It is unfortunate that my first post at The Heartland in some time will also be my last, but without much fanfare, I am retiring from Yankees blogging. I have myriad other things and projects on my plate that make the very enjoyable but very time-consuming aspect of blogging too burdensome to effectively continue, either here or at BBD, and goodness knows there are many other and better Yankees blogs out there. Truth be told, there are also other subjects, such as politics, history, and culture that I find more invigorating, that get me more fired up, and that deserve fuller attention from me. That is not to say that blogging here and elsewhere has not been a rewarding, galvanizing, and thoroughly entertaining venture, as I will explain below. Rather, it is to say that now–and really throughout this span–other elements in our daily lives drive me more and should and, to me, require a deeper devotion of time, attention and, to what degree possible, writing about them.
That said, I will miss doing this and, more importantly, all of you more than I can say. It is exactly why I did not cease to blog a couple years ago. Meeting you, discussing the Yankees, baseball and more with you, and getting to know you has been not only very enjoyable, but also edifying, an education, and absolutely inspiring. I truly never thought that anyone would ever pay attention to anything that I blogged, for I primarily intended to use blogging as a means to document what happened with the Yanks and more, and what I thought of those occurrences. That I met, now know, and interact with some of you on a deeper and more personal level is most gratifying, and something for which I will always be truly thankful. That anyone paid any attention to The Heartland still amazes me.
There is a certain satisfaction I have with the timing of my departure from Yankees blogging, for I had given serious consideration to ending the blog right after last season. However, because of the deep and abiding pull that the Yankees and blogging have had with me, and an active hot stove season, I continued to blog some, here and at BBD, until I felt that it was no longer feasible. Yet during the Yankees’ tremendous stretch run in 2009, I had thought long and hard to ending the blog should the Yankees win the World Series, which they did–that going out on as high a note as possible was poignant and optimal. Even though this occurs the following March, I feel that I’ve ended The Heartland on a high, both from last year and from the great aggregate experiences of this modest experiment. I am grateful that we experienced another championship together, and wish for many more to come.
I will be sure to keep in touch with you, especially those of you who have your own blogs. I will not be a stranger, nor will I completely disappear from the vast Yankees blogging landscape. Instead, I will look to carve out new spaces for myself in some different circles that have always held my attention more than, and more than I have let on, here.
It’s been nothing short of a genuine privilege to blog for and with you. Peace, my eternal thanks, and much love to you all.