More than any other sport, baseball lends itself to individual blog obsession. Whether it's the glut of statistics, the constant opportunities for second-guessing or just the fact that you have something to write about every day, every Major League Baseball team has several blogs obsessed with chronicling the ins-and-outs of everything. Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and 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 email@example.com. Today: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
There might be no more thankless endeavor than writing a daily blog on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The D-Rays have been the worst team in baseball pretty much every year since entering the league in 1993. They're so bad that their manager even hates them. Only the self-hating could possibly follow this team every single day.
Some have tried. The blog Ya Gotta Believe struck an optimistic note ... until giving up in March and ceasing all posts. Unholy Rays gives it the old college try, but can't bring himself to update more than once every couple of weeks, and only with good news, which is, of course, rare. (They gave up in June too.)
So our award goes to the intrepid souls at DraysBay, which updates every day and still is able to keep a semblance of sanity. The trick is to focus on the future, with a healthy dose of minor league updates. You can't ignore the grim present, but site editors David Bloom and Jim Wisinski bring the pain every day, without killing themselves or each other. As the front page says, "Until the 162nd game of the season is played, there will always be hope for the next day." We have to respect that; that's not nearly enough to make up for being a Devil Rays fan, but it's something, anyway.
(Tomorrow: The Colorado Rockies)