Joe Posnanski On Mac Thomason

The outpouring of kind words and acts from all over the baseball corner of the interwebs has been a great salute to how many people Mac Thomason and Braves Journal reached. He had fans big and small, including one of the best baseball writers of our generation, Joe Posnanski, who took the time to write a passionate eulogy (if I may call it that) of Thomason. Here is just part of it:

Mac Thomason began Braves Journal in 1998 -- because, as is written in the touching words written about him, CompuServe offered free web hosting. It was so long ago that "CompuServe" does not clear today’s computer spell check. It was right around that time that I actually wrote for a website by CompuServe called "WOW" which was short for "Wow, this idea won’t last very long."

Mac’s idea for Braves Journal shifted and varied through the years, but it always came from the same place: An undying love for the Atlanta Braves and a defiant intolerance of the stupid things they did. And of course, intertwined in that was a strong feeling about baseball, its rhythms, its myths, its joys, its many annoyances. Today, I go to the site and just read down the categories chart.

There’s 400 Not Greatest Braves, which includes the classic "The all-Mac Hates Them Team," with its double play combination of Bret Boone (152 games with Atlanta in 1999, didn’t hit, didn’t field, 0.0 WAR) and Ozzie Guillen (two part-time seasons at the end of his career).

This is truly a great tribute by Posnanski. It's amazing how he writes so elegantly about a man he didn't even know. His post on Mac is a must read.

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