I've been so busy with life, I didn't even realize that today, September 14th is the day BYB was born. I mean, this started 5 years ago... are you kidding me?
Many of you have been with us since the very beginning when we put together our first Bleeding Yankee Blue post in 2010. It was titled WHY LAST NIGHT WAS IMPORTANT, and it was a game where Joe Girardi used his binder alittle too much and
Sergio Mitre was brought into the game.
The Yankees lost and I was mad and so, I wrote up a post on a bad looking version of BYB and next thing you know, 5 years later, people are wear Bleeding Yankee Blue merchandise, you share our stories, some of you contribute, we have 9 incredible writers including myself, and we're plugging away bringing you stories, news, opinion and emotion every step of the way.
The doubters said it could not happen. The doubters told us we sucked and that we don't offer anything different. The doubters are wrong, because the doubters don't read us.
While the other blogs, none of which are on the BYB Hub, were busy copying each other with statistics and unneeded information and sitting back offering the same thing, we were crafting ways to change the landscape of Yankee baseball, incorporating life lessons and personal stories and a variety of other items. In short, compare it to those alcohol ads out there.
We didn't want to be the guy in the Southern Comfort ad with the slogan "Whatever's Comfortable", because that was too easy. No... we wanted to be the most interesting man in the world. It's fresh, it's different.
We're not the same... we dare to be interesting. Yes my friends, stats are fine, and fun... but if you're gonna do it every day, it gets kind of boring. Baseball is about emotion too. The fan's take. I figured... why be the same? Why not be different? We've succeeded, and on our birthday, I want to thank the loyal Bleeding Yankee Blue readers for our help in being a success.
I want to thank the readers for being loyal. I want to thank the friends we've made. I want to thank the Yankee family and the baseball family who support what we do here. It's not an endorsement, but more of an appreciation for what we do. They get us.
I am particularly fond of Brendan and Sharyn Ryan, Garrett and Carrie Jones, Laura and Jorge Posada, the Sabathias, friend Nancy Newman.
The Hensley family, Marci and Mike have great kids in Ty and Jake, Clay Rapada, Lory Ankiel and good friend Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record... who also happens to be a kick ass singer.
All have just been so terrific and understand our message here at BYB. We greatly appeciate it.
To my writers. You are fathers and mothers and wives, husbands, daughters, sons and people with so much going on in your lives... and you still manage to find time to write for BYB, no matter how crazy life gets... no matter what is going on in your life with jobs, kids, schedules. You do it... and I appreciate you very much. You are my extended family and thank you for volunteering, for becoming incredible writers and always being there.
Today is Bleeding Yankee Blue's 5th birthday. Hard to believe... but believe it. To the haters, you were wrong and I knew you were day one.
Never under estimate a Leo... you will always lose.
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