Writer for the Connecticut Tigers, the Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Baseball Digest Staff Writer, Contributing writer to Vine Line (the official publication of the Chicago Cubs), ESPN’s Sweet Spot Network and MLB.com/Entertainment. Author of Top 100 Chicago Cubs MLBlog “Prose and Ivy” since December, 2007. BA in Communications. Official site: http://www.wix.com/maloney_ryan/sportsreporter
Love collecting DVD’s, hanging at home with my family and watching Cubs games. Cubs fan. Comedian, Writer, Actor, Producer, Computer owner, Blog enthusiast. Looking forward to talking Cubs with everyone throughout the Winter Meetings/offseason, through Spring Training and all of 2012! Ah One, Ah Two, Ah Three…GO CUBS GO!
An interview I did for the MLBlogs community blog, run by MLB.com’s Enterprise Editor, Mark Newman:
(I should do an updated one of these…I’m sure some of the answers would be different three years later)
Spheroid: Prose and Ivy
MLBlogger: Ryan at Prose and Ivy
Signup date: Dec. 5, 2007
1. Why do you blog?
I live in New York City (I’m in Chicago a lot now so meeting Cubs fans has become much easier) and there aren’t many Cubs fans that I’ve met here so far who are readily available to talk about the day’s Cub headlines or the most recent Cubs game. It’s great to have access to a community of baseball fans in general, but especially to be able to reach out and communicate with other Cubs fans on a daily basis. Until the Cubs hire me as a beat reporter/analyst, this is the closest I’ll come to either…and I love it!
2. What was your favorite post?
My favorite post would probably be the one titled “The Face, The Brace, The Pace, The Place and The Ace” or “The Poster Child”. The first one was one of those blogs where you feel like you have so much to say it just flows once you sit down and start typing. Those are exciting when they happen. The other one I just think is really funny…my own little parody of the Cubs upcoming ads for the 2008 team. Good times. (I know there are a handful of others I’d list here…maybe I’ll include in the sidebar soon…links to them).
3. Strangest blogging experience?
The first time I received a comment because I couldn’t believe people were actually reading my blog. It’s made me post nearly daily lately with people responding and the feedback I’ve received regarding how many people are enjoying my page. (This still holds true).
4. What is your favorite blog, including at least one MLBlog?
There are couple that I was really enjoying yet can’t seem to find any longer which is too bad. I really like Crawly’s Cubs (no longer active) and Some Ballyard. A good mix of humor and analyst is what I really enjoy when reading someone else’s blog. And anyone who enjoys my blog…I generally read there’s regularly too.
5. What would you be doing if you weren’t blogging?
Walking my dogs. They REALLY should be outside on a walk right now.
6. Where do you think the blogosphere is going?
Blu-ray? I don’t know you got me. (Turns out, it was headed to WordPress).
7. Favorite team and why?
Cubs. Chicago Cubs. Yes those Cubs. Great characters on the team, great potential, great history, great fans, great stadium, the seventh inning stretch, the underdog status year in and year out, wondering if this will be the year and how many more years I’ll be wondering if this will be the year…and Ryne Sandberg. He was the man.
8. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have met two of my comedy heroes in rest rooms (BIZARRE but true). I met Chevy Chase in rest room at a political fundraiser a few years back and was so excited I shook his hand to meet him
before I had a chance to dry my hands after washing them. After shaking my hand he looked at me and said “You gave me a wet shake.” I didn’t know what to say…all I could come up with was “It’s all water I swear.” The other was Bill Cosby in a Barnes and Noble bathroom in NY. I was waiting for the bathroom to become available and right behind me walk in two huge security guys…behind them, a man with sunglasses and a baseball cap. Quickly that man became Bill Cosby. SO COOL. I didn’t want to bother him although inside I was freaking out as he is a stand up legend. He then said to me “Are you waiting?” I turned and looked at him and said “Yes, Mr. Cosby. I am waiting.” He just turned away, then turned back, smiled and said “We are waiting.” He then left. But for a brief moment there, Bill Cosby and I were doing the same exact thing at the same exact time. Again…SO COOL. (And yes, he was wearing ‘one of those sweaters’.)
9. Happiness is…
…champagne all over your team’s clubhouse at the end of the World Series. I’d say that’s happiness indeed. (Indeed).