Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Four million visits to our website is something else. It’s a humbling statistic that shows how much you, our readers, have been there to support us. It is something all of us here at Bleeding Yankee Blue truly appreciate. As many of us know, what we have here is special.

I remember when I first heard of BYB, reading and enjoying the pieces as they came out. They were insightful and had a colorful mix of news, opinion, and an occasional rant. It was a fun source of Yankees information. Most people I run into and talk about Bleeding Yankee Blue tell me that this site is different, unique.

One of my favorite things about the site is the opposing views that we bring to our articles. Most sites you find has their own slant on issues that affect baseball and the Yankees. Here, we recognize that people have different opinions and that as long as we’re all being respectful, we have the right to express and defend them. We express opposing views on Pete Rose, on Alex Rodriguez, on who should be in the Hall. Mark Teixeira should be the starting first baseman. Mark Teixeira is done and should sit in favor of Greg Bird. I think SABERMetrics tells interesting stories about how a player performs. Others here, one of whose names may be Robert Casey, believe the game is more than just stats and thinks reducing players to stats ruins the game. I think the reason it works is because it reflects how you, our readers, feel about the game. The one common bond we share is that we all love the Yankees. Everything else is up for grabs.

I am still in awe of the members of the Yankee family that have supported us, for which we will always be grateful. The exclusive interviews with former players like Brendan Ryan, Fritz Peterson, and Garrett Jones were amazing. People like Laura Posada and Amber Sabathia giving their support was fantastic. All of you amazing readers wearing our T-shirts and tank tops - we appreciate the love. I could write paragraph after paragraph about all the Tweets and ReTweets and likes and shares. That’s not to mention all the comments that kick off a healthy discussion about the things we care about and are mad about and are thrilled about regarding the Yankees’ moves and non-moves and statements and …. I could go on for days.

On a personal note, I didn’t join until the second full season, and at the time, I was writing my own blog. I remember feeling a little intimidated when I first joined. Sure I could write, but these writers were on another level. I will always be grateful to them for the way they raised the level of my own writing, and seeing how they handled the pressures of the job. Rob, Jeana, Erica, Suzie, Mike, Dan, Steve, Alexis - you guys are absolute friggin rock stars! As a remember to our audience, none of us get paid for this. We each have our day jobs, our families, and other commitments in our lives. That's not to mention the unfair criticisms and hate mail we sometimes get. But as we like to say around here, when the pressure is on, we grind it and we make sure it’s the best quality possible.

One last thing. I want to thank Robert Casey, for all the hard work he puts in to keep the site going and being as good as it is. Most of you will never see how much effort it takes to do that. There is always new, fresh content every day. Even if that day is a holiday. Even if that day is a rough day. It always goes out. He gets in front of any abusive comments directed at us, his writers, and he always has our back. Again, nobody here gets paid to do any of this. We do it for the love of the game and the love of writing about it. So if you get a chance, if you've enjoyed a few of those 4 million visits, maybe drop him a note and thank him.

Four million visits make a statement. It tells us how much you, our audience, enjoy the way we share our thoughts on baseball and the Yankees. It seems trite to say it this way but thank you. We truly appreciate it.

Casey will share his own opinion on this achievement soon.  Look for it. 

--Ike Dimitriadis, 
BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @KingAgamemnon

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