Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

("Pearls Before Swine" © 2005 Stephan Pastis)
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Talking Tigers on the Radio Tonight

The Detroit Tigers must be in a pennant race, because I've been invited back onto the radio.  I'll be a guest on "The Benchwarmers" tonight from Toledo's WSPD 1370-AM.  The show starts at 6 p.m. EST; I'm scheduled to call in around 7 p.m. 

Last time I appeared on the show was during Spring Training, and we wondered just what kind of team the Tigers would have this year.  Now, we have a pretty good idea that this should be a playoff team, with a very meaningful last six weeks of the season to be played.

You can listen to a live stream of the show at the WSPD website.  Again, I'll be on around 7 p.m. EST, but the show begins at 6 p.m.  I don't know if they'll be taking calls during my segment, but the phone numbers and e-mail address are listed on the show page, so I'm hoping you can chime in. 


Strut That Gut!

I posted a link to this article on Facebook, but now that the new blog is up and running, I couldn't let the affirmation of pot bellies in last week's New York Times go without celebration.  It took more than 30 years, but I finally caught up to hipster culture.  Or did hipster culture catch up with me?

(The early 90s grunge era was good for me, however, as I was already mostly wearing flannel shirts and jeans all the time.) 

Unfortunately, I've been regularly going to a gym for about six weeks now.  It must be that natural Casselberry counter-culture streak in me.  (Dad would be so proud!)  But maybe I could keep the pot belly.  (Of course, if a pot belly was my only problem, I probably wouldn't be going to a gym.) 

Speaking of that gym, it was difficult not to laugh the other day at two workout buddies who were constantly lifting up their shirts and checking out their abs in the mirror after each set.  Evidently, these guys missed the memo.

They continued the six-pack preening later on in the locker room, too.  (One side, fellas.  Gotta wash my hands after all that sweat and shared handles.)  Which brings me to this quote from the NY Times piece:

“I sort of think the six-pack abs obsession got so prissy it stopped being masculine,” is how Aaron Hicklin, the editor of Out, explains the emergence of the Ralph Kramden. What once seemed young and hot, for gay and straight men alike, now seems passé. Like manscaping, spray-on tans and other metrosexual affectations, having a belly one can bounce quarters off suggests that you may have too much time on your hands.

Hmm, I do have a lot of time on my hands.  (If the blogging wasn't a tip-off.)  But if I start to rock the hard abs a year from now, I'll do my best to cut back. 

Now can the NY Times do an article about guys who are way too comfortable standing around and talking to each other while completely naked?  There's a gym issue that needs to be addressed.


Bad Decisions in Photo Posting

So I may have gotten a little carried away after the Detroit Tigers' 7-6 win yesterday over the Seattle Mariners. Clete Thomas drove in the game-winning run, which inspired me to, well... see for yourself.

Mostly, it was because the AP photos that we're allowed to run at SportsBlogs Nation hadn't yet posted any images of Thomas's late-game heroics. But maybe, subconsciously, I also wanted to sell a few t-shirts.

Should I mention that the shirts taste like victory? (Hey, I needed to hold the shirt up while my left hand took the picture...)


Rat's Guide to Avoiding Disappointment

There are several things I've lost track of over the past few months due to baseball season (watching movies and TV shows, reading books, kissing girls), but what I've really fallen behind on is reading my favorite comic strips each day. A recent "Pearls Before Swine" reminded me that I need to get back on that. Otherwise, I miss out on gems like this.

("Pearls Before Swine" © 2009 Stephan Pastis)

Thank you, Stephan Pastis, for perfectly capturing my current outlook on life with mere pen, ink, and paper. (Along with whatever you use to color the strips.) This is beautiful.

If I could pass this strip out to everyone I know, I'd do it. Posting it here accomplishes the same purpose, I suppose. (You can read the complete strip here. I had to crop out a panel for space purposes.)

Have a good day!


Don Draper, Even Cool with Wet Pants

For the benefit of my dear friend Ms. Hooz (who should maybe get a new nickname, with the new blog and all), I'm posting a picture of the print ad campaign for Season 3 of Mad Men.  Has anyone ever looked calmer in a flooding room than Don Draper?

But that was no Photoshop trick. Jon Hamm was really up to his knees in a tank of water, as he showed when he appeared last week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. (He also informs us that the water is a metaphor, so apparently there will be no plumbing accidents at Sterling Cooper this season. Too bad, as I would've liked to see if Pete Campbell keeps inflatable wings in one of his desk drawers.)

If you're pressed for time, scroll ahead to the 3:36 mark of the interview.


Hey, Thanks For Stopping By

Welcome to the New Hotness.  (Well, for me, anyway.) 

I've been mulling over a move from Blogger for a few months now, but my baseball blogging has been taking up a lot of my time.  (Too much, really.)  But I've been playing with Squarespace for a couple of months now, and like all of the tools they have to offer.  (Especially with photos, video, and audio.)  Eventually, I hope this will be more than just a blog, and kind of an archive and one-stop shop for most of the writing I've done. 

I don't know how much people pay attention to blogrolls anymore, but I tried to add all of the sites that I read regularly and/or have linked back to me in the past.  But there was a little bit of pruning in the transition to the new site.  If I missed you, please let me know. 

Otherwise, the plan is to do here what I've always done.  Funny stories, rants, movie reviews, links to interesting stuff around the internet, and nudges toward other stuff I might be doing these days.  I just hope to do it more often and mo' better. 

I'm still dying to write about The Hurt Locker, so hopefully, there will be at least a Four-Sentence Movie Review on that today or tomorrow.  (I don't think I'll be able to rein myself in, however.) 

Thank you for stopping over to check out the new blog.  I will try my best to make it worth your time on a regular basis.  (Just bear with me while I learn on the fly.)

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