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Friday, December 05, 2008

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So here's the deal. I began this blog a looooong time ago, back in March of 2004. I did it as a lark when I was in law school to burn off a little steam. Over time it built into a bit of an obsession for me, consuming hours and hours and hours of my time. On the face of it, it seems a little silly: at best the readership of this blog is 150-200 people a day. Why do I do it?

I love baseball and I love the Phillies and I want to share those twin passions with you, the fan. So I plugged along, writing and writing and ultimately posting 999 posts before I felt burned out last year and quit on July 7th, 2008, writing my second "this is my final post" post. (I had previously quit in August of '05 only to return to the job in February of '06.) Watching the Phillies as a fan was cathardic. It was fun. I was worried that my posts were getting boring, that I was getting to be a snore. My own sense of it was that I was turning out some turgid prose.

So here is what I am going to do. I'm coming back. I got bit by the bug watching the Phillies win the World Series and I was kicking myself a little as I watched Brad Lidge toss the final strikeout. Wouldn't it be fun to write again? I'm betting it will.

So I'm back. With a catch: I won't be posting anything until March 2, 2009. Why am I putting off my return to so far into the future? Because, my dear reader, I have decided to marshall all of my energy into writing for six months. I'll be slaving away on posts from now until then that won't even see the light of day until March because I want to write the definative account of the 2009 season, from beginning to end, which I will expand upon at the end of the season into my long-discussed, long-planned book, which I have tenatively entitled Still the Team to Beat: A Blogger's Story of the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies. My 2009 posts will be, effectively, the first draft of that book. That's the plan at any rate.

So that's it. I'll see you on March 2nd. 'Til then if you want to reach me, email me at citizensblog at gmail dot com. Enjoy!


Welcome back! I really missed your posts while the team had a tremendous September and then manage to win it all in October. Can't wait for March 2nd!
I too have thought about turning my blog into a book. I'd probably sell about 3 copies...all to family members.

Welcome back!
It's going to be tough to stay away from blogging about the Phils during the offseason. I think Ibanez is the first of many things to change before pitchers and catchers report. I think the Phils have another FA in them, and maybe a trade (it would surprise me if Madson is still here come the '09 season).

You right - they did have another FA in them: Chan Ho Park. Sweet!
Signing Ibanez was a great move for the Phils. Definte upgrade in LF.

I was out of the country on business for this whole run and the end of your blog, which strangely fell on my birthday ... so now I check back in, find all this out and offer a comment ... please come back, and i ask didn't it make sense knowing the Mets or Braves of all teams would extend 4 years to D Lowe, to address a need and mentally bury the Braves and Mets before the season begins ... Lowe, much like Moyer is clubhouse guy, a winner and is NEVER hurt moreover a perfect style for our park...i know he's 35 but look at his innings pitched over his career ... Glad your coming back Soon ... Sincerely Burt "still feeling Minnesota"
Welcome back!

I started my own blog at around the time you made your "last post." I know exactly what you mean when you said why you do it. Even though I get about 100 readers a day (thats on a very good day), I still do it because I love the Phillies and baseball.

I look forward to reading your post on the reigning World Champs.
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The following admission and its responses were sent to various members of the N.Y. and Philadelphia sports media including the Mets organization. It was mentioned on-air on 610 WIP radio during the mid-day show on Wednesday 6/10. Could this be true?????

I work for Hunt Construction. I was a foreman at Citi Field. There are 3 Phillies Jerseys buried in the ball park. As a lifelong Phillies fan, I felt it was my duty to jinx the Mets. I'm not telling you my real name for obvious reasons. The jerseys are:

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I'm letting this out now since I'm going to the game tonight for the first time. I will be showing my buddies where they're buried and will be laughing our asses off.
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