One of the best — and strangest — things about the internet is that you can become pretty good friends with somebody you’ve never actually laid eyes on. I know that is the case with many people who comment on this blog.
That was how it was with Todd Drew and I.
When I started this blog nearly three years ago, Todd was one of the first readers. He posted thoughtful, polite comments and almost always followed up with an e-mail. He unconditionally loved the Yankees but he had a great appreciation for players on other teams and he liked hearing about the process of putting together a newspaper story.
Todd started his own blog to write about his favorite sport and the people he knew in the Bronx. Yankees For Justice was terrific and it led to Todd joining Alex Belth at Bronx Banter when that seminal Yankees blog signed up with SNY.
Todd wrote me an e-mail asking whether I thought it was a good idea a day before Alex wrote me asking my opinion of Todd. It was a good feeling knowing I had helped two writers I respected so much form a partnership.
Sadly, Todd passed away just after midnight today. He was only 41. Alex wrote about him today.
Todd’s last bit of baseball writing was about having cancer and his impending surgery. I wrote him a note wishing him a speedy recovery and we agreed to meet up at the Stadium this spring.
Please keep Todd and his family in your thoughts today. He was one of us.
Here is the guest post Todd wrote for us about a year ago.