Ron Rollins was reading ShysterBall — and yelling at me for saying statheady things — way back in early 2007. Back then the only other regular readers were my mom and the people Googling pictures of Alyssa Milano. The Googlers soon realized that there was nothin’ good here, and even my mom eventually gave up, but Ron still reads, comments and generally stirs up crap around here from time to time. I’m glad he does that.
I’m also glad to report that Ron, who already writes a nice international baseball bog, is now writing professionally for an even bigger international baseball blog. His first post compares the social/media phenomenon that is Alex Rodriguez to the social/media phenomenon that was Babe Ruth. It’s striking in that “Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy” kind of way. There will be new posts there every Wednesday, and I highly recommend that you check them out. And of course, don’t forget to check out his regular blog, Baseball Over Here.
Another good reason to click thorugh: of all of the people who are trying to make a buck or two off of blogging, Ron deserves your clicks the most. Why? Because unlike the rest of us, Ron is doing this for 100% selfless reasons. Until around a year ago, Ron had a pretty comfortable life in Missouri, working a job like the rest of us, enjoying the occasional beer, reading blogs, and watching a lot of baseball. Ron has a young daughter in the U.K., however, and Ron knew that she needed him in her life, and he needed her. So he quit his job, sold all of his stuff, and at an age where most of us are most worried about lawn care and antacids, Ron picked up and moved to Bournemouth, England. As you might expect, it’s not easy to get a job when you’re not a citizen, especially in this economy. Ron has nonetheless perservered, long beyond the point most of us would have given up and come home. Our clicks — both on the articles and the ads if you’d be so good to do so — would help him out immensely.