Great news for SB Nation today, for those of you are frequent visitors to any of the nearly 300 websites that make up this network and for you who are fans of the blogosphere. Rob Neyer, formerly a baseball columnist for ESPN, has joined SB Nation.
In his initial column for SB Nation Neyer takes on the 'Us vs. Them' mentality that pervades the mainstream medias and led him to switch sides.
I love this segment of Neyer's post.
I've got a lot of passions, and generally I won't bore you with them. But the passion I indulge almost every day of my life is good writing. I crave it, and when I find it, I treasure it. I surround myself with books full of good writing, and I can't get through the day without scribbling down a brilliant sentence or delightful word in a thick journal that's always close at hand.
Also, it's my business. I'm one of the lucky few who gets paid to indulge his first love.
Where the good writing comes from, though, is irrelevant. All that matters is the writing.
You're paid to write? I know lots of professional writers who either never learned to write well, or have forgotten. You work for a famous website or newspaper? The big boys don't have a monopoly on good writing, let alone facts.
I am thrilled to have Neyer as part of the SB Nation team. I am also shocked. The powers that be played this one close to the vest. Nobody knew until Neyer's column showed up on SBNation.com.
This is a very big day for SB Nation as Neyer is the biggest mainstream writer to come to the network. Welcome aboard, Rob! Glad to have you on our side.