There’s been a lot of negativity hovering over the Ranger fanbase since the 2012 season came to an end. Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, and Mike Napoli have all found new homes in recent weeks, and the front office seems to have missed out on most (if not all) of their offseason targets.
Then, of course, there are those real world tragedies that cannot (and should not) be ignored.
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about my baseball-life, by which I mean the way that I watch and enjoy the game.
The reason it’s been on my mind is that December 19th marked the 2-year anniversary of the first time that I sat down to write about my favorite sport. Part of my motivation for doing so was that I wanted someone to talk to about the national pastime; even if that someone was just a Wordpress account that only a handful of my friends knew about.
As time went on, I used Twitter to plug my articles…though I’m not really sure why, since hardly anybody knew about my Twitter account either.
I can’t say exactly when, but at some point I found a Ranger fan worth following. (It was actually SDI’s own James Holland, who was doing his own thing back then as well.)
I found a few more Rangers fans, and then a few more. I found the SDI guys, and also Emily (who eventually became the SDI girl). Within a matter of months I had discovered a whole community of people that also loved the game.
As I said above, I wanted someone to talk to about baseball. Through Twitter I found a lot of someones.
Needless to say, my baseball-life has changed a lot in the last couple of years. I don’t have to watch games by myself anymore and I’ve always got other liked-minded people around to keep things interesting. It’s a wonderful gift, really.
So, whether I’ve tweeted with you one time or one thousand times, I’d like to say thank you for making my baseball watching that much better. It really would be quite dull if you Twitter people weren’t around.
Merry Christmas, Rangers fans.
Mike Luna is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. He can be reached at Mike.Luna@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @twbbg.