Saturday, June 17, 2006

A simple request to any members of the media who might be readers of The Official Blog:
Please stop saying Jason Schmidt is from Longview.

Y'know, like this article in San Francisco did. (For what its worth, the Seattle Times did get it right here last season.)

Yes, he now makes his offseason home in Longview.

Yes, he's pretty beloved in Longview.

Yes, it's tough to distinguish between Longview and Kelso, Wash., sometimes, considering their oddly shaped joint border, and Longview's dominance of the region, with some 30,000 residents to Kelso's 5,000.

But still, the guy grew up* in Kelso. Went to Kelso High. Nicknamed "The Kelso Kid."

Perhaps, just perhaps, he's not actually from Longview, but instead hails from Kelso.

Granted, this sorta thing can get tricky; The Ford's not unsympathetic. Born in Spokane, raised in Portland, graduated in Tumwater, where's one to say The Ford's from.

Aye, it's a tricky thing.

But for Jason Schmidt?

Not so much.

Born in Lewiston, Idaho, but raised and graduated in Kelso.

Let Seattle bring out its true tartan colors this weekend.

Majority rules: He's from Kelso. A true Hilander.

*This used to say "born." And then The Ford did some actual research, and found out he was a moron. Especially when he forgot to edit his earlier sentences. There's probably a lesson there, but The Ford's sorta dense about that sorta thing.


At 5:40 AM, June 17, 2006, Blogger Marcus said...

I think he might be telling people he's from Longview. Which could be why everybody gets it wrong. If I was from there, I wouldn't claim Kelso either.

Plus, you've got him being born in two places Kelso and Lewiston.

At 2:17 PM, June 17, 2006, Blogger The Ford said...

Second part is fixed.

But yeah, he might be denying his Kelso heritage.

Still, it's not a hard thing to look up, especially if you're going to write a story about him returning home.

At 4:09 AM, June 18, 2006, Blogger Marcus said...

The AP story tonight said he had quite a contingent from the "Longview, Wash. area, where he grew up."

I put that in quotes despite the fact that I'm writing from memory.

At 4:30 AM, June 18, 2006, Blogger The Ford said...

I'll accept "area," though it seems odd to minimalize Kelso that way, considering maybe 5% of the state could pick either town's location out on a map, even if spotted the major body of water nearby.


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