Here's something I never thought would happen. I'm mentioned in Sports Illustrated's baseball preview, this site anyway.
I haven't seen it, but according to co-workers, the word "Beerleaguer" appears somewhere on a page with the Phillies preview. Fans are being asked to vote for their favorite Phillies fan site. To find the site easily, I assembled a modestly placed graphic that links to the online vote. It's located at the top right. You know ... nothing major. Just a little something I pieced together ... and placed at the top right. Let me know if you have any trouble finding it, or linking to the poll. It might take a moment to load, but it will be there every time you open Beerleaguer. Top right.
Enrico Campitelli Jr. of the 700 Level, who's in the running for best site, along with Erik Grissom from Philliesflow and the host of Phillies Fan Page, had some fun with this and ran a Beerleaguer attack ad, charging me with, among other things, flip-flopping on the Bobby Abreu trade.
In reality, my position on Abreu is quite firm, just as lawmakers have been perfectly clear on in their opinon of the Iraq war. It was time for regime change, but we lacked a sound exit strategy into 2007 free agency. We overvalued Yankee reinforcements, the ragtag force comprised of C.J. Henry, Matt Smith, Carlos Monestario and Jesus Sanchez. Nor did we account for the insurgency, and by that I mean Karim Garcia.
See. Perfectly clear.
Politics aside, the irony in all this is that dozens of players are scrapping it out in spring training, just to be included in a publication like SI. No matter how Beerleaguer came to be included in this list, which is a dozen blogs short, it's an honor.