Brett Gardner wants to play center field but he’s going to have to earn it.
Meanwhile, Happy Birthday to us. The LoHud Yankees Blog started up on Feb. 28, 2006 with a post about Phil Hughes looking good in an intrasquad game. If you’re curious, all of the archives are on the right side at the bottom.
We used the Blogspot software back then and it was a grand experiment, posting Yankees news as it happened on line. I was the first beat writer for any sport in the NYC market to have a blog and we were flying blind. There were no comments and only the sports editor was reading. I’m pretty sure she skipped some days, too. It seemed doomed to fail.
Now here we are, 29 million page views, 5,000 posts and 700,000 comments later. We get readers from nearly every country in the world and there’s a social network that thrives 24 hours a day.
You are what makes us strong, as without readers, this would not exist. So many of you encouraged me or spread the word to your friends and family. This is part of my job but it’s one of the parts I enjoy the most.
So keep those ideas coming. Keep pushing for more and keep reading as there will be plenty more to come. I’m hoping to announce our next reader Q&A with a Yankee early next week.