The August copy of Wired just arrived in my mailbox, which means I missed the opportunity to command the throngs of Suellentrop.com readers to inflate the newsstand sales of the July issue, which contains a short essay by me about how the Internet could save the Kansas City Royals. (See this post at The Opinionator for another example of my still-nascent attempt to insert Royals coverage into every publication in America.) Instead, I decree that you order several back issues from Conde Nast. (Thanks, Mom!)
If you do have a hard copy of the July Wired, you can turn to the contributors' page to see a photo of me with the loyal Suellentrop.com dog, Wookiee. Take that, Simon! Take that, Eddy and Dusty! You won't find any cutesy canine photos here. Wookiee and I don't do dog blogging. Only dog journalism.
Shorter Wired: "The baseball fan's annual end-of-season lament is supposed to be, 'Wait till next year.' But most fans have no realistic hope that their boys of summer will ever win a pennant. Major-market titans like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox dominate the sport, slugging out win after win while once-mighty franchises like the Kansas City Royals (who, not so long ago –- OK, more than two decades ago -– went to the playoffs six times in 10 years) remain perennial cellar dwellers. The culprit is competitive imbalance, Major League Baseball’s euphemism for an economic structure that gives teams in big media markets access to more money and, therefore, more resources to build a strong team. But that’s about to change, thanks to Internet video and the YouTube generation."