One of the things I’ve always liked about the Yankees is that they don’t have names on the backs of their jerseys. Not at home, not on the road, not anywhere. It’s a small detail but a meaningful one: No one is bigger than the team. Ever.
The Yankees are the draw. The players, managers and coaches may change, but the pinstripes and the logo stay the same. So does the love from the fans. So does the passion.
Pete did a fantastic job with this blog, no doubt about it. He created it, built it and made it into a wonderful community for people all over the world. He did unbelievable work and he’s going to be missed by everyone, me (very much) included.
But he’d also be the first to tell you that this blog wasn’t about him. It’s about the Yankees. And it’s about you. Always will be.
The Yankees are about to begin (what they hope will be) an exciting month. I’ll be with you the entire way, doing many of the things you’re used to and bringing my own style as well; Chad Jennings, our new beat writer, will be starting next week and will jump right in, too.
Know this: there will be plenty of Yankees coverage from us and the rest of the LoHud staff during the playoffs and beyond. The one thing that’s been made very clear to me during this transition is that this blog is a top priority at the paper, and we’re going to treat it that way. Along those lines:
• In a LoHud Yankees Blog exclusive, former Yankees catcher and YES Network analyst John Flaherty has agreed to break down the pitching match-up for our readers before every Yankees playoff game. John is a terrific baseball mind and I’ll have his insights up on the blog in the afternoon, as a way to get you ready for each night of the postseason.
• We’re going to have more live chats than ever before, giving all of you the chance to ask questions of Chad and me throughout the playoffs. Count on at least one per series, probably more — and we’ll continue it throughout the offseason.
• Baseball coverage in The Journal News, and on this blog, isn’t decreasing – it’s actually going up. Chad will easing into his role as the beat writer over the next month so you’ll get both of us throughout the playoffs; we’ll be covering the postseason all the way through the World Series (even if the Yankees shouldn’t make it); we’ll be at the offseason meetings during the winter to give you all the hot-stove news; and Chad, I and others will be updating on here constantly.
Short story long? This blog been home base for Yankees fans for many years now and, just like the uniforms and the logo, that isn’t changing.
If you have any questions about me, what’s happening with the blog, the Yankees or anything else, you can feel free to e-mail. Now let’s get going.