Thursday, February 26, 2009

Appreciating Baseball-Reference

I don't think I'm shocking anyone when I say that is one of the best sites on the internet (for us baseball fans, at least) and one that I use all the time. Sean Forman's site is loaded with about as much information as you could possibly ask for, and it's all free. Basically, this is what the internet is designed for, and I feel awfully thankful that it exists. And with the news last week of his new partnership, it's obvious that the site is working rather successfully. I couldn't be happier.

One of the neat little aspects of BR is the sponsorship option: pretty much any page on the site (players, teams, colleges, etc) can be sponsored by an individual or website. For the big names like Barry Bonds or Cal Ripken, Jr., you're probably just going to see big websites sponsoring those pages since they cost more money. But for less popular players, from Duke Snider down to Jim Eisenreich and even lower (*cough*Eddie Zosky*cough*), you have a pretty good chance of putting your name on their page and giving a brief shout-out. It's a great little feature for fans, especially if you have a fascination or personal connection with a less popular player.

After thinking about this recently, I decided that it might be a fun idea to sponsor a couple of pages myself. I don't expect to draw much, if any, traffic from these sponsorships, but it seemed like something I should do anyway. I'd be showing my support for some players/teams that have some meaning to me, and I'd be supporting a great website at the same time. And with the majority of pages costing $10 or less, it didn't seem like a big hit to the pocket book. So I took the plunge earlier this week, and now the pages I've sponsored are live! A list of the three pages that I sponsored, and a brief reason for why I chose each page, is below. Take a look, and let me know if you've sponsored any pages yourself (and why).
  • 2006 Milwaukee Brewers - This team has some great memories for me. They may not have been the best Brewers team of recent years, but I'll remember them for a long time You can read why here (see #21).
  • Cal Poly State University - This is my alma mater, and I'm proud to be an alum alongside such baseball luminaries as Mike Krukow, Thornton Lee, Garrett Olson, and, of course, Ozzie Smith. John Madden and Weird Al Yankovic are also fellow alums. Good company! I touched on some university stuff back in December.
  • Fernando Valenzuela - Fernando was at his best in the early 1980s, and that was just a little bit before my time. But coming from a Los Angeles household from that time period, Fernando definitely had a positive impact. I've said before that Cal Ripken was my favorite player growing up, but there's no way I'd ever be able to sponsor his page. Fernando was the best I could do, and I'm quite happy with that. As it turns out, I wrote about Fernando earlier as well.


Ron Rollins said...

I'm going to sponsor a couple of pages, as soon as I have some money. I might have a writing job coming up, so I'll use that.

Royals, from the 70's.

leez34 said...

Do you count as an alum if you don't graduate? Because as I recall, "Weird Al" only went to college for a semester or two.

lar said...

Ron: That's a good call. If those are the teams that were special to you when you were younger, then it's a pretty great way to go. If that 1985 squad means something to you, though, you should know that it's available for $30. It's not one of the cheaper ones, but $30 isn't all that much either.

leez, I'm pretty confident that Weird Al actually graduated with his architecture degree. The Cal Poly Alumni Association claims him, and his Wikipedia page mentions that his senior year was in 79-80. He definitely wasn't one of those guys who went for like half a year and left. He's a beloved part of the Cal Poly family.

Mon-sewer Paul Regret said...

Been sponsoring for several years. Since you asked, mine are:

John Tamargo, because he hit his only major-league triple at my so's first game.

The 2002 Giants ... I'm a Giants fan.

The 1958 Giants ... I was 5 that year.

Phil Ouelette, because his first day in the bigs, he said hi to us and he had a great look on his face as he looked around the park.

Jim Brosnan, for writing two wonderful books.

Marshall Renfroe, who made one major-league appearance (as a Giant, of course).

Harry Hooper (long story).

The 1982 Giants.

The 1989 Giants.

Jeff Parker said...

I'm sponsoring the Luke Hochevar page, last year I sponsored the Gil Meche & Justin Huber pages.I get a little bit of traffic I'm sure but mostly I sponsor because I felt guilty for using b-r so much for free. That site is a baseball bloggers best friend.

That Bootleg Guy said...

I'm currently sponsoring the 2008 Oakland A's (the most recent entry of my favorite team), the '03 Red Sox and a few others.

I came of baseball age in the '80s, but I recommend B-R to friends, family and co-workers who grew up decades earlier and want to re-live their favorite squads from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

I (heart) that site.