As I finish with Zito, I realize that I've lived a dream for many A's fans. Make no mistake, I am and always will be a fan of this team, first and foremost ... I feel so very fortunate that my passion can be shared with this unbelievably astute audience and I'm humbled by the opportunities you've afforded me. If it wasn't for you [readers], I would've never been given this access to our team. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, AN, for giving me the glorious opportunity to be your vessel and carry your message of support to the team...I think we're all both very happy that Blez is sharing these experiences and VERY jealous that we're not actually there with him.
On a different note, it's interesting to watch a sports blog straddle the line between journalist and fan. There's been talk around the blogosphere about the difference between blogs and media - expecially, why don't political blogs get the same kind of respect, etc? Well, Blez and AthleticsNation are a great example of a blog that's doing it well - creating a forum for (mostly) rational discussion about the A's while also bringing more articles, interviews, etc to the table.
Should Blez temper his enthusiasm about the A's in order to be more of a traditional, impartial, "professional" journalist? I say, "Absolutely not!" As I said yesterday, the enthusiasm about the team, the players and the personalities makes it a much more interesting read than much of what I find elsewhere. So, Blez, keep up the good work!