More than any other sport, baseball lends itself to individual blog obsession. Every Major League Baseball team has several blogs obsessed with chronicling the ins-and-outs of everything. Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each team. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Oakland Athletics.
The A's might not have made the playoffs this season, but it's pretty clear that those who were hoping to bury Smilin' Billy Beane and company are going to have to drink a big glass of Shut The Hell Up for a while. Oakland is clearly on the right track, and those who wanted to close their ears and yell "Nyah nyah nyah, I can't hear you!" when everyone was talking about Moneyball just all seem kind of dumb now. But will they ever win the World Series? Does Beane's shit work in the playoffs? It'll be another year until we get closer to the answer to that one.
3. Athletic Supporters. It's not just the name that's funny; this site by Melissa Lockard and Mitchell Plitnick has sneaked its way up the crowded A's blog chart.
2. Athletics Nation. Perhaps the best section of this all-encompassing site is the comments section, which is consistently informative and gossipy without being bitchy. Great place to check in on the A's world.
1. Elephants In Oakland. The A's site we've been reading for the longest, and still our favorite. Comprehensive, smart and definitely clever. Only problem: It remains about four years late for a redesign.
(Monday: Chicago Cubs.)