June 27, 2002
The Daily Prospectus
OvertureI'm in for a fun weekend.
It's 1:11 a.m. EDT, and I'm writing from the Park Plaza hotel in Boston, where the Society for American Baseball Research is holding its 32nd convention. There will be presentations, panels, Q&As, awards, a trip to Fenway Park, and all the humidity humans can stand. Maybe more.
But mostly, there will be 600-odd baseball fans hanging out and talking about the greatest game in the world. Even as I type this, the hotel bar is loaded with baseball lovers of all shapes and sizes, including a bunch of BP staffers-no one works a bar like Chris Kahrl-and some of the best baseball researchers on the planet.
Just this evening, I was involved in discussions ranging from the quality of play in the New York-Penn League to the way the 1996 World Series win was just better for us Yankee fans than the ones that followed. It was just a great environment for anyone who loves the game, to be surrounded by people who share that and who are coming together to immerse themselves in it for a while.
Does it get any better than this?
I have four days to find out.
The weekend ends with the Boston Pizza Feed (NOT a SABR-sponsored event, by the way).
I want to make something clear: we would love to have no limits on the number of people who can attend a Feed. However, at each event, we are forced to cap attendance according to the number of people who can fit in the allotted space. That's not our call, it's the call of the location.
I've received a lot of e-mail from people who know about the Boston feed, and the two New York ones, but who were unable to contact me before they were closed, and want to attend. As much as I want to meet as many BP readers as possible, and am sensitive to how quickly the Feeds filled, my hands are tied. As anyone who was at the L.A. Feed can attest, squeezing even an extra ten people into a room can make for an uncomfortable fit.
My apologies to everyone who has contacted me to try and get into a closed Feed. We'll continue to schedule them around the country, so we can meet and thank the people who've supported Baseball Prospectus for the past seven years.
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