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 Houston Astros.
Our obvious biases aside, it's difficult to dislike the Astros, and believe us, we've tried. Sure, it's fun to hate Roger Clemens, but after him, it's a bunch of professionals like Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. It's tough to root against those guys. Though we're finding a way.
Special nod, by the way, to Plunk Biggio, a site obsessed with Biggio's propensity to being hit by pitchers. More a general site than Astros-focused, we still felt like it merited a mention.
3. The Juice Box. A riff off the stadium name — Minute Maid Park — we think this would have been more entertaining if the park were still called Enron Field. (We still call it Dick Cheney Field.) Smart and well done, though.
2. Crawfish Boxes. Sometimes a little TOO sober — we kind of like people to start screaming and throwing things sometimes — but that's hardly a criticism.
1. The Dugout. Lisa Gray knows her stuff and is compulsively readable. The site's good enough that it makes you almost want to see the Astros keep playing in the postseason. Almost.
(Monday: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)