I first came to know WasWatching late in the 2005 season: A-Rod was having an MVP campaign, the Yankees were in the midst of a furious September push to win their 10th consecutive AL East Division title and a playoff date with the Angels loomed on the horizon.
Since that time – has it really been almost six years! – I’ve grown as a person and as a baseball fan. I can unequivocally say that I know more about baseball today than I did when I first came to this site a half-decade ago and so it goes without saying that WasWatching has had a meaningful and positive impact on my life.
More than any Yankee site on the internet, this place where I’ve spent innumerable hours (more than my employer would even care to know) fosters a community in the truest sense of the word. It’s the only place that I can think of where the great majority of the commenters are both intelligent and friendly and the discussion rarely, if ever, devolves into a forum for inside jokes, snarky retorts and arrogant one-upmanship. There may be bigger, more popular or more forward-thinking sites out there but no site is better at making a commenter feel at home.
To wit: I’ve made a handful of “friends” on this site. I use the term in quotes because, despite conversing with these individuals for several years, I’ve only met a scant few in person. Despite that, I feel a genuine affection for these people and, thanks to things like Facebook and Twitter, I can actually interact with them in a non-baseball context as well. I know about their jobs, their kids, their girlfriends and wives, the vacations they take, the food they like to eat and anything else one friend would share with another. In short, it’s been wonderful having an outlet like WasWatching because it has expanded my appreciation and love for baseball and allowed me to share that passion with some truly fantastic people.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedication of one person. Thus, a special thank you goes to Steve for creating this site and, more importantly, for keeping it going through the various ups and downs in his personal and professional life. He’s wanted to quit and close up shop more times than one can imagine but, deep down, it’s obvious that his passion for the Yankees and for this community is very real. If it weren’t, I wouldn’t be able to type this message to you…
Today is my last day as a member of the WasWatching community: I’ve decided to cease contributing and commenting. The reasons for this decision aren’t terribly important to anyone else so there’s no reason for me to leave on a sour or down note. I’d rather go out the way I came in: happy, optimistic, proud to be a Yankee fan. The rest will just fade away over time.
Thanks everyone, its been a blast.