1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.” Or something along those lines.

2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

1. Where’d you come up with the screen name of Cochrane?
Cochrane is the name of my administrative character on a game called Where No One Has Gone Before. I learned about livejournal through some of the players who frequent that game. Cochrane is the surname of Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive.

2. Why do you insist that you can get good pizza in San Jose?
Because I’ve lived in San Jose for almost thirty years, and I’ve had over sixty different varieties of pizza in the Bay Area alone. I’ve also eaten pizza in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington D. C., and El Paso. Round Table kicks all of their asses. Of course, it helps to know that my yardstick for pizza is simple: sauce, cheese, and dough. I don’t care about toppings, but is a place can make a good plain ol’ cheese pizza, then they’ve got the good stuff.

3. If Barry Bonds should break Hank Aaron’s record, should there be an asterisk next to the number?
No. I think asterisks are bullshit and nothing more than pandering. I argued long and hard against Maris’ asterisk, since it was nothing more than Frick pandering to Ruth’s fans, in spite of the fact that Maris was a Yankee. The game’s parameters change every season, so if you asterisk one record, you’ve got to do it to them all based on that logic. Should Ichiro’s record be asterisked because Sisler’s record was from anoher era, when they played less games? If this is entirely about the use of steroids, then really we need to start looking at the whole picture: Should Canseco’s awards be asterisk’ed? Should we give those awards to the runner-up? Revisionism never works, and operating in reverse only hurts the future. Baseball’s trying to make sweeping changes to a policy gone long ignored, and just as the problem developed over time, the solutions are not going to be any swifter.

4. Related to that–is there any current major leaguer that you believe has a shot of catching Aaron other than Bonds?
Sammy Sosa, maybe, if he stays healthy and ramps up the HRs around 60+ in the next 3 seasons. But I think that in about ten years it’ll be A-Rod, with all honesty. He’s 29, he’s got almost 400 HRs already. If he has a few more 50+ HR seasons, he could nab 700 by the time he’s 40 and make a run for the record like Bonds will when he returns from the DL.

5. What reason did thepandamancan withdraw his application to write for Baseball Bias?
He felt he couldn’t make his assignment in on time and decided to try his application at a later date.

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