Last year at this time, Matt Cerrone had begun tinkering with his comments section, and this action sowed the seeds which resulted in the birth of this very special site, which gives the serious and thoughtful fan a place to hang their Mets hat.
The Real Dirty Mets Blog is celebrating its first holiday season, and in the spirit of this time of year, Kingmanâ€™s Korner would like to let everyone know how thrilled this writer was to be invited to join the staff at the exciting outset last May.
TRS86, DirtySanchez, and MRose grabbed the blog by the horns and put in the time and energy needed to create a home for those of us who had basically made Metsblogâ€™s comments section our own.
The countless Met sites on the internet almost all have their followers, but the group of writers and commenters on this truly â€œBy The Fans For The Fansâ€ site has more interesting, thoughtful, insightful, literate, and educated content in the comment section than most blogs have in their entirety.
CaseStreet and GraveDiggerHebner educate and entertain us regularly with their opinions, their interpretations of the newest stats, and their mental baseball encyclopedias. Their use of graphics, their knowledge, and their humor enhance the Met experience for us all.
We are graced with the decades of serious Met fandom brought by the great Rusty Jr., who provides us with the daily Infamy. In addition to bringing us humor on a regular basis, Rusty is our in-house Met professor, with the history lesson his posts provide along with the levity. Rusty can bring a smile to the face of even the most facacta fan.
We have the incredibly optimistic TRS86, quicker with a trade proposal than Wyatt Earp ever was with a gun. The fantastic story of his fandom beginning when, as a kid in Virginia, he fortuitously started watching baseball during the 1986 postseason, is a Met fan classic.
We have Mr. North Jersey and his wonderful graphics, we have Prismo as our house meteorologist (how many Met sites have their own weatherman?), and we have the always fun QnsNative, who is, without question, the King of Dirk. Dirty and MRose will always have a spot in TRDMBâ€™s 3-man Mount Rushmore with TRS as founders of this site.
Our new writers have added depth and variety in the form of Mr. Babyâ€™s interesting writing, Metroâ€™s insider access and info, and the fine contributions of Gonzowill, Mike Mattone, and HalfManHalfAmazin.
Our comment section is loaded with the most incredible back-and-forth any Met site could ever aspire to be blessed with. This area is filled every day with informative debates, on a level that most baseball sites would truly envy. Beware the newcomer who thinks that Orlando Hudson is a proven leader or that UZR doesnâ€™t matter!
We have Fongy, a true fan if there ever was one, who is never shy with an opinion and is always eager for a laugh and intense repartee.
We have WannyBackstra, Esq., with his tremendous knowledge and quick wit.
We have our very own First Lady, MetFan4Decades, with her clear remembrances of 1969, which even Kingman cannot match, having become addicted to the team permanently during the 1973 postseason.
We have the always reasonable Stickguy, who has carved out a singular place for himself as a valued regular here and at Metsblog. We have the west coast represented by Gipper; we have Oleo and Mr. Bill to keep us in line if we forget the conclusions of 2007 and 2008; we have ASod, DarkNova, and Kistics; we have commenters stuck in TX, NV, and other places far from Queens; and there are so many more who have made their way here as well.
For those who have not been mentioned, you are all appreciated. A site like this one would be nothing without the commenters who keep us honest, who correct our errors of fact and question our less-sound judgments, and who have given us the will to make this site work in the face of the incredible amount of competition.
Kingmanâ€™s Korner wishes happy holidays to all, and if nothing else, we have a group here who are clearly very diverse in age, life experience, political preference, and degree of optimism on the Mets, but who get along like a true Met family. We push and prod each other, we get angry and have serious disagreements, but far more often than not, we ultimately come to terms and respect each other, showing that different people can indeed co-exist and value each otherâ€™s views and opinions.
With most of a season under our belt, as spring training approaches and we all anxiously await the teamâ€™s on-field response to the debacle of 2009, TRDMB can look forward to its first full season with great optimism. Even if we are not united in our optimism regarding the Mets, we all should be able to agree that the existence of TRDMB will make 2010 much more fun should the Mets have a great year, and infinitely more tolerable if the team disappoints, as we will have each other to commiserate with.
Hereâ€™s wishing a most wonderful, happy, and healthy holiday season and New Year to everyone who has contributed to making this truly exemplary site so fantastic, and so meaningful.
As my valued online pal JoeyP2 recently posited over at the Met comment area at the Star-Ledger, in the spirit of a holiday classic we all know and love, â€œNo man (or woman) is a failure who is a Mets fan.â€