Hey, just wanted to quick stop in to say that I'm still here, just a bit busy. New posts are being worked out, I'm not disappearing, tail between my legs, etc. Honestly, the few folks that are stopping by regularly are probably better served by Mike's quality work anyway, so comment and discuss there.
I just wanted to stop by to give kudos where deserved. Zach Weiner, erstwhile site foe, wrote a really funny guest strip for the (new to me) webcomic Surviving the World. The topic caught my eye because, believe it or not, I'm actually quite invested in sabermetrics and the advanced statistical approach to baseball in general. It's a wonderful way to appeal to reason in an emotional game, and can serve to inform fan understanding of what to watch and who to watch monumentally. As such, I'm really impressed that Zach managed to compose a comic that not only satirizes these stats, but does so in a non-snarky, obviously appreciative, and overall funny way. This side of Fire Joe Morgan (for the love of God, why aren't you just reading Fire Joe Morgan over and over again?), SABR-based humor is hard to come by, and usually it comes from some doofy newspaper writer who tries to belittle the approach. I don't know if Zach's a baseball fan -- if he is, we have more in common than I would've suspected, which is cool -- but if he's not, and he is going outside of his comfort zone on this one, he really nailed it. The tone, the joke, and the approach are all top notch.
So, in conclusion to this brief interlude before a longer post, two things: one, I really am not unreasonable about jokes vis-a-vis their intelligence -- I just don't find some of them successfully funny; and two, I'm not above pointing out things I like as well as things I dislike. Baseball is a sadly neglected focus of this blog too, and frankly, there's not nearly enough good humor about it to go around, so thanks for the morning laffs, Zach, they were well appreciated. Til' next time, stay tuned for more baseball and comic related stuff, and thanks as always fer' reading.