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Evan Brunell doesn't feel guilty. He waited his entire life to see his beloved Boston Red Sox win the World Series.

That he may have to wait again as long as Fred Hale to see another BoSox championship doesn't bother him.

Fred was 28 when he saw the Sox win and then trade away their young hotshot pitcher Babe Ruth. He passed away 12 days before Dec. 1, 2004, which would have been his 114th birthday. Just days after watching the World Series with his 84-year-old son Fred Hale III.

Evan will turn 114 in 2098.

"Naw, I don't feel guilty," Brunell said via e-mail from Beantown. "I had enough heartache in my life.

"I also study Red Sox history," said Brunell, a freshman at Northeastern University. "So I felt very rewarded when we finally won it.

"If they never win again it's OK, cuz I saw one in my lifetime," he says before adding in true Denis Leary-diehard-Sox fashion, "But they WILL win again!"

It's party time in Beantown still, but while other freshmen are kegging their days away, Brunell is blogging-out big-time.

He took his Sox-slash-baseball passion to another level and started Most Valuable Network, a web-log central for baseball geeks like me to find.

"I was sitting around with a friend, talking baseball as always, and we started talking about how we'd like to write this all down - perhaps get a website. Then we had the brilliant idea of trying to get every team written."

Other sports have spots on MVN, but it's mostly the grand old pastime.

"So we whipped up a website and got the free domain www.mostvaluablenetwork.tk. Each blog was hosted off of Geocities. It was a really shabby site, but we thought, eventually, it could become something.

"The next step came to me when I saw a referral in my Geocities stats page from a Red Sox message board. It was the first time an outside website had linked to me so I was excited and headed over there to see what it was about. I was on a list someone had compiled of 'must-reads,' so I knew I was getting out there!"

Here comes the meeting-of-minds part.

"I started posting on that message board and eventually became an administrator of that site. I met the eventual webmaster on that site, Dave Cohen. No Dave Cohen, probably no MVN, still. He registered www.mostvaluablenetwork.com and offered to bring us into the dot-com world with a better layout.

"I, of course, jumped at the chance."

The rest is history. Or, at least, history in the making. Brunell has plans.

"Long-term plans is to rival ESPN, honestly. Dave and I have really invested a ton of time in building MVN up and we hope to eventually bankrupt ESPN!

"I also envision one day starting a daily newspaper like USA Today, but with only sports."

The best thing for Evan is that the web offers him a level playing field. It's all about words. And he's never heard one spoken since birth.

"Deaf or hearing impaired, doesn't matter, both are PC ... And you're darn right the Internet makes it a level field. Otherwise I doubt I could have come this far with this."

A's-ing her exams

She blogs while he hits the books. He has to study law, while she writes about her favourite baseball team. Who's the winner?

"I have always been a writer (albeit, a frustrated one - I am the queen of the unfinished novel) and a fanatic sports fan, so writing a blog gives me a great avenue to explore two of my passions," said MVNer Melissa Lockhart via - you guessed it - e-mail.

"Baseball and the Oakland A's have always been my first sports passion. My husband grew up in Green Bay, but I have converted him to a full-time A's fanatic.

"He is currently in law school, so writing about the A's keeps me busy."

Besides MVN, Melissa also blogs with OaklandClubhouse.com. She was a regular contributor to MLB message boards when Evan Brunell found her.

"It is a decent amount of work to do both (on top of my full-time job), but it is a hobby I really enjoy.

"It wouldn't be the same to be an A's fan if they played in a fancy 'retro' ballpark (so overdone) and had a $150-million payroll."

While the Athletics have lost a gaggle of great players because of economics, Melissa agrees that the A's uniforms remain the pimpin'est in baseball.

"White shoes are so cool!"


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