December 23rd, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and a wonderful holiday season to anyone and everyone here in this fabulous baseball blogging community. It is so big and represents a lot of different faiths and lifestyles and outlooks on everything.

I just wrote about some sure things in baseball. Gift Cards and Ichiro’s 200 hits are among them, and I am sure you have some thoughts as well.

Here are some of my holiday wishes…

That lots of people see the brand-new official Giants MLBlog that just launched today. Inside the Giants Clubhouse is written by my friend and one of the best writers I (and legions of Bay Area readers) know, Joan Ryan. Joan also facilitates Bengie Molina with his blog and is one of the most talented people around the MLBlogosphere; we’re fortunate to have her here.

That the combined amount going to three Yankees is a harbinger that happy days are ahead again for the economy and that money will flow again. That this Red Sox blogger finds peace after reading about Mark Teixeira’s news. This Yankee fan in Montana is not happy about a purported end of our Shocktober streak. Me, I’m not so sure about that. Can’t buy me love.

That the homeless guy who slept right next to me as we closed a Barnes & Noble last Saturday night in New York City will not have to moan “Oh, noooo” again when they announce over the speaker that the store is closing, leaving people to go out into freezing weather.

That those who made the 2008 MLBlogs Top 100 will eagerly welcome new and aspiring bloggers to this community through comments. Many of them already do, one of the reasons they made the list in the first place, leaving a URL as a breadcrumb.

That we will continue to offer more enhancements to your Movable Type software in 2009.

That my friends at the new MLB Network will have a beautiful journey starting New Year’s Night with the largest launch in cable history. I can’t wait to watch Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series Perfect Game in its entirety (except for the missing first inning!). The public hasn’t watched the broadcast in 52 years, and with this launching in 50 million homes, it is a good bet that it will be a slightly bigger crowd. My article on 50 things to know.

That Collin Balester won’t ever get tired of MLBlogging!

Speaking of Balester, that his Nationals and the Orioles return some baseball electricity to the Washington-Baltimore corridor. Two of the best stadiums in sports, and now all they need is some winners. The Nationals will have to do that without Tex.

That I can go through another injury-free year of marathon running. After I quit smoking and started distance running in December 2006, my first year was filled with the typical overuse injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis and so on. It is amazing how much equipment matters; I probably will never leave Brooks Glycerins.

That the only fighting is over a pop fly (I hate it when it just lands between confused fielders), that my favorite country wins the World Baseball Classic, that the old Chris Carpenter is back, that I can get a good seat to a game at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, that all three of my Hall of Fame Ballot votes result in those players’ inductions next summer (two won’t happen), that more people go to Cooperstown so they may be reminded why certain “great” former players simply don’t belong in a place of “gods”, that next July we celebrate the life of Stan Musial during the All-Star Week while we are so lucky to have him amongst us, that a new U.S. president will exact the kind of big-impact positive change people expect.

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