The Real Dirty Mets Blog is approaching more milestones in number of comments, hits and visitors.
The site keeps growing, and it is no mystery why.
When we view a great many of the competing blogs, we do note that TRDMB has a number of articles, commenters, and comments which, for a site which is now about 9 months old, is definitely impressively competitive.
As this wonderful home for the reasonable and thinking Met fan grows, it is inevitable that we will attract more and more of the â€œWilpons are cheap!â€ and â€œWright is unclutch!â€ people who tend to find their way to the larger and more-trafficked sites, such as Matt Cerroneâ€™s and the Star-Ledgerâ€™s. This is an unfortunate but unavoidable downside of growth.
On the site many of us used to frequent before being banned en masse, there were a few commenters who, desperate for attention, would find ways to loudly espouse unpopular ideas; ideas which were often very easily shot down completely by any sort of fact-based analysis. This would not deter the commenters, and often they became dominant on threads and even on entire days.
This author is definitely guilty of sometimes letting the childish fighting impulses he possesses get the better of him. Thanks again go out to folks like TRS, Grave, and Mr. North for helping to put things in perspective and make us all realize that no matter what happens, and even if we ultimately become the second most visited blog after Mr. Cerroneâ€™s, that we do not want to follow his lead when it comes to banning visitors and stifling criticism and true debate, even when the attacks are pointed straight at us.
As this space has pointed out often in the past, TRDMB was a blog that has a most unique tale of creationâ€”founded by TRS, Dirty Sanchez, and MRose, it was at first a haven for a few dozen of the most active, opinionated, and educated commenters from the old site which we all used to frequent.
The ultra-hard work given by TRS, the writing of such luminaries as Grave and Case, the graphics of the magician Mr. North, the daily Met history served up by Rusty, and the truly unequaled level of debate in the comments area brought by Wanny, MF4D, Stick, Fong, and so many others combines to make this a truly unique site.
If one of our authors or commenters makes a post calling the Wilpons cheap, criticizing David Wright based on the career-defining one at bat against the Cubs two years ago, or making an equally silly argument, the commenters can be counted on to set the record straight rather quickly, and with excellent fact-based arguments.
As the spring games approach, in addition to the truly ecstatic feeling this gives many of us, we can be thankful that we have a home here at TRDMB. Those of us who were present at the creation can share a truly proud feeling at the site we have built and nurtured. This author visits many other sites, and while just about every one has its reasonable and knowledgeable commenters, there are few if any which have the group of fans we have here. It could be argued that in many cases, when it is just the MF4Ds, Wannys, Graves, Cases, TRSs, Sticks, etc. discussing a point, that the level of debate here might even put ESPNâ€™s Baseball Tonight to shame.
No axes to grind, no Borases to shill for, no national TV ratings to sensationalize for, no Klapisches to damn the present, no Olneys and Rosenthals to fabricate stories about Wilpon insolvencyâ€”just a group of fans ranging from their teens to their 60s, virtually all of whom know the game, know the Mets, and truly love wide-ranging debate with other Met fans.
As this site continues its inevitable growth, and as the cream continues to rise in the blogosphere due to the efforts of the wonderful contributors to this site, this author again salutes the people who have made it possible. Sometimes this writer forgets how unique this place is and lets emotions get the best of him when arguing a really silly point.
Hereâ€™s a promise to fellow authors and fellow commenters that emotions will be kept in check as we do our very best to try and contribute to a site which, while still in its relative infancy, is already a wonderful haven for the true Met fan and the true lover of debate.
Regardless of how 2010 develops, all of TRDMBâ€™s denizens will have their Met experience enhanced by the creation of TRS, Dirty, and MRose, and as we await Ollieâ€™s resurgence, as we await Joseâ€™s return to prominence, as we await DRodâ€™s return to the gameâ€™s elite, and as we await Johanâ€™s march back to Cy territory, may we again thank the trio of Wise Men who gave us this wonderful place.