We managed to sneak in one post on this blog back in the year 2006, the week before the calendar turned to 2007, meaning that the seventh anniversary of this site is now upon us, as we head into 2014, our eighth season covering the Jays.
I’d like to be able to claim that it was with some foresight that I chose this particular week to make the first post, as every year the anniversary is perfectly timed for me to mail in a post about it and get back to doing anything with my life but groping around for meaningful baseball content in late December. More likely, though, it’s Vernon Wells’ fault– or, more accurately, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul Godfrey’s fault– since this month also marks the seven year anniversary of the club signing Wells to a deal that, at the time, made him the sixth-highest paid player in baseball history.
That’s obviously not what I was on about in the very first post– the main image of which you see above, in all the lame MS Paint glory of its wiffle ball bat tribute to Reed Johnson’s tripod trick and brazenness about the ease with which one can sneak booze into the Rogers Centre– but I suspect Wells was the catalyst for our friends telling Parkes and I to take our damn baseball conversations away from their email circle (these were pre-social media days, kids), which we then did. And though we began it entirely with the thought that no one would ever read it, somehow people found it, and somehow it has turned into this thing.
I’ll spare you the boring details of the long arc from there to here, because what’s more important is to just say thank you. If not for all the readers and the community of commenters over the years, this site wouldn’t still be here, and wouldn’t still be growing, getting better, and let’s face it, I’d be working a way shittier job.
I try not to gloat about it in the company of people who don’t wake up every day and get to do a thing they love, but I’m not going to lie… my job is kinda the best, and the people I work with at theScore and who have given me the opportunity to do this (and paid me for it, unlike how certain other companies get their content *COUGH*) are amazing. But it’s the loyal readers– many of whom have stayed loyal, even in the face of me calling them braying morons or telling them to go fuck themselves, and knowing there’s a distinct possibility that I may do so again– who’ve really made it all possible. So thanks, y’all. I mean it.
Lately I’ve been putting a bunch of year-end stuff together that you’ll see in the coming days, and it’s really been striking how, despite how utterly deflating it was to watch the Jays, 2013 has been a genuinely fun year. At least it was for me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. So here’s to, if not seven, at least a few more years before I go full Michael Baumann on this fucking organization.
Seven years. Jesus, has it really been that long?