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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Super Joe Posnanski on Super Joe Charboneau

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM

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Joe Posnanski -- Kansas City Star beat reporter for the Royals, award-winning sports writer, and Cleveland native – writes one of the best sports blogs you’ll find. Beyond the writing style, which is engrossing, accessible, and generally awesome, Posnanski has an uncanny ability of weaving entertaining, non-sports related stories into his posts while taking the longview on all things baseball. He’s way ahead of the curve when it comes to mainstream media writers utilizing the scary world of the blogosphere, and does it better than most bloggers. Even though it’s written by a beat writer for the Royals, and that team is often a topic, baseball fans of all allegiances – and especially us homers from Cleveland -- should devour his work. Posnanski recently wrote a blog about his recollections of watching Super Joe Charboneau while growing up in Cleveland, and, like almost everything he writes, it nails the nuances of his subject – in this case, being an Indians fan. ...
“The Indians quickly grounded into two outs in the ninth, things looked bleak. And then Mike Hargrove did what he did … he poked an opposite field single to left. Toby Harrah followed, and he drew a walk. First and second, two outs, and who should come up? Super Joe Charboneau. And suddenly, Cleveland Municipal Stadium was alive. You couldn’t say that often for baseball games at that masoleum. There was cheering and stomping, people holding their beer cups high above their heads in a sort of toast to the man of the hour, the man who could drink those beers through his nose. And that moment was how I would always remember Cleveland, loud bullish,tipsy but not drunk, down but not out, trailing but not without hope, down to the last out but with Super Joe up at the plate. I don’t need to tell you that Super Joe lined out to left field for the third out, and the Indians lost 2-1. If you know Cleveland, you already knew that ending. But the point wasn’t the ending. The point was the hope.”
Read the whole story here. -- Vince Grzegorek
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