Here's to many more!
As the regular readers of Cowbell Clankers may know, one of my favorite Joe Maddon quotes is this one:
“If we take care of the seconds, the minutes, the hours, the days take care of themselves.”
That theory of our fair skipper resonates especially with me on this day, the first anniversary of Aerys Sports.
If we writers do our part and take care of our day-to-day responsibilities, Aerys Sports will continue to thrive in this wide world of sports networks under the direction of our President and CEO (and resident Cubs fan) Julie DiCaro.
A year ago, I wrote a piece saying I hoped I was more entertaining than watching the live feed of the AstroTurf installation at the Trop. I cross my fingers that I came through on that for you.
Since I moved to Tampa in the September of 2009, I have fallen head-over-heels in love with not only the Rays, but also the fans who support them. I smile every time I see that someone has mentioned me on Twitter in relation to our team. Even when you disagree with me, I appreciate the dialogue!
Some of my Rays tweeps in particular deserve a personal thank you: @RaysIndex, @DRaysBay, @JasonCollette, @RaysDigest, @ProfessorTwain, @fsutoby, @BKibbs, @SportsShuffle, @HappyHour1010, @JoeBucsFan, @TimValenzuela, @JordiScrubbings, @asr_gator, @MandaGator, and of course, @billsfanmonica, my Tweetup pal.
Without you, the Twitterverse would feel a lot less friendly. I can’t thank you enough for your support through the past year, whether it came in the form of retweeting an article link, imploring your followers to follow me, or voting for me a ridiculous number of times in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Talent Tryouts. Let me say now, I will always do my best to return the favor.
There are so many things I fondly remember from 2011: Johnny Damon’s first presser, being emailed by one of the guys I named “Most Likely To Make Me Feel Like A Cougar” in my Draft Awards, James Shields’ complete games (I saw his against the Marlins thanks to @HappyHour1010), having an extra excuse to call my dad and talk baseball after he signed on as a contributor to this site, the month of September, Matt Moore’s beautiful delivery and equally beautiful smile, and of course, Evan Longoria’s homerun in the 12th inning of Game 162.
Yes, there are a few things I try not to dwell on (cough, Manny, cough).
But overall, I look back on 2011 as a happy year both personally and professionally. You, my readers, had a hand in that. The women, and men, of Aerys Sports, also had a hand in that. To you all, I am very grateful.
As we prepare to enter Spring Training, and as Aerys Sports begins Year Two, let’s not forget to allow ourselves to look at the big picture while we take care of those seconds.
We’re Rays fans. We sure as hell know how to dream big even when we’re the new kids on the block.
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