Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Buster Olney!

Half-listening to radio interview today, a talk about baseball. Here's something the sports fans of my acquaintance don't believe: I like sports. Really, I do. I just don't have any interest in following sports, except maybe the Olympics, which are fairly easy to follow because they don't come along that often.

Anyway, the talk was about the Yankees, but I'd missing its beginning. At the end, I heard that the interview subject was Buster Olney. Buster Olney on NPR!

This from ESPN: "Buster Olney is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine. A baseball reporter since 1989, Olney has covered the Padres, Orioles, Mets and Yankees. Olney, a bestselling author, joined ESPN The Magazine in 2003, after six years at The New York Times."

A few years younger than I am, Buster went to Vanderbilt and wrote about sports for The Vanderbilt Hustler, the student newspaper I also worked for. We were only nodding acquaintances, but I knew even then that he was a consumate baseball fan. I got a kick out of hearing that he's doing what he seemed perfectly suited to do, and clearly wanted to do: be a baseball writer. Good for him.

He even has a Wikipedia entry. (But so can anyone; but I suspect the volunteer "notability police" won't erase his entry.)


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