As Monty Python once so wisely opined, “Another year has been too soon alas ended.”
Well, for Met fans, players, and organization employees, this year probably could not be ending soon enough.
But still, for those folks who have made their way to The Real Dirty Mets Blog over the last 19 months (yes, we are approaching our second birthday!) every loss does indeed have a slightly more pleasant aspect.
The daily history lesson served up along with a Mo Vaughn-sized platter of cheer from Rusty; the humor from the retired GravediggerHebner to lessen the blow of another disappointing evening of Met-watching; the eternal wellspring of optimism provided by co-founder TRS86; the eye-opening graphics from the always even-tempered Mr. N; the weekly Question bestowed upon us by Will; the éminence grise of MRose; and the true breaths of fresh and well-researched air provided by our newer authors—all of this provides a Met experience like no other.
But it is our readers who make TRDMB what it is. One only has to spend a little time surfing the Mets’ slice of the web to see what some other comment pages bring. One could spend a month straight in this site’s comment area and not see one racist remark; one comment about the Wilpons being broke; one comment suggesting the Mets behave like a small-market team; etc.
I know that I have learned more about baseball from this site’s comment pages than from anywhere since reading the Bill James books I devoured in the 1980s when I discovered them.
I may not always agree with Fong on history, but I probably agree with him about everything else; I may not always agree with NJTX about politics, but I aspire to be as open-minded and fair as he is; I may not always share MF4D’s sunny optimism, but I know every thread graced by the presence of the First Lady of TRDMB is a better thread; I may not agree with Stick about Jose Reyes, but I know I would be less of a person had he not nicknamed me “Knog”; I may not always feel that Ceetar’s optimism will be validated, but I bet he spends much of his life smiling and happy; Wanny may have a higher opinion of Adam Rubin than I do, but he sure has taught me plenty about baseball (Wanny that is, not Rubin!), as has Oleo; Gategem may be the only one who can educate me about Casey Stengel’s use of pitchers in the early 1950s; Salty and Darknova help me keep my positiviality in check when it rears it head; and Hazmet—well, I am not sure we may disagree about much at all!
Those who I have not mentioned will hopefully forgive me. I think the one thing everyone behind the scenes at TRDMB can surely agree on is that we boast the most fair, knowledgeable, introspective, optimistic, open-minded, and downright wise Met debating society on the internet.
One could learn more about baseball from simply reading our comment pages than one could from just about any other internet/media source.
And please allow me to most sincerely thank all of you who visit our site regularly, and who make it what it is.
All of us authors surely enjoy seeing our pieces in print—but without the readers and commenters, this place would be nothing.
Thank you to all of you—all of you who have encouraged us to make it through our first two Met seasons; keeping each other company and commiserating through two years of watching our beloved Mets finish fourth.
Thank you for your loyalty, for your optimism, for your humor, and for making TRDMB your online Met home. Even the re-opening of another popular Met site’s comment pages to the unwashed masses has not shaken your loyalty.
For all of this we thank each and every one of you, and we wish you the very happiest and healthiest of new years; and may the viewpoints of TRS, MF4D, Stick, and Ceetar on 2011 be the most accurate ones!
As Lincoln might have said had he visited our site right after he finished up at Gettysburg, we here can be thankful for all of you, who ensure that a Mets website truly of the fans, by the fans, and for the fans shall not perish from the internet.