Spheroid: The ‘Burgh Blues

By: Jesse J. Behr


Why do you blog?

Lets just say that if I didn’t blog, it would tough for me to continue to root for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Don’t get me wrong, though. I love them. All my viewers always complain that I am amclouth.jpg
“negative nancy.” The reason for this negativity is that the Pirates aren’t like any other
team. There are bad teams, yes, but the Pirates seem to lose with a sort of strange integrity. It has been 15 years without a winning squad in Pittsburgh, and 16 is approaching quickly. Blogging helps me control all my “crazy” feelings I have for the Bucs. Like I said, I love them. They are so entertaining and have some new found bright spots with players like CF Nate McLouth and SP Ian Snell. Even so, they seem to push a little to hard to win a single ball game (i.e. Opening Day against the Braves). I love to blog because I care about the game of baseball, and while opinions can sometimes only be personal, I am always happy about with sharing my opinions on the lovely and talented Pirate bunch.

What was your favorite post?

My favorite post would have to be my wrap on the 2008 Trading Deadline. The post entitled “August is Four Sail” is based off of the rock album “Four Sail” by one of my favorite bands, Love. I enjoy this post quite a bit because of what I wrote on each of the trades, analyzing and discussing what they did for baseball. I also went ahead and intertwined some personal notes in the article, some of which are hilarious to me (i.e. the title).

Strangest blogging experience?

When I was doing a sports blog on blogspot.com, I wrote a story concerning the steroids issue in baseball. My blog wasn’t very popular at the time, and I wasn’t getting many views. In a matter of days though, I started to get some “intense” comments discussing the issue. By the end of the week, I had 87 comments on one singe blog post. It was truly funny and strange.

What is your favorite blog, including at least one MLBlog?

Bryan Hoch’s New York Yankee blog is probably my favorite. I am huge New York Yankee fan, thanks to my Bronx-born father, and Hoch does a terrific job writing about them. His posts about the Yankee-Met interleague series were terrific and very true. Everyone should check them out!

What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?

Well, as I said before, I would have to be doing something to channel the emotions I get from watching Pirates baseball. I’d probably be re-learning how to play the Violin, my favorite instrument. Writing seems to be the only way to stay calm, so I think I’ll just stick to that.

Where do you think the blogosphere is going?

Just like YouTube, blogging is another way for people to share and discuss other people’s opinions. It’s a great way, especially in sports blogging, to hear the views and different insights from tons of people around the world. Still, who knows where blogging will be in 20 years from now.

Favorite team and why?

First, there’s the New York Yankees. They’re the greatest sports franchise in the history of sports. They have had some of the greatest athletes to ever play professional sports, and no matter what people opinions are about them, they have 26 trophies proving their dominance. My favorite players include captain Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, and the greatest closer in the history of the MLB, Mariano Rivera. Rivera is the best of the best.

chacon-pit.jpgThen, there is the magical Pittsburgh Pirates. Making a long story short, the now infamous MLBlogs tale of pitcher Shawn Chacon is nothing short of a lie. When he was traded to the Yankees in July of 2005, I was totally opposed to the idea of giving away prospects “for a bum like Chacon,” (yes sadly, I did say that). After a terrific half-season in New York (7-3, 2.85 ERA), then an excellent post-season performance against the LA Angels of Anaheim, the “Chac Attack” became my favorite player.

He was dealt to the Bucs in July of 2006, and well, the rest is history. I feel in love with a team I thought I would never grow onto. How could I go from rooting for a team like the Yanks to a team like the Bucs? I saw a lot of upside to the team other than just my favorite player, and after experiencing the roller-coaster season that was 2007, I now bleed Bucco blood.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am a huge history buff. I was so more when I was a little younger, since baseball has now completely taken over my life, but I enjoy all aspects of history. It is my favorite class in school, and the ways civilizations have changed throughout it is astonishing. History also wraps all the other subjects into one, discussing the background of literature, language, math, and even science. It’s the foundation for any culture.

Happiness is…

I want to say the Pittsburgh Pirates at .500 to end the season. I really do. I’ll keep it simple, though, and just say going to a baseball game at Dodger Stadium (since I live in LA) with my buddies and family. I love going to ball games. No matter what the condition is or which teams are playing, I get pumped and go crazy to just enjoy the game of baseball.

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Wonderful article… beautifully written. I enjoy your perspective and found a joy and energy while reading. I grew up on baseball, ate, slept and dreamed it as my mother said.

I felt compelled to say… congratulations.

I’m a fan.

Hey Buc Fans, Mets broadcaster Howie Rose just called your team “bottom feeders”. Here’s one Yankee fan who hopes you thump the Mets this weekend. GOOD LUCK

What exactly is a Spheroid?

I am interested to see what the latest leaders are on blog view totals. This spheroid helped quite a bit to up my total! Mark, do you (out of curiosity) have an all-time tally going?

Pirate’s and Yankees fan… Hmm, wonder what Burgh Blues thought of that trade between them.

Nice work, JB. Don’t ever lose hope on the Pirates… just remember Mazeroski, Clemente and “We Are Family” if you get down.

Hey JB, nice job! Funny bit of info for ya…Ian Snell graduated from the same High School that I teach at…Ceasar Rodney HS in Delaware. I did not teach him though, he was before my time. He was also born in the same city I live in. So you see, the great state of Delaware has produced at least 2 prodigies :o)


This… is… so…. coool

That was a great post/profile. I can’t imagine being a Pirates fan and not even being able to go to PNC Park. That’s a true fan in my mind, even though you also love the Yankees.


Jesse … Excellent Profile !!!

Also, it’s great to learn that your favorite team is the New York Yankees, along with your team now, the Pittsburg Pirates … As a life-long / die-hard Yankees fan, born and raised in the “Beautiful Bronx”, its great to visit and read the posts on other blogs, especially, blogs of Yankee fans … And, I agree, Bryan Hoch’s Yankees “MLB Pro-Blog” – “Bombers Beat” is also one of my favorite blogs … It is home base for many great Yankee fans, to offer our comments, thoughts, observations, and opinions, on all matters concerning the New York Yankees, the greatest team in the history of baseball, and all sports!!! … I look forward to your future posts and comments … Keep up the great work … Take care, JB … Best Wishes, Jimmy [27NYY] …


I agree – this was a really nice post. It’s always frustrating to watch your team stink up the joint, and you made that point very nicely. At the very least, the Pirates do have the best looking joint to stink up in the league, in my opinion.

Very nice post. I’m a die hard Yankees fan too and I love the team for all the same reasons you do. Once again great post.

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