A nice woman at the office named Sarah e-mails out a report on the blog’s page views every week. According to her numbers, we went over 10 million page views a few days ago.
I started blogging for the first time at the 2005 Winter Meetings in Dallas. I can still remember waiting a day and a half for the first comment. I was convinced that the only people reading were the editors back at the paper and I wasn’t sure about some of them.
Now we have people from all 50 states and dozens of countries including thousands of people in Japan and Taiwan. There’s a community of fans who talk about the team and most everything else here. I write a little and you take it from there. Those 10 million page views are a testament to your passion for the Yankees.
All I can say is thank you. This has been a great journalism experience for me and it has been personally fun to meet so many of you at games or down in Tampa. I’m working with the paper to have a little meet-and-greet charity fundraiser before spring training. Once we get it worked out, I’ll report back.
My goals for 2008 are: A reader Q&A with a Yankee once a month, as much audio as I can collect and more on the prospects. With Joe Girardi taking over, more young players in big roles and Yankee Stadium closing down, 2008 will be a huge season.
Thanks for reading and being such a big part of this.
This blog doesn’t have a promotional budget. But I squeezed a few dollars out of the paper last year to sponsor two pages on the great Baseball-Reference.com site.
We sponsored RHP T.J. Beam and OF Kevin Thompson. T.J. never made the majors and was released. KT got 21 at-bats then was claimed by Oakland off waivers.
Not great. But we’re trying again. The blog will sponsor three Yankees this season:
I have my eye on a few more players, some who are actually good. Derek Jeter is available but costs $525. Meanwhile, go get ‘em Jeff and good luck to Bobby and Dave in their new jobs.