Off Base
Q & A With SoSG

March 11, 2011, 11: 49 a.m. This one's a little different. Part five in our series about the Dodgers and new media celebrates the Sons of Steve Garvey.

It's not the up-close-and-personal look I was going for, but I did try. Really, I did.

It's just that the Sons are careful to maintain their anonymity, and there was no piercing the armor of protectiveness surrounding that newsroom this time out. They're staying in character whether you like or not. My guess is, you do.

Look, SoSG is my favorite Dodgers blog, I've said so here for some time, and told them as much. The writing is smart, fun and funny (there is a distinction, by the way). With work this good, you'd think they'd want to take credit for it. I've nudged them repeatedly and will continue to.

But they'll be more revealing on their own terms, not mine, so we might as well just enjoy the responses, exactly as they were given to us. Here goes: When and how did you guys get started? What was the thought process?

Sons of Steve Garvey: "Sons of Steve Garvey was founded in 1926, long before the invention of the internet, or Steve Garvey himself. We were seven penniless urchins hoping to find an outlet for expressing our opinions on Ye Fabulous New Sport of Base Ball.

As the thinking went, if we could anticipate the coming of the internet and start collecting JPEGs and writing game threads well in advance, we'd be stockpiling content in advance while we paid the bills by moonlighting on the Herbert Hoover Presidential campaign."

BS: Why the name, "Sons of Steve Garvey?"

SoSG: "Simple: We all grew up during the heyday of the historic Garvey-Lopes-Cey-Russell infield, and all fell in love with the offensive power, good looks, and gargantuan forearms of the larger-than-life first baseman. (pause) What do you mean, double entendre?"
BS: Do you make a living with SoSG, or do you have "real" jobs too?

SoSG: "Although the site pulls in millions in ad revenues, we like to keep busy with day jobs, such as arms dealer, gigolo, and gravedigger. And that's just one of us!"

BS: What are your goals for the site, and how have they changed over time?

SoSG: "The original intent of the site was to act as a clearinghouse for all the Dodger-related emails clogging our inboxes. It gradually and subtly evolved into the insightful repository of poop and dick jokes you see today."

BS: Thoughts on new media and the Dodgers, and how you fit into the grand scheme of things?

SoSG: Kudos (both the praise and the candy bar) to [Dodgers VP of Communications] Josh Rawitch for being on the early curve of social media. His plan to allow access in order to encourage balanced representation was super-duper smart. Or, 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer.'

As for fitting into the grand scheme of things, we consider Sons of Steve Garvey to be at the center of the Dodgerblogosphere. Not to boast, but we are arguably the finest anonymous-identity consortium-written Dodger blog in the world. Or at least in the top three."

BS: Can you give me a typical day-in-the-life of the blog during the season?


6:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Sleep in.
7:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Sleep in.
8:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Sleep in.
9:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Sleep in.
10:00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Wake up frantically, wipe drool off pillow. Stagger to computer to post daily Game Thread. Open first beer of day. Go back to sleep.

(And that's just our early routine, for day games.)
BS: What baseball blogs, and/or mainstream media do you enjoy reading?

SoSG: "Every blog in our "Sites We Dig" section is a worth a read. It's fun to see how Dodgers beat writers Ken Gurnick, Dylan Hernandez and Tony Jackson approach the same story. And right now, anything Joe Posnanski writes is a must-read."
BS: What's your opinion of Frank McCourt?

SoSG: "Terrific writer. He'll be missed."
BS: Dodgers' chances in 2011?

SoSG: "Expectations are low after last year's debacle of a season. And we're not even sure they'll meet those expectations."
BS: Anything else you'd like to talk about?

SoSG: "Echolocation, also called biosonar, is the biological sonar used by several animals, most notably microchiropteran bats and odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins), but has also been demonstrated in simpler form in other groups such as shrews, one genus of megachiropteran bats (Rousettus) and two cave dwelling bird groups, the so called cave swiftlets in the genus Aerodramus (formerly Collocalia) and the unrelated Oilbird Steatornis caripensis. The term echolocation was coined by Donald Griffin, whose work with Robert Galambos was the first to conclusively demonstrate its existence in bats in 1938. However, long before that, the Italian 18th century scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani had, by means of a series of elaborate experiments concluded that bats navigated by hearing and not vision. Echolocation in odontocetes was not properly described before two decades later, by Schevill and McBride."

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