For me, it all started with a piece about Derek Jeter.
The ironic thing is…I’ve never been a big Jeter fan. I know – it’s a shocking thing to admit, and a character flaw I have as a Yankees fan – but it’s the truth. I don’t dislike him, but he wouldn’t be listed among my favorite baseball players of all time.
So by the end of the 2014 season, I was tired of the Jeter farewell tour to the point it was actually annoying to me.
Then there was a post on Bleeding Yankee Blue about Jeter that really made me think about how I would feel when he was gone. Not how the Yankees, or any other MLB team, or any other fan would feel. How would I feel once Derek Jeter retired and officially left baseball?
Because I couldn’t express my feelings in 140 characters or less on Twitter, I went to my newly founded baseball blog and wrote a short piece – on my lunch break, from my phone. There were words that I had to get out right then and there, and my amateur little blog was the best place I could do it.
Shortly after that, Robert Casey at BYB asked me to join the new BYB Hub. My stupid little blog? Why?
I’ve never felt like I had any “business” writing about baseball. Although I do understand and love baseball, I’m not a writer. Sometimes I’m probably not even a good fan! But I still started the blog thinking maybe a person or two would read what I wrote, and (mostly) so I could write things for my own memory.
But just like that, I was part of the BYB Hub. One of the first blogs connected with the Hub, actually! Could I really handle the pressure?
The fact is, it’s no pressure at all – it’s actually been incredibly rewarding. While I’m not always able to write as often as I’d like to (I’m actually postponing chemistry homework to write this now), I know my blog and this great community is always there when I have the time to write.
My involvement with the BYB Hub has connected me to so many other blogs, and the intelligent writers behind them. Reading their pieces and discussing the game we all love has increased my appreciation and enjoyment of baseball. I am always my own worst critic, but I think my writing may have even improved because of this experience. Never in a million years did I ever think I would have an actual sports writer – who has been around for years – compliment me on my work, but that happened this year. My amateur little blog…actually has readers!
For anyone who visits the BYB Hub and reads the posts – thank you! Not just from me, but on behalf of all the other blogs out there (big or small) who are making it work and getting their voices heard. Your support means so much.
What a great year it’s been. Happy Birthday, BYB Hub – and here’s to many, many more!