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East Bay Express on Moneybutt (plus Butt Thread)

Well, I thought it was a joke when Rachel at the East Bay Express e-mailed asking for an interview about Moneybutt.

 It turns out she was quite serious and did a fairly long phone interview with me and turned it into a downright pleasant short article. I do note that she did kind of misrepresent what I said about Moneyball, but I forgive her.

Thanks to Baker for finding it (how?!) online here: "Runs Butted In". Great title.

Some key quotes.

The mathematician regularly contributes to the popular A's blog Athletics Nation, arguably one of the most imaginative sports-fan sites on the Internet today. Apricot says one thing he really likes about the blog is that it appeals to female sports fans. "I find that really nice," he says. "It makes for more sane conversations." ...

"About a year ago there was a controversy because some guys didn't like women talking about players' butts," he explains. "I didn't like the way that people who were criticizing all the butt talk were trying to make Athletics Nation more of a boy environment, and be hostile to the women on the site."

"One thing I really enjoy is to make sacrilegious, blasphemous choices. For example, I just chose Ramon Hernandez over Gandhi (shrug)," wrote blogger Rubin Sierra on July 28.

In honor of this small bit of old-press recognition of AN and Moneybutt, I declare the rest of this diary an Open Thread, with specific invitation to post any of your favorite attractive pictures of them A's.

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