After over four years, 2511 posts, and over 9000 comments, MetsToday finally made the big time: it is now the official Mets blog of the ESPN SweetSpot, headed by Rob Neyer.
Ah, so that explains the ESPN bar at the top of the page …
Within an hour of the announcement, (1) dozens of loyal visitors, friends, and family sent their congratulations; (2) my web host shut down the site temporarily for traffic overload; and, (3) I received “constructive criticism” from a prolific TV / movie actor who admitted to being “underwhelmed” by MetsToday and suggested I put a little more passion and opinion into my writing. Huh, that’s a new one … usually people are bashing me for being TOO opinionated … guess I still have work to do.
So what will change now that MetsToday has “sold out” to “the man”? Nothing, other than that bar up there and an occasional server meltdown. The truth is, the site has not been “sold”, and this remains a non-paying gig. Once in a while, there may be an “assignment” from Rob Neyer, and we may have the chance to include some ESPN material down the road (video?), but for the most part, MetsToday will continue to be the same blog it’s always been. Rob (I think I can call him “Rob”?) handpicked the blogs for the SweetSpot Network because he believed each did a strong job of covering our favorite teams — so why fix what ain’t broke?
Speaking of those great blogs, you can jump to any of them via the drop-down selector in the bar above. A few you may already be familiar with, and all are worth checking out.
I cannot go any further without thanking the loyal readers and commenters of MetsToday, who keep the conversation going on a daily basis and who, as Yogi Berra might say, make this blog necessary. Really, that’s what this blog is all about — a place where Mets fans can convene and kvetch.
To new readers, thanks for taking the time to check out MetsToday and please consider joining the conversation. We only ask that you respect others and refrain from personal attacks — stay on topic and keep the argument directed toward positions rather than other commenters. Also, this is a family-friendly (and pet-friendly) site so no profanity.
More good news: the Mets remain undefeated and in first place in the NL East!