Today, I noticed that I had passed 350,000 total hits, and I remembered that David Pinto is my blogfather, as many of you know. Way back in the olden days, there were times when I felt that I had something to say, something to contribute to the baseball writing world. At that time, I had no idea what a blog was, what Blogger was; I had no idea about anything. All I knew was that Sports Illustrated wasn’t gonna publish my thoughts, but I felt that they deserved to be published.
I found David’s Baseball Musings one day, and was blown away by the thought that one guy could put together a top-notch website devoted to a Bill Jamesian train of thought, and do it so well. David had gotten his site going only a few months before, and I sent him an email with a little column, (that eventually became my first ever post) that I wanted him to put up on Musings, with me as a guestwriter. He said he would if I wanted, but suggested I start my own blog, and then he told me how.
Four months later I asked David for the first of what would be hundreds of plugs, and he generously sent me his readers, as he has done countless times since. The rest is history.
In fact, reading through David’s first couple of months, (as I just did), you can see many of the best guys out there getting their first taste of the big time, including Joe Sheehan, Aaron Gleeman, Jay Jaffe, Travis Nelson, Al Bethke, and of course, me.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the whole baseball blogosphere owes David a huge debt of gratitude. Without him, I’d still be arguing with my brother, or yelling at the radio.
David’s been running a Pledge Drive for March. If you have a second, and a couple of bucks sitting in your Paypal account, stop by and donate to the Blogfather. No one deserves our support more.