rain.

    later.

  91. blake January 26th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Cherokee

  92. joeman January 26th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m refreshed and have a clear mind…very positive

  93. philip.fort January 26th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks Randy for your feedback.

    The site i studied was NYYfans.com and used it as a fan for years and then documented and interviewed members over a year.

    I know what you mean that certain people will always throw a monkey wrench into the conversation just to be that guy (aka a troll, but i hate that word).

    I also moderated MLBTR for a while so have seen people who just come back to rile people up.

    You do bring up an interesting point that makes me think that a blog or blog format site such as this and MLBTR versus a social community such as NYYfans.com polices itself differently. In the social community people are known and while you get people spewing nonsense they quickly leave since no one engages them. With blogs there seems to be less of a community per se since articles are constantly updated and you don’t have threads about certain topics where peoples thoughts are well known.

    In some ways this is a prime example of the quick fix culture we have now. Read, comment, and be done with it. People don’t have to invest any integrity into a lot of things. Hence why nyyfans.com is a dying site.

    and one day without digital, i will try it but it will be tough.

  94. randy l. January 26th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    “and one day without digital, i will try it but it will be tough.”

    philip.fort-

    i’d have trouble going a day without digital too :)

    this blog has it’s strengths. i’ve been on here since 2006-2007, and it’s actually addictive in some ways. so there must be something going on here you don’t get other places.
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