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Sunday, January 31, 2010

A new face in Mom's Basement

There's a good reason to get up in the morning, beyond hoping all this nasty snow is gone.

A "newcomer" will join the Nats' blogosphere, or Natsmosphere as we like to call it.

But he's not new.

Mark Zuckerman, late of the Washington Times, will be blogging at - as of now it says it is open to invited readers only, though I'm sure Mark will have that fixed by tomorrow.

Though I'm sure we'd all rather see Mark with a paid, full-time gig covering the team (and I remain hopeful he will get one), he will be a welcome addition to our little world.

First, if you're actually reading this blog, it is clear you are like me and can't have too much to read about the Nats. Second, he'll add an intelligent knowledgable voice to the mix. Not that there aren't already blogs that qualify - present blather excepted - it's just that one more is always good.

I've followed Mark's stuff over the years and come to know him a little bit. Most important, he's a good guy. Almost as important, he's a hard-working reporter and talented writer.

I'm eager to read his stuff. If Chris Needham is really back for good at Mom's Basement is definitely more crowded but also a much better place to be.

In other media news:

*I've heard so many rumors about what's going on at the Post that I have no clue what to believe. Spring training is coming pretty soon, so you'd think they would have this worked out before too long. I know of at least two "outside" interviews they've done, one with a friend of mine who would be a fine choice (he has baseball experience and is a regular ol' sports reporter). One of the rumors - financial concerns may force them to stay inside rather than adding to the staff. I know they have some inside who are interested and would do a good job but I also hope the Post is in decent enough shape that it can get whatever candidate it wants to fill this job.

We'll soon see.


An Briosca Mor said...

If Zuckerman is smart, he'll buy the domain name and start directing its traffic over to his site. That way he might actually be able to poach a good few readers from the Post, since for some reason after calling their Redskins, Wizards, etc, blogs "TeamName Insider" they broke the mold and called their Nats blog Nationals Journal. I bet there are people who do google searches for Nationals Insider when trying to find the Post Nats blog. Zuckerman can steal that Web traffic right out from under them.

MikeHarris said...

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natsfan1a said...

Thanks for the heads up. Glad to see that Zuckerman is back online. I've tried to post there to that effect numerous times today, but I am not having success via either login or anonymous method, although it's not been a problem with other blogspot sites. Oh well.

MikeHarris said...

Hmmm. Because he's getting comments out the wazoo! Keep trying. I had to do a word recognition thing but otherwise had no problems.
Yeah, I'm really glad he's writing again. Just make sure you don't forget about the rest of us!

natsfan1a said...

Thanks, I'll keep trying. I don't remember seeing the word recognition box, so that might be there I went wrong (missed it). Don't worry, I won't forget the rest of you. :-)

natsfan1a said...

Still no luck posting there, fwiw. Never saw the word verification box either. Maybe some comments are blocked or held?

MikeHarris said...

I tried this a.m. without signing in and it gave me a pull-down of options, including anonymous. Wouldn't accept me as a "google account holder" unless I signed in (which I did).
Could that be it?
Give it a whirl, Mark's post yesterday generated a great conversation and I'm sure his post today will as well.

natsfan1a said...

I did try signing in the other day, but it didn't seem to take. Oh well, I'll keep trying. Thanks for the heads up on the new post and for the ideas.