Every now and then some wayward soul actually asks me to write something for them. I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity, but have to question the judgment of the individual who extends the offer my way. Do you know who you’re dealing with here? Have you seen my Twitter feed?
All joking aside, I’m pleased to be a part of Yahoo Sports’ baseball coverage for the second straight year, and want to thank Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog for allowing me to write a unique end-of-year recap on your 2011 Seattle Mariners. Just like last year, I was given a specific format upon which to adhere. In 2010, I wrote a breakup letter to the team; in 2011, I was asked to channel my inner Richard Belding and give a detention lecture. It’s certainly different than your standard recaps and (hopefully) not boring.
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A few days ago, I wrote this article on your 2010 Seattle Mariners for Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew. It’s basically a breakup letter written to our hometown nine, per an assignment from the BLS editors. It’s written in slightly-more-professional fashion than something you’d see on these pages, but still incorporates the exact same voice you’re used to hearing in these words.
Every now and then I try to incorporate some legitimate work into my repertoire of sophomoric prose. It’s not often that I do this, and in fact I turn down a lot more assignments than I actually accept. But as long as the editors of any external publication are more or less willing to give me free reign over the content of the article, I’m usually pretty game.
To be honest, I’m not entirely fond of selling out my product to other websites. I want to keep my articles here, for my readers. That, and I’m incredibly passionate about the written word. If I put something together, I don’t want to see it dissected for someone else’s benefit. There’s a method behind the madness in the writing. Every letter is where it is for a reason. That can be next-to-impossible for many people to understand, and I get that. I’m just not as willing to acquiesce as some people.
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