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Eleven. Exactly. One Louder.

by gwolinetz on November 12th, 2008

Editor’s Note: Let’s call this Volume One in a series of writers whom I wish I could more be like in no particular order

The above title of this blog comes, of course, from the great movie This Is Spinal Tap, but it comes to be the title of this blog entry via Joe Posnanski. Joe used that as the tagline of his blog for a while.

Joe is a sportswriter, but to limit him like that is to really not understand what he does. He wrote the masterful Soul of Baseball, which chronicled a year spent with former Negro League player/advocate Buck O’Neill. It’s a touching tribute to the man most responsible for keeping the Negro Leagues alive in our memory, through a museum he founded in Kansas City and his tireless work to get former Negro Leaguers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His next book is about the Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds teams of the 1970s.

His blog is a jumble of pop culture references, made up statistics and words, sports, politics and just about anything else that falls out of his head. His writing on the blog is so conversational, so stream of consciousness that reading it makes you feel as though you were sitting next to him and he were reading it to you.

But the main reason I want to be like Joe Posnanski is because the guy just writes. When he’s not working on a book, he churns out 3 or 4 coulnms a week, plus several thousand words a DAY for his blog. That’s roughly a month’s worth of production for me. And no matter what, he’s an entertaining read, whether he’s writing about the doorman/elevator guy on the Jeffersons or how much he loves Bruce Springsteen or another crazy way to evaluate the best player in the league by combining different complicated statistics into one even more complicated statistic.

Anyway, if you get a minute, make sure you check out to hear Joe’s thoughts on things, and to read long wandering passages about who knows what, but also, to marvel in the guy’s prolific awesomeness.

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