Sorry that my weekly feature isn’t so weekly so far this orfseason(#Gatorisms4Life). It’s a depressing time of year for those of us that bleed baseballs, isn’t it? Why does the season end at all? Everyone knows the playoffs are a crapshoot so why not just have endless regular season play? Don’t give me your logic, Paper, I know what you’re thinking…;)
There’s not a lot to write about other than hot stove season things, which I find seem to taste quite a lot like poo in my mouth (Longfootlefty and DelawarePhilliesFan know what I’m talking about, amirite?). I’m happy some of the other authors are taking that on so I don’t have to. I just want March here, baby [please read this in Dick Vitale’s voice]!!! I want spring, flowers, mud and soggy grass. Most of all I want images of equipment bags, stories about dudes getting into awesome shape, teams talking about how it’s their year and that the roster never looked so good. I want baseball back, bad. Fuck.
But I digress…so who gets pie in the orfseason? Well everyone I suppose considering the two major pie-infused holidays we’re currently between. Okay, not everyone celebrates them, but I bet they still eat the damn pie. My point is that not all of them deserve that pie. I’ll tell you who deserves a slice of overly sweet, store-bought crusted, holiday-themed peppermint pie with a superfluous candy cane: YOU DO! The former HBT commenter squad that came over to write for this blog as well as the readers and commenters that have come along for the ride.* And boy howdy, let me tell you, we have a lot of pie to give out!
I won’t steal Scout’s thunder on the site’s statistics, but some of these are impressive and demand attention. Hardball Conversations, now just three months old, has had at least one visitor from 40 different countries. Hey, my dude or lady in Ukraine! Guam! Peru! Sweden! Egypt! Holler at us!**
In our short three months, we’ve seen 2,929 unique visitors (3000th gets a whole pie), over 39,000 views (although 95% are Historio checking back on comments to her stories so she can throw popcorn at us), and there have been over 9,000 comments (mostly trying to translate Gatorisms, I assume). Impressive to say the least.
All in all, it’s been a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this mini-movement. Also, I realize I’m not one of the more frequent posters around here, but I assure you that will change and that you will regret it. I have something pretty nifty I’m working on with a friend so stay tuned for content in the coming weeks from El Bravo. Until then, have some pie, you deserve it.
*A special shout-out scoutsaysweitersisabust (last time I’m writing that out) for putting this together. Our leader. Our hero to the masses. Okay, maybe that’s too much…
**A special shout-out to one of our most active authors, Ren, who put the international touch on this blog and the results are clear in the data. Keep educating me, bro.