January 19, 2013
Michael Clair's Charity Baseball Blogathon for Doctors Without Borders
At 11 AM on Saturday morning, Michael Clair started blogging about baseball at his excellent site, Old Time Family Baseball. He won't stop blogging until 11 AM on Sunday, by which time he will have published 48 posts, one for each half-hour interval. None of the posts is pre-written; he's doing it live. So far, he's memorialized Earl Weaver, searched for the next Vin Scully, broken down bad baseball movies to liveblog later, and diagrammed Jeff Karstens' amusing anatomy. He's doing this not because it's how he relaxes on weekends, but because he wants to make some money for a worthy organization, Doctors Without Borders. Sure, some might say it's time we took the Doctors down a notch—you wear a white coat and save some lives, and suddenly you start to believe the borders everyone else observes no longer apply to you—but Michael raised $2000 for them in his first annual charity blogathon last year, and now he's back and aiming for at least $3000. (Next year, one assumes, he'll be dreaming of 4000.)
But that, as they say in the infomercials, 's not all. Michael's 24 hours of blogging are just the start: after that, he's got a full day of guest posts by other baseball writers lined up (including yours truly, Larry Granillo, Jason Wojciechowski, and some others you might recognize from BP's past). He's also raffling away prizes for those who donate, including free subscriptions to Baseball Prospectus, gift certificates to MLB.com and Ebbets Field Flannels, a copy of Out of the Park Baseball, some good baseball books (including Best of Baseball Prospectus), some so-bad-they're-good baseball movies, and more.
So why not be one of those possible prizewinners? Michael is nearly a third of the way to his goal (as of 2:30 ET), and he could use your help to get the rest of the way there. Please donate now.
*Update* Here's my piece on the significance of the rapid rise and fall of Jack Zduriencik's reputation. Michael has now raised over $2200 (as of 12:40 PM ET on Sunday), but still needs help to get to his goal.