So I was checking Grantland yesterday, like I do everyday, and saw an article entitled In Search of Baseball's Holy Grail, with a subtitle mentioning how baseball history was being rewritten. My interest was mildly aroused and I clicked on the piece. To my surprise and shock, it was a profile of David Block and his fantastic work. The article quoted John Thorn, mentioned Larry McCray and even provided a link to Protoball.
Shocked doesn't begin to cover how I felt. It's just amazing that the origins research that I'm a very small part of got mainstream sporting press coverage. What we're doing is so weird and niche that I've always figured that nobody was paying attention or much cared. I always figured that whenever any of us wrote a book it was only bought by other folks in the research community. And that was never a big deal because none of us are looking for publicity or credit. We just enjoy the work, think it's a lot of fun and believe that it's a worthwhile project. I do this stuff simply because I like it. If it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it. But, good Lord, now this stuff ends up on a subsite of ESPN.com? That's crazy.
As soon as I figured out what the piece was and had skimmed through it, I emailed Larry and asked him if he had hired a publicist and didn't bother to tell me. He told me that David was pleased with the piece and admitted that he had no idea what Grantland was. Which is funny. And I would imagine that David and John also have never been to Grantland. But that's about as mainstream as it gets in the online sporting press and the fact that they covered origins research and linked to Protoball just blows my mind.
So congratulations to all involved and I hope you head over and read an amazingly unique piece.