I would have liked to have known you/But I hate the Twins
May 24, 2007 11:09 AM   Subscribe

Requiem for a Bat Girl. Three years ago, writer Anne Ursu started a blog devoted to the Minnesota Twins. Pretty much immediately she was lauded as one of the best baseball bloggers. And then came the Lego reenactments. (Favorites: 1, 2, 3) And the Boyfriends. Yesterday, she ended the blog to spend more time with her young son. She will be missed.
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posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:15 AM on May 24, 2007

I don't understand British people and their fascination with cricket.

Waitaminute...aw, damn.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:35 AM on May 24, 2007

yet another woman abandoning a flourishing career for family. Such irony that it was a home-based business too.
posted by parmanparman at 11:40 AM on May 24, 2007

Wow! dw, nice post -- this is quite a find. This 'blog is so incredibly good that it could've gotten me rooting for the Twinge, and I'm pretty much in Reds/Tribe country. It's a shame that I'm finding out about it as Anne turns to full-time mommying (and believe me, that's damn near a 24/7 gig at the outset).

(Hmmm. Better go see if any Indians fans have weblogs...)
posted by pax digita at 11:41 AM on May 24, 2007

She will be missed here in Twins Territory. It should also be mentioned that 3B Nick Punto was surprised by fans calling him Batgirl's nickname for him: "Little Nicky Punto".
posted by Ber at 11:48 AM on May 24, 2007

Now, there are 7 women who care about baseball.
posted by four panels at 12:23 PM on May 24, 2007

Detroit all the way.... but still a great blog. Thanks for the post.
posted by dpx.mfx at 12:42 PM on May 24, 2007

The "exclusive Legovision" twist is a stroke of comedy genius. As an example, here's the March 2005 Congressional steroid hearings, reenacted in plastic. Note Bud Selig's avatar.
posted by pax digita at 12:53 PM on May 24, 2007

Thanks, that's a great blog.
/was a Twins fan from when they were still the Senators right up till college days
posted by languagehat at 1:32 PM on May 24, 2007

Wonder if Bat Girl was disappointed to have a single child instead of Twins.
posted by Cranberry at 1:36 PM on May 24, 2007

Too bad. Hers was one of my favorite baseball blogs.
posted by sellout at 1:58 PM on May 24, 2007

I met Anne before she was famous. She was at a Valentine's Day poetry slam at Kieran's Pub in downtown ManyApples, ManySodas and won by a landslide, the coup de grace being her love poem from a 15-year-old girl to Richard Nixon extolling his jowly, shady, but oddly sexy virtues. Upon her winning, her future husband came up to the microphone and proposed marriage, which she accepted. I began noticing her pieces in the local alternative weekly shortly thereafter. Then she was gone. The next I heard from her, she had published her first novel and was doing a book signing at the Hungry Mind, a now defunct but once famous bookstore near Macalester College in San Pablo. I reminded her of the scene at Kieran's upon which she turned bright red and stammered, oh my god, you were there...!

She will be sorely missed 'round these parts.
posted by Mental Wimp at 4:00 PM on May 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

(Hmmm. Better go see if any Indians fans have weblogs...)

Here's USS Mariner's list of recommended baseball blogs.
posted by dw at 8:25 PM on May 24, 2007

Honestly one of the few blogs I really enjoyed.
posted by MillMan at 10:33 AM on May 25, 2007

I love girl blogs about sports, if only because it gives me a way to read sports commentary and avoid the offensive boob comments or "that sideline reporter has a great ass" posts I see on boy-run blogs like Deadspin.

I never ran across this one since baseball isn't my bag, but many friends have encouraged me to start my own sports blog. Maybe someday, but I can guarantee you it wouldn't be as cool as Bat Girl.
posted by misskaz at 10:36 AM on May 25, 2007

Tis a sad day for me, Batgirl has been in my bookmarks for a couple of years now. I'm not even a Twins fan, but she did entertain well, had a great community put together, and I truly enjoyed her humorous irreverence. All the best to you and yours, Anne!
posted by scottymac at 11:21 AM on May 26, 2007

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