These three blogs bring three very unique perspectives. Schilling, of course, is an absolute superstar. To see someone of his stature opening up like this (and leaving himself exposed) is downright rare. Neshek was blogging as a minor leaguer and brings the perspective of a youngster breaking into the big leagues.
C.J. brings something else. C.J. is a journeyman. Since he was drafted in 1994, he has been traded four times, signed as a free agent a dozen times, and released eight times—including four times in 2002 alone. He has played for eight big league teams (Detroit twice) and many more minor league teams. But it is the last transaction that makes C.J.’s blog so compelling.
This past offseason, he signed a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan. He is documenting the experience on his site. It is interesting to see the perspective of an American player going overseas and learning the differences between the way the game is conducted in both countries. C.J. also is interviewed by MLB Radio from time to time, discussing baseball life in Japan, and of course, Daisuke Matsuzaka.
I find it interesting when anyone in the public eye—from Schilling to Zach Braff to John Edwards—takes the opportunity (and the risk) to open up and blog. While blogging is hard work, being able to connect with your fans/readers/followers on a more intimate level just has to be helping these people. Soon, I won’t be writing about who IS blogging. It will be finger-pointing about who doesn’t get it—who ISN’T connecting with fans.