It is interesting to see Meade's effect on Althouse's preferences. I think I've been reading this blog since 2004 and I can't really imagine Althouse watching baseball. The process has been slow and subtle. I'm sure this happens in most relationships, but it is fun to see how it percolates up into the blog.This is the 203rd post with the tag "baseball," and 26 of them pre-date Meade. What did I blog about baseball, pre-Meade? Here are 16 things:
March 4, 2004: "Should we swoon over John Kerry because he responded to Dowd's culture questions with long, long answers, unlike George Bush, who, asked to name his favorite 'cultural experience,' said 'baseball'?"
June 7, 2005: "I know what it's like to need to breastfeed and be in a situation where there's nowhere private to go. One time, back in the early 80s, I breastfed my baby at the Baseball Hall of Fame. I remember feeling I was doing something really wrong and that I was about to be discovered at any point and treated harshly."
June 21, 2005: I complained about too many baseball quotes on the AFI 100 great movie quotes. ("We're at the fourth or fifth baseball quote, including the mushy-headed 'If you build it, he will come.' (#39) 'Luckiest man on the face of the earth' follows at #38.")
July 12, 2005: The retro pleasure of listening to baseball on the radio, restored by satellite radio. ("Baseball has always been regarded as the sport best suited to radio, given all of its long pauses and blank spaces.... baseball broadcasters sprinkle quirky stories with signature home run calls.")
September 13, 2005: My reaction to John Roberts comparing judging to umpiring: "Great, a sports metaphor. The man is accused over and over of not caring about women's rights and the first thing that comes out of him is a sports metaphor. For decades, I have negatively judged men who, speaking to a general audience, fall back on a sports metaphor. It says: I come from the world of men...."
September 13, 2005: Senator Joe Biden "goes on at length" with John Roberts's baseball metaphor and it was "really getting on my nerves."
November 5, 2005: "'Baseball's the perfect sport for nerds.' That's why Washington types keep talking about it'... Aw, then I guess I shouldn't be so mean about sports metaphors as long as it's a baseball metaphor."
March 27, 2006: That time Bob Dylan started his "Theme Time" radio show singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"... "not trying to sing it well, just singing it like your grandad might do if he was trying to remind you why it's great to go to a baseball game."
December 13, 2007: "Cancel all your baseball memories. They were all on steroids."
December 28, 2007: I try to hold up my side of a Bloggingheads diavlog with Stephen Kaus on the topic "Prosecuting steroid use in baseball."
March 4, 2008: Hillary Clinton is on "The Daily Show," and she didn't get Jon Stewart's comparing her and Barack Obama to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. "Isn't Hillary Clinton reputed to be a big baseball fan?"
June 23, 2008: George Carlin died and one of the 2 bits I looked for to embed was the comparison between football and baseball. (The other was "stuff.")
October 23, 2008: "Last night, I checked out a little of game 1 of the World Series... The players look like hell! When did they stop wearing stockings and knickers? Those long pants look like pajamas. I remember tight pants...."
October 28, 2008: John McCain, at a Diamondbacks-Padres game, for some reason declared that he would hate to live in Milwaukee. An Obama campaign video throws it in his face right before the election.
October 29, 2008: "Phillies. The team my grandfather and father loved. Congratulations!"
December 12, 2008: "When William S. Stevens was law student at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, he wrote a law review note about the infield fly rule: 'Published as a semi-parodic 'aside' in June 1975, 'The Common Law Origins of the Infield Fly Rule” quickly achieved legal fame'..."