[Ed. note: Once or twice throughout the season, the United Cardinal Bloggers undertake a roundtable discussion via e-mail that involves and answers various questions from the bloggers taking part over the course of a few weeks. We've spent most of our writing time answering those questions and taking part in those discussions (gladly, I might add), so figured they are fair game to post here - not to mention trying to gain a little exposure for both the project as well as some other blogs you all should be reading.]
Mike Metzger from Stan Musial’s Stance asks:
I couldn’t decide between these 2 questions, so I figured, ask them both!
1. Which Cardinal do you expect to have a big 2010 season and why? And you can’t pick AP, he has a big season every year.
2. There are millions of Cardinal fans across the country and around the world, but only a handful decided to write, either professionally or for fun, about the team. What compelled you to start writing about the Cardinals? Or for our professional brethren, what led you to a career in sports journalism?
1. Brad Penny. Let’s see, a pitcher with something to prove after a couple of rough seasons. Dave Duncan finally getting hold of one of his desired pet projects. Penny’s already working on throwing his sinker more, and likely more effectively. I reckon we’re going to see another one-year contract pitcher leave for greener pastures and never replicate the magic he had with Dunc. When will these fellas learn?
2. As a displaced Cardinals fan – displaced in the worst of alternative locales, Chicago – I started Pitchers Hit Eighth in the spring of 2008 primarily as a means of forcing myself to keep up with the Redbirds. I purchased the domain, installed a blogging platform, purchased my MLB.tv subscription, and I was off and running. Certainly didn’t expect it to balloon into the daily obsession for me that it is now.
[You can read the remainder of the responses to this roundtable question by going to the main post at Stan Musial's Stance.]