Five Days Late, A Fifth Anniversary

Mailbag: Ibanez, Montero, Closer, Martin
RAB Live Chat
Players can't come to our party. Sorry CC. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

Spring Training is an exciting time of year. Every team is in contention, everyone’s in the best shape of their life, and optimism is abound. When the Yankees held their first official workout this past Monday, a minor little detail flew under the radar because of all the excitement: it was RAB’s fifth birthday.

Five years and five days ago, Ben, Joe, and I launched this site never imagining it would become as popular as it is today. In one of my very first comments, I confidently proclaimed that “there’s a better chance the Yanks will draft Jesus Christ than have Brackman fall all the way to 30.” In the five years since that comment, Brackman did fall to the Yankees and the 30th overall pick, had Tommy John surgery, spent three unproductive years in the minors, and been released. The Yanks did add a Jesus to their system as well, just for good measure.

We can’t thank you folks enough for the support you’ve shown us through the years. Without you guys, RAB probably would have closed up shop a long time ago. Instead, we’ve managed to expand a bit, adding some great writers, hooking on with the YES Network, and infiltrating more popular sites like FanGraphs and MLB Trade Rumors. We even scored some time on Newsday a few years back. Our plan for baseball blogosphere domination is finally starting to come to fruition.

In all seriousness, thank you for helping make RAB what it is today. You guys keep us on our toes and force us to be better. The five years have gone by in the blink of an eye, but we’ve welcomed in a New Stadium, said goodbye to The Boss, and celebrated a World Championship during that time. Here’s to another amazing five years, and many more after that.

Mailbag: Ibanez, Montero, Closer, Martin
RAB Live Chat
  • K rizzle

    Congratulations RAB!

  • JJ

    Thank you Mike and to the entire staff for giving us fans a place to get information, share thoughts, and appreciate the greatest team in sports! Happy 5th Anniversary!

  • J

    Thanks for all of the hard work you guys have put in over the last 5 years and congratulations on the anniversary. Here’s to another 5..

    J in Australia

  • A.D.

    Congrats guys, you make the site great, we just come and enjoy the content.

  • Drew

    yeah yeah yeah now go write something about the 25th man on the roster!

  • jay destro


    • Cris Pengiucci

      Drinks on me!! Now all you need to do is find me and I’ll be sure to buy you one. Deadline is 5:30 Mountain Time.

  • Mike HC

    Nicely said. Congrats on the success and hopefully to many more years of RAB.

  • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

    Congrats and keep up the great work. This blog is essential reading for any Yankee fan.

  • Mykey

    Wooh! Congrats RAB! Your dedication and originality always amazes me. Keep up the good work!

  • Jesse

    Happy belated birthday RAB! Best Yankee blog out there, no doubt. Keep up the fantastic work.

  • bexarama

    Congrats, guys. I’m not here for comments much these days but you all do a fantastic job; thank you so much for this site and its intelligent, insightful articles. This isn’t meant as a slight to any other sites, but RAB is definitely the best Yankee website out there. Thanks for all your hard work, again, and hopefully we’ll all be here to celebrate #28 this year.

  • JonS

    Congrats Mike et al!

    This site is the hands down best sports blog that I have ever frequented. From the instant responses to personal questions to the frequent news updates and great stories, this site is awesome!

    Here’s to many more great years!

  • mike_h

    Rock on, so what is RAB gonna do when it becomes a free agent since you’re still in arb years? lol

  • JC in NC

    Congrats guys, this site should be considered required reading for Yankee fans.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    RAB FTW!

    congrats guys. The site is still awesome and I visit it at least once every single day. The new writers have done a great job too, especially Larry’s stuff is very exciting and always a great read.

    • Midland TX

      Ditto. I think Larry’s explanation of the shrinking delta between AJ’s FB and CU should be the last word on the matter.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    congrats! It’s a favorite on my home laptop, work computer and iPhone…it’s my go to place for yankee news/opions

    • Matt :: Sec110


      dam, perhaps we need an edit button.

  • OldYanksFan

    Holy Shite! CC has lost some serious weight!
    That’s ain’t just 10-15 lbs.
    If he can maintain that, life will be good for the Yankees.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    To watch this site grow over the past five years, as it has, has been a joy. You three have consistently cut through the bullshit and delivered content that is such a relief from the noise coming out of major publications, and even other blogs. Never, ever change, and congrats to all three of you.

  • Matt

    to the top blog out. Congrats on 5 years and looking forward to many more.

  • Chris

    Love the site. I legit check it at least five times a day. Keep it up!

    • The Oberamtmann

      Here too. I check it constantly. It’s my go-to break from work site.

  • Yankeegirl49

    Congrats guys!
    I remember finding this place in it’s early stages and was so thankful to read not only intelligent articles, but intelligent comments as well.
    Here’s to many more successful years…for RAB and the Yanks!

  • BK2ATL

    Congrats RAB!!!

  • Cy Pineda

    This site is first on my favorites bar! thank-you!

  • Garcia

    Congratulations Mike, Ben, Joe, and the rest of the staff! What you’ve been able to do in 5 years is unparalleled, in my humble opinion. You continually provide your faithful readers with breaking news, insightful analysis, and on-the-farm updates that allow us to follow this team in a way I could have never imagine. All the while, you’ve maintained the “tone” of true fans without ever being too reactionary or provocative. You deserve everything you’ve achieved thus far.

    So long as River Avenue Blues continues to exist, I shall continue to read. Happy birthday, and most importantly, LET’S GO YANKEES!

  • Brandon W

    I’ve never been much for leaving comments, but I’ve read this site almost every day for the past 3-4 years. It definitely doesn’t feel that long. I try to say something useful from time to time, occasionally throw a question into the weekly chats, but I always read.

    This site is, without a doubt, the best place for useful Yankees analysis. It’s also the quickest to have said analysis after news breaks. Adding more writers has helped bring a broader range of opinions to the table, and you guys are always working to help improve this site. This is an awesome site; as a reader, I appreciate everything you guys do.

  • miketotheg

    congrats! I have been reading this Yankee blog almost every day for ages!! Love it! Keep up the great work!! and the RAB fantasy leagues!! ;)

    in 2012 we are going to win it all!!!!!!

  • Sweet Lou


    May your first child be a masculine child…

    • Cris Pengiucci

      And since it’ll be masculine, it’s probably better that it’s male as well. :-)

  • Bruno

    Congrats from Brazil ! Keep up the good work!
    As already said, this site should be a required reading for every yankee fan out there.

  • Patrick O’Keefe

    Congrats guys!

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    I’ve been reading this site since day one. Of course I’ve had various handle’s over the years but if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed at all … It’s the content of quality material that’s respectful and best of all FREE!!!

    I canceled my Pinstripesplus (yankees.scout) account a few years back since basically I found this site easier to digest since it wasn’t as biased as the site I just mentioned.

    This place has LAP’d Nomaas by far… To the point that I forgot it existed until this past offseason.

    From in George we trust to having random commercials appear on the YES network you fealls have come a long long way in a short amount of time (linear).

  • ND Mike

    Happy birthday RAB! As a Yankees fan living in North Dakota, it was a great day when I found your site. I feel so much more connected to the Yankees and my fellow fans and it’s all because of your hard work.

    Thanks for giving me a place to get great information about the Yankees and baseball itself. I can honestly say I’m a better BASEBALL fan because your site. Thanks for your dedication and keep up the excellent work.

  • jsbrendog

    this has been really the only yankee related site i’ve read since I first stumbled upon it around 4 and a half years ago. love to see you guys meeting with success and i agree with someone above, you guys should organize another get together, not necessarily at a yankee game.

    keep up the good work. The three of you are aces in my eyes (and all the new writers as well.)

  • Chuck M

    I’ve been a lurker on RAB pretty much since you guys started – love the site. This is my first go-to site every day for baseball news and discussion. Thank you very much!

  • Dan

    Guys, Thank you for all of your hard work and great articles. This site has gotten me through a year of grad school and 3 years of a job with plenty of downtime. I check in a few times a day and am always excited about fresh posts.
    Keep up the amazing work and thanks again.

  • Yank The Frank

    No, thank you! It’s become my go to spot for all things Yankee.

  • marechal

    Congratulations, RAB. Keep up the good work.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    Cheers, Axisa, et al.! I was recently visiting NYC and staying with a close, old friend. We were sitting around the house, drinking a beer, chatting, surfing the web… he noticed that I was on RAB on my iPad, and said, “Oh yeah, I read that blog all the time too.”

  • Handtius

    Congrats rab. I started reading this blog in its first year. I remember when I first found it, I went back and read all the articles that came before my time. Because of you guys I, and most Yankee fans that frequent your site, have become much smarter fans. An for me it has increased my enjoyment of the game ten fold. So thank you for that. I may not comment like I used to, but I still read every article. Keep rockin it till you can strum no more.

  • Chris in Maine

    Congrats! Beside the many superlatives posted above, I’d like to point out that we (I) enjoy the interactions and responsiveness you guys exhibit here as well as via other mediums such as twitter. Collectively you all are very easy to contact, and treat our silly questions with far more respect than they deserve.

  • BigDavey88

    I’ve been reading this site on an almost daily basis for two years now and it’s been the best move by far. I rarely look at the drivel on ESPN et. al. anymore because of this site and I am very thankful for this.

    I don’t always comment, but when I do

    it’s to thank you guys for existing or to be snarky.

    Thanks again.

  • Scout

    “Our plan for baseball blogosphere domination is finally starting to come to fruition.”

    So we should call you the Evil Empire II?

    Be careful or Bud Selig will slap you upside the head with a luxury tax and take away your first round draft choice. The blogosphere needs competitive balance.

  • ADam

    Cheers, great work

  • Justin

    So when’s the 5th anniversary party?

  • NRW Yankee

    Congratulations and thank you for keepin a fan from overseas informed everyday about whats going on in yankeeland ;-)

  • bill

    Thanks guys! Been my favorite site for Yankee info for over a year now and really glad I stumbled onto this site. Keep up the good work! GO YANKEES!

  • thenamestsam

    Congratulations, you guys are very deserving of all the success you’ve had. This is not only the best Yankees blog I’ve found, hands down the best blog I’ve found related to any of my hobbies/interests. Now get out there and start some blogs about other things I like, okay? Thanks in advance.

  • jayd808

    I like how you guys keep to your chosen topic and do not stray into any artsy crap or get into fights with your readers. My source for Yankee stuff.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona


  • jjyank

    Happy birthday, RAB. Mike, Joe, Ben, and all the weekend guys/girl, you all do a fantastic job. I’ve been reading RAB multiple times a day for 3-4 years now, though I don’t comment very often.

    Just an a note on how great RAB is: Fridays are great days for most people, end of the week and all. I unfortunately work Thursday-Monday, so Friday is kinda like my Tuesday. But RAB makes my Friday feel more special thanks to the weekly mailbags, chats, and radio shows. So keep up the good work guys!

  • Eric

    Keep up the great work fellas (and Hannah). Funny seeing my name in the comments on that old post.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…



  • rek4gehrig

    Best Yankee site EVA :-)

  • Monterowasdinero

    Happy Anniversary RAB and thanks for all you do. I love the site and try to ignore the personal attacks that occur from time to time. The cost of doing business I guess. Keep up the good work and oh…..Montero is batting 5th and catching in Arizona today for the M’s first intrasquad game.

    • Midland TX

      Wha? Who’s batting cleanup? Is Jesus protecting Smoak?

  • CS Yankee

    That’s for making a site that has reduced my production at work by 20% but has increased my knowledge base by 50% (+).

    Great stuff!

  • Mark Zienkiewicz

    Well done…..check in 5 times daily, always informative.

  • Pete

    As many others have said, my one-stop-shop for all Yankees news. Keep up the good work, gentlemen – looking forward to the next 5!

  • Claudell

    Congrats! You have become my first go-to site for Yankees news and analysis. Keep up the good work.

  • doc

    The best yankee blog can’t stop reading it

  • doc

    The best yankee blog can’t stop reading

  • flamingo

    Congrats! You’re all doing a fantastic job.

  • Rick

    You have it backwards Mike, we all owe everyone at RAB a thank you!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Thanks for all you do.

  • Mr. RSU

    Congrats gentlemen, been an avid reader for 2 years now, it’s a site I frequent constantly although haven’t been posting much at all over that time, which I hope to change. Keep up the good work guys, it’s such a good site and good content! Here’s to 5 more!

  • TCMiller30

    Very cool, congrats guys!

  • The Manchine

    I confidently proclaimed that “there’s a better chance the Yanks will draft Jesus Christ than have Brackman fall all the way to 30.” In the five years since that comment, Brackman did fall to the Yankees and the 30th overall pick, had Tommy John surgery, spent three unproductive years in the minors, and been released. The Yanks did add a Jesus to their system as well, just for good measure.

    IETC, a perfect microcosmic example of RAB.

    Well done, and CONGRATULATIONS guys.

  • Stephen

    Congratulations, guys, and thanks so much for the many hours of great and steady analysis! Your regular ramblings on all things Yankees gives people like me the fix we so desperately crave. Thanks for being dedicated, honest and level-headed enough to keep all of us off the edge.


    Your most dedicated reader in Scotand

  • Karma

    How did you guys forget your own birthday? Keep up the great work!

  • Joey

    Ah I remember the day years ago when I asked Rob Neyer (with ESPN at the time) about the best Yanks blog and he recommended RAB. Never looked back. Thanks for all the hard work guys, very happy about all your success, keep it up

  • Aaron S.

    Congrats guys. It’s reminders like this – that hard work can actually pay off with enough patience and persistence – that keep me going in my quest to turn writing about the game I love into an income. Keep up the great work gentlemen!

  • Rainbow connection

    Thanks to Mike and Joe.

  • Okyankee24

    Still can’t believe this is free. You guys are the real deal. I check back at least 15 times a day for the latest. Thanks fellas.

  • Troll Killer

    I rarely comment here but I lurk most of the time. I’ve been reading RAB since the middle of Spring Training in 2009 and I haven’t looked back at another blog ever since. It’s my go to Yankees blog and I want to say thank you Mike (and the rest of the RAB staff) for writing analysis, news, and all the other stuff. Thank you once again.