A big RAB thank you

RoboKen: Cameron deals hits a roadblock
Afternoon updates: Winding down the meetings

With the Winter Meetings wrapping up today, I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has stopped by over the last days. On Monday, we set a new RAB record with a hair under 30,000 page views; on Tuesday, we topped that record and hit 34,000; on Wednesday, we blew past Tuesday’s total to end the day with over 42,000 page views. In other words, with Mike and Joe in Vegas covering the meetings and my running the wires in New York, we’ve pulled in over 108,000 page views in three days.

On a similar vein, Rob Neyer penned an interesting piece on his acceptance into the BBWAA. He’s certainly a bit ambivalent about inclusion, and one of his passages strikes a chord:

when I was hired to write for ESPN’s Web site in 1996, nobody told me to respect my elders. So I didn’t. If I thought Tracy Ringolsby was writing foolishly, I said so. If I thought Tom Verducci had crossed the line from intelligent analysis (of which he’s highly capable) into subjective dim-wittedness, I said so. And usually not with any surplus of grace. I believed then (and believe now) that my job, my responsibility, is to entertain and to educate, and that “not ruffling feathers” falls way, way down on the list somewhere.

That gets at the root of what we do. Yes, we’re fans covering our favorite team. But at the same time, we don’t give the Yanks and the papers that cover them a free pass. I cover the stadium issue quasi-fanatically because there’s been an utter lack of skeptical and accurate reporting. Joe takes issue with the New York Post because they more than push that line Neyer mentions. Mike delves into the minors because few others do. We like to hope that we bring something new and unique to the table, and I guess we’re doing something right.

So thank you to the regulars and thank you to the new folks who have stopped by. We’ll be here all winter and into the season as well. Make sure you come back.

RoboKen: Cameron deals hits a roadblock
Afternoon updates: Winding down the meetings
  • Jake K.

    Thank you guys for the tireless, too often thankless work. Keep it up!

  • doty25

    YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE FANS, AND NEVER TEND TO BE EXPERTS!

  • MJ

    It’s a phenomenal site. A source of interesting analysis and a nice clearinghouse for Yankee-related info, both original and gleaned from other sources. You’re a daily stop on my internet surf-ride. Love the work you do and I applaud the way you do it. And this is coming from a guy that isn’t a regular commenter over here…

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/individual_player_postseason.jsp?c_id=mlb&playerID=121250&statType=2 Slugger27

    agree with above posters… yall did a great job covering the meetings

    excellent work, much appreciated

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Excellent work by all.

    And Mike, your ass is MINE in fantasy. NO HOMO.

    • jsbrendog

      due to frank gore’s injury I have had to reinitiate the tj duckett era.

      but i already beat Mike. HA!

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Fred Taylor in the IR means more sweet, sweet Maurice Jones-Drew action for me…

        • jsbrendog

          frank gore injury means tj duckett and tashard chouice action for me! holy shit im totally fucked

          • Mike Pop

            Your worse at managing a team than Girardi !

            Zing !

            • jsbrendog

              with 20 teams and having been given a crappy draft from yahoo by ifnishing second and being i the playoffs i would beg to differ.

              • Mike Pop

                20 teams is wild, too much for me

                • jsbrendog

                  at times its awful. therefore you see why tj duckett is the onyl available player there is.

                  My second running back revolving door this yr:
                  duckett, gary russel, jakob hester, ahman green, tashard choice, tj duckett.

                  it really does all come full circle.

                  and you dont realize how amusing it is til you ask your friend, a fantasy football FANATIC who to start, russel or hester and he goes, who the fuck are those people?

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, this season has been awesome. I’ve enjoyed this 20-team gulag deathmarch a little more than the standard 12-team league.

                  It’s like playing a whole new game.

                • jsbrendog

                  agreed. im totally in again fornext year

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    You guys do a fantastic job; please keep up the great work. Thanks and good luck with the site in the future.

  • http://poormansanalyst.wordpress.com/ dan

    RAB iz da shiz

  • Nady Nation

    Thank you guys for allowing me to accomplish a combined 2 hours of work over the last 4 days. My bosses appreciate it greatly.

    • TurnTwo

      i’ll second that.

      i actually have the double whammy… no work accomplished on the job, plus wasted time studying for finals.

      • Nady Nation

        One slip, and you’re gone. Wha-mmy

      • Mike Pop

        Anyway, Im kinda known for my catch phrase WHAMMY! As in Gene Tenace at the plate… WHAMMY! WHAMMY!

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Maybe go to Seaworld, take off my pants…

          • jsbrendog

            have some chicken, maybe some sex

          • Nady Nation

            Flip off the monkeys

  • Bruno

    Congrats gentlemen.

  • Mike in RI

    Thanks for all of your hard work the past few days. You guys did an excellent job of covering the Winter Meetings. The constant updates, analysis of moves, and live chats made it feel like I was almost there. Thanks again guys.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You guys did an excellent job of covering the Winter Meetings…made it feel like I was almost there.

      I even have a new dysentery infection to prove it!

  • jsbrendog

    gentlemen. keep on truckin. you are well aware as to how i feel.

  • http://itsaboutthemoney.blogspot.com Jason @ IIATMS

    You guys are a model that I follow. Fans but objective, honest, rational. Good work.

    • radnom

      Whoa.

      I would consider changing up the color scheme on your blog man.

      • Whitey14

        Yep, no offense dude, but that’s brutal.

        However, it was the first time that I ever tried to read sonmething written on a Lima Bean, so you do have that going for you ;-)

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I feel bad for Padres fans. Those puke-mustard-sand-yellow uniforms look like clown suits. Pathetic.

  • ceciguante

    and a big thanks to all 3 of you guys for keeping us all updated more than we otherwise would be.

    one point, though: since you rightly don’t shrink from criticizing others who offer their opinions on baseball, just remember that when you guys get criticized, too.

    looking forward to more RAB coverage this hot stove season-

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Noted. We always appreciate the criticism, ceciguante, no matter how much we defend ourselves.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya well, you guys suck at everything

        • jsbrendog

          this was funny

      • ceciguante

        i know you guys can take it. that’s why i come back.
        and you’d damn well better defend yourselves!
        i don’t read no pushover bloggers.

  • Bruno

    Can this be used as an open thread?

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Great work, as always. RAB 4eva.

  • UWS

    We *heart* RAB.

  • Ivan

    Terrific work guys and thanx for all the cool stuff you guys do.

    And the best part is, you guys are gonna get better and make a dynasty out of this thing and one day we can celebrate a yankee WS with this blog.

    Great Job.

    • Mike Pop

      The RAB celebration party, we all get hammered and post comments about how the yanks are the best

      • UWS

        RAB celebration party will be when the Melky trade is finalized. That’s when the authors get hammered and post comments about how Murray Chass is their idol.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          WHOOOOOOOOOOOO CHASS YOU FUKIN SUCK LOOSER WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

          [vomits]

          • jsbrendog

            oh wicked vomit bro

      • Bruno

        How’s that different than every other day?!?

        • Mike Pop

          Ha

      • Ivan

        It would be like the old Jay-Z song, it would be a “Takeover”

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “The RAB celebration party, we all get hammered and post comments about how the yanks are the best.”

        Oh man that’s kinda depressing and perhaps the lamest party idea ever. Don’t get me wrong, clearly I’m totally down. Just saying.

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          We have been comin’ to the same party for the last twelve years, and in no way is that depressing…

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Wow, this burrito is delicious, but it is filling.

            (Worlds collide!)

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I WANT YOU TO FIX MY CHOPPER BEFORE I STOMP YOUR GOOFY ASS!!!

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            “I’ve been smoking pot every day for the last 11 years and I don’t find it to be habit forming.”
            Alfred E. Newman

  • Manimal

    Oh man, Marlins are pissed. I just got that old school yankees feeling of buying everyone in sight and no one can do anything about it because we have the money for it. Go for Tex, we have enough money.

    • UWS

      Whatcha talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

      • Manimal

        Marlins president said that he hates the yanks for getting CC(basically). Everyone is starting to hate on the yanks because we are too good.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Link?

          • Manimal

            I saw it on ESPN, Ill find one though

    • TurnTwo

      amen.

  • Thomas

    You guy run a great website keep it. Keep posting for more or less the the intelligent fans!

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Keep posting for more or less the the intelligent fans!

      Always remember, you can’t make lemonade with lemons.

  • http://julieandthecity.com Julie

    You guys have been doing great work from the start, day in and day out. Congratulations on all the traffic!

  • Manimal

    Wow, I just had a really nice conversation with Gerrit Cole about of a bunch of stuff. Sick.

    • jsbrendog

      seriously?

      • Manimal

        yeah he has a facebook. We talked about everything from CC to UCLA to Boras.

        • jsbrendog

          that’s cool. tell him he should’ve been a yankee and to become one.

          • Manimal

            He is still a HARDCORE yankee fan, he just wanted to go to college. He told me that he will enter the draft as soon as he is eligible, which is his junior year of College(3 more years)

            • JohnC

              Unfortunately, we may not get another chance to draft him.

              • Manimal

                Yeah. I asked him an interesting question.

                Me: What would you do if the sox draft you when your eligible
                Gerrit: id sign
                Gerrit: who cares at that point
                Gerrit: haha
                Gerrit: an opportunity is an opportunity
                Gerrit: gotta go with the flow

                • jsbrendog

                  smart kid

              • jsbrendog

                he could pull a jd drew couldnt he?

                • Steve H

                  JD Drew didn’t sign because of money. If the Sox draft him, they’ll pay him. So no, he wouldn’t pull a JD Drew. Could he? Technically, but it would be the dumbest thing ever.

  • emac2

    Thank you!

    For keeping me from gettng any work done for 2 whole days!

    :)

    Actually – I do have a “bug” question. I don’t run flash so I can go to ESPN without having to manually stop them downloading and playing movies on every page. The problem is that it causes your site to show me your main page for a second or two before taking me to a copy of opne of the ads you run. I have to hit back and stop to get it to stay on the main page.

  • Matt K

    Thank You RAB!!

    How are you gunna get media passes to the games???

  • Manimal

    Wow, 42000 hits and 0 slow down on the site. You guys REALLY upgraded the servers when we were having those Sox games

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Glad someone noticed!

      • BigYank1

        I don’t know if you guys have seen this:

        ————————–
        ‘Also, big thanks to the guys at River Ave. Blues. Baseball America’s web site wouldn’t load and milb.com wasn’t updating so I followed the draft through their live blog. Kudos to those guys for going to Las Vegas to cover the winter meetings themselves. ‘
        ————————–

        Direct quote from Chad Jennings over on his blog.

        • jsbrendog

          wow big score!

  • A.D.

    Mets got Putz… now if they only had a starting staff

    • Steve H

      No no no, it’s all about the bullpen. Who cares about the first 7 innings. JOBA to the Pen 2009!!!

      • jsbrendog

        not to mention their second baseman cant run or hit and delgado is probabl oging toplay the whole yr lik he did the first half and their left field platoon of murphy and cant think of other person is unproven (at least murphy is over a full season) and church is injury prone and reyes is a prick and schneider will probably regress too and their starters are a mess with neise who isnt proven and pelfry and maine each coming off injuries and then having to find a 5th starter to go with johan and STILL having to rely on 3 kids (we found how that works)

        but hey, at least they have a closer now.

    • ceciguante

      i actually furious about this, i’ve been saying for years that the way to build a bullpen is just to sign 2 closers and plug one into the 8th. effin minaya. i LOVED watching the mets blow games late…

  • christopher

    peavy deal is toast again – ESPN

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Quick, somebody put 65hughes on suicide watch.

      • jsbrendog

        haha

  • jsbrendog

    i remember when i first started coming here and threads owould have like 30 comments and id be like damn that one’s huge! now they almost all consistently have over a 100. awesome. wish i had a successful blog lol

  • mike G.

    congrats!

    you guys do a great job!

    for what its worth i check the site every day. I got some baseball withdraw going on.

    i’m actually looking forward to the WBC.

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