Oh, how things can change in a year...
Late on the night of Monday, December 1, 2008, I finished writing something that would drastically change the way I spent the next year (and more!). The copy of the 1981 Sporting News Baseball Yearbook that I had recently bought off of eBay arrived that day and, after browsing through it, I was inspired to write "Baseball in the Year 2000: Predictions from 1981". Allow me to quote myself:
This evening, the 1981 Sporting News Baseball Yearbook that I found on eBay was delivered to my house. I was excited to look through it, to see what they had to say about baseball at that time... could they foresee Fernando-mania? Was the Dodgers-Yankees Series predicted? Did people realize just how phenomenal Rickey's rookie year was, and what it would lead to? Was Mike Schmidt's status as the greatest third-basemen ever recognized this early (Schmidt and George Brett do share a cover on the magazine)?
Looking through the magazine, I came across an article with a great premise: predicting what will happen to baseball in the year 2000, still 20 years away from the time this was written. Introducing the article, author Joseph Surso wrote, with tongue at least a little in cheek:
"One thing you can bet on: the green that will continue to transform the game the most is mint-green, not grass-green. And, considering the stampede for green at all levels of the game in 1981, you almost can envision three leagues, at least six divisions and maybe nine, tiers of playoffs, a World Series with Japan and Latin America, 7-foot pitchers, $3,000,000-a-year stars, 10 or so men to a side, metal bats, rabbit balls, monster promotional give-aways every night, network control of schedules and maybe even of players' contracts, and $25 tickets if all the above don't work."
I was pretty pleased with how the post turned out, and, since I had never actually written anything that I expected people to read, I decided to share it with a few people I knew (how else would they find it in the sea of Blogspot). One of those people I shared it with was the illustrious Craig Calcaterra of Shysterball, who was kind enough to ignore my breach of netiquette and write something nice about it over at his blog. And from there it took off.
Soon I was seeing links to the post from Baseball Think Factory, River Ave. Blues, Bugs and Cranks, Scott Simkus, and a bunch of other smaller blogs. And then Rob Neyer linked to the post from his digs at ESPN, and I was hooked. I had spent an hour or so writing about a fun little article that I came across that evening and, all of sudden, thousands of people were reading my work. It was a pretty exciting 24 hours, and I haven't stopped since.
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