So it’s hard to believe, but the end of December marks the one-year anniversary of dodgerfan.net. We’ve learned a tremendous amount about running a blog over the past 12 months and are proud of what we’ve started, and, most importantly, the people we’ve met along the way. This includes the Sons of Steve Garvey (our blogging role models) for their wit, encouragement and enthusiasm, as well as a collection of other Dodger bloggers and writers that we enjoy reading, including Dodger Thoughts, Blue Heaven, The Trolley Dodger, Robots Took My Medicine, Blue Notes and Inside the Dodgers. Josh Rawitch at the Dodgers (the author of the other Inside the Dodgers blog) deserves a special shout out for his help, knowledge and hospitality to a couple of novice bloggers.
Faithful readers will know the ultimate highlight of the year came very early on in the season with “Blogger Night” at the Ravine, when Josh gave a few lucky Dodger bloggers the opportunity to discuss the state and future of Dodger baseball with the likes of Frank McCourt, Ned Colletti and Tommy Lasorda. Being in the communications business, it was refreshing to see an organization like the Dodgers treat the blogging community seriously.
Other highlights included the 50th Anniversary celebration, the Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake signings, the sweep of the Cubs, the fight with the Phillies, the continued brilliance of Vin Scully, Joe Torre being Joe Torre, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, James Loney, Andre Ethier, Russell Martin, Blake Dewitt, Tiger Woods, Troy from West Virginia…the list goes on.
Over the past year we’ve had more than 5,700 people visit the site from 60 countries around the world, so we’ve saved our biggest thank you for all the Dodger fans out there. 2008 was a great start for the Dodgers and for dodgerfan.net, and we look forward to celebrating more milestones with all of you in the years ahead. Enjoy the new site and we’ll see you in Spring Training!
Chris and Alex