Every month the United Cardinal Bloggers try to take up a network wide blogging project. This month, those who could participate volunteered and were paired up to interview their fellow bloggers to find out a little about them. I got to interview Aaron from El Maquino and ask him about his love of the Cardinals and why he chooses to blog. As part of the project, he interviewed me and you can find that on his site.
Aaron, how did you become a Cardinals’ fan?
Well, I’m from Kansas City, but when I first got into baseball about six years ago, I knew I had to choose a team. But I quickly found out that my hometown Royals had management that couldn’t care less about their fans. I figured if they didn’t care about me, I wouldn’t care about them.
Not wanting to be a bandwagon fan and pick a big east coast team, I chose the next closest franchise: the Cardinals.
Who is your favorite Cardinals’ player?
Albert Pujols is by far my favorite player and always will be. Not only is he the greatest player of all time, he plays for my favorite team and is a great model for modern Christians. His talent alone is enough for him to be my favorite. His character is pepperoni on the pizza.
What is your favorite Cardinals’ moment?
Favorite Cardinals moment is tough since I’ve only followed closely since 2009. Uh, maybe when Albert knocked the “I” out of the BIG MAC sign? His 400th was cool. Carp’s near no-hitter was great until it blew up at the end. The fight against the Reds.
What got you into blogging about the Cardinals?
I used to have a site by the same name that I updated for part of last season, but it ate up way too much of my time and I shut it down. But in December, I got the itch for writing again.
I knew I wanted to be a baseball writer in some capacity someday, so I started up EM2 with the idea that I would use it for writing practice.
How did you get connected with the United Cardinal Bloggers?
I signed up for the BBA (Baseball Bloggers Association) to promote my site and Dan Shoptaw invited me to the UCB. So here I am!
Do you have any aspirations to go beyond blogging about the Cardinals? Maybe pursuing something related as a career?
As I said, I want to do this for a living someday. Recently, EM has done incredibly well and has made me wonder if I could be hired as an online writer someday. I hope to go to MU’s journalism school which would be a virtual free pass in the journalism world.
What do you think is the Cardinals’ #1 offseason priority going into the winter?
SIGN ALBERT. Other than that, gotta keep Wainwright and Yadi. I’d hate to see Carp go since he’s my second favorite player, but I get that that may not be prudent. And Berkman’s gone.
For additions, I’m not expecting a lot. Maybe a utility guy, some relievers, an unexciting starter?
Will you change the name of your blog if Albert Pujols doesn’t return next season?
Nice question! Shoot, I think he’ll stay, but it not… Yeah, I guess I would. He’ll always be my favorite anyways. It’d also be a hassle to change the “brand name” I’ve been able to build.
Well, you can always come write for Redbird Dugout if that happens.
If you are interested in finding more interviews, there should be a post aggregating the links at the United Cardinal Bloggers website.