My First Twitter-view: Thoughts on the Cubs, Writing, and my Diplomatic Style

My First Twitter-view: Thoughts on the Cubs, Writing, and my Diplomatic Style
My broken foot and friends at Anaheim's Trout Farm. This helped spur the #MLBFF interview.

A couple weeks ago, Jessica Jensen (@JessicaFastball) contacted me via Twitter DM (that's a direct message for you troglodytes) to ask whether I'd be interested in being interviewed for her resuscitated #MLBFF series.  Ever willing to participate in a little self-promotion, I agreed with little hesitation.

Besides, how could I say no to the only person I know with a bigger foot fetish than either Rex Ryan or Quentin Tarantino?  Of course, I consider Jessica's podiatric proclivities to be a bit more clinical in nature than the exploits of the aforementioned duo.

I don't consider myself much of an authority on either the Cubs or writing (an opinion many of you share unabashedly), though I seem to have wrangled myself a position combining the two.  That's been great for me and has gotten mixed reviews from some of you.  But in all seriousness, I do know a little about writing.  And, I suppose, about the Cubs.

Twitter can be both a blessing and a curse in that interactions are succinct due to the 140-character limit.  This forces you to condense thoughts into bite-size morsels, though that doesn't always make them easy to swallow.  In fact, distilled thoughts can sometimes be even less palatable than their fully-fleshed brethren.

And then there's the matter of the timeline, which starts from the most recent tweets and goes back from there.  A standard interview, however, is conducted in a static medium and moves from from oldest to newest and can be arranged easily in that order.

Holding a Q&A over social media, then, has some inherent problems and can be maddeningly hard to follow.  As such, I took the liberty of arranging our #MLBFF discussion to provide greater continuity and flow.

Author's note: should be "ride," not "rider."

Jessica did a great job with the questions and took the conversation down some great paths.  I wish we'd have had more than just the allotted hour, as the time went by all too quickly.  In fact, it went so well that we're planning on conducting a follow-up today, 4/4, at 4:30EST/5:30CST at an as-yet-undetermined date and time.

That should coincide with the latter third of the Cubs' home opener, so my attention may be divided, but I'll do my best to manage.  I spent some time earlier lamenting some of the other pitfalls of a live Twitter-view, but there are some great perks to it too.

For one, those of you who enjoy Twitter, even those similarly engrossed in the Cubs game, can follow along and provide feedback to either of us and even throw in some questions of your own.  It's truly an interactive format and the restrictions are loose, if they even exist at all.

So with another thanks to Jessica, I look forward to the next interview and I invite any readers to save the date and jump on board.  Until next time!

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  • most fans dont understand the economics of baseball. and dont care to learn. they just want wins now!

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    In reply to CubfanInUT:

    The owners are rich and need to spend, spend, spend! It always amazes me when people get mad that an owner tries to make money. Isn't that what any business owner wants? And since winning (the right way) will make you more money, that's what Ricketts wants to do. Many people would be well-served to read the Bleacher Nation piece that covers the Cubs' finances.

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