Sunday, November 7, 2010

See Ya Later

After a few months of silence, I think I'm probably done as a Nationals blogger.

Since about April, my blogging time has been eaten up by all sorts of other things, mainly related to moving from the DC area to Portland, Maine. Then I was working day and night for the last month or so on the election. But now that I have a little more time, I'm still just not feeling the vibe.

I always said I would keep doing this only as long as it was fun, and I haven't been able to think of anything that would be fun to write about for a while.

I will still root for the Nationals--I sure as shootin' will never root for the Red Sox. I'll actually have an easier time seeing games now that I don't have to deal with the stupid MLB.tv blackouts.

For the record, I think the Nationals are in better shape organizationally than at anytime since they came to DC. There's the influx of premium talent from the #1 picks. Since Aaron Crow, the Lerners have basically spent like normal MLB owners. Mike Rizzo's been competent, and getting Stan Kasten out of the way I think helps, because now you FINALLY have a clear top-down structure with a baseball person reporting to the owners.

Other than Jim Bowden, the team and MASN have always been incredibly gracious to me. I really appreciate all they've done with the blogger days and the responsiveness to inquiries.

Anyway, thanks for the eyeballs and the comments and the links. It's been fun. If I feel the bug again, maybe I'll come back. But for now, the blog is closed. See ya.

16 comments:

JayB said...

Thanks Steven.....it was a good run and you gave us a lot to think about.....Hope some day you get to see a well constructed team here in DC....it still is looking like a long way off to me.

I have family in Portland and always try to see a Sea Dogs Harrisburg game each summer......perhaps you will see a Fire Jim B tea shirt in Maine.

Scott C. said...

Sorry to see your run end Steven -- you improved my fan experience with your take on all things Nats. All best in your future endeavors.

Positively Half St. said...

Steven-

I certainly enjoyed your work. I don't believe you are done for sure, though. Every time Boswell writes about the Nats, the pull to respond will be overwhelming.

+1/2St.

Utec said...

Thanks Steven, I'll miss your clear thinking and passionate writing. Best of luck to you, and I hope the election hangover isn't too painful. Pretty sad here in Va. 5.

TomL said...

Thanks for the good times! It was good to see anger channeled constructively into fine posting, good luck in the future

ficta said...

Thanks Steven, I've really enjoyed your take on things.

CoverageisLacking said...

Thanks, Steven. Your contribution will be missed. Best wishes.

Souldrummer said...

I came here expecting "see ya later" to be some kind of epitaph for Scott Olsen. Sadly, it's an epitaph for one of the first bloggers I read consistently in the Natmosphere, an inspiration for Natsinsider, a hook for Natsfarm, and the table setter for my visits to Federal Baseball.

Hopefully, you'll at least drop by and comment elsewhere so that you can continue to needle and hold the powers that be accountable.

Guess that means your family life and professional life are picking up outside of town and I hope that's a positive development.

flippin said...

Thanks for everything you have done to make DC more of a baseball town. I hope your real life job makes this country a better place to live. Can you start a "fire tea baggers" blog or something?

Dave Nichols said...

I am truly sorry to read this, especially since I am on vacation and am unable to fully eulogize the passing of one of the best critical thinking blogs that ever covered the Nats. We'll always have the ESPN Zone when Mr Bowden said "I know exactly who you guys are!". All the best. Keep in touch.

James Bjork said...

Best wishes, Steven. I didn't always agree with you, but I wouldn't tune in if I didn't care. Very fine writing. I hope other bloggers can take up the slack!

Gusto said...

Have a great life, and write when you get work! But if Rizzo (1) lets Dunn go and drafts two toolsy outfielders with the picks, (2) signs Brandon Webb to be #1 and he gets fitted for a new uniform just in time for his shoulder surgery, and (3) signs an expensive third world teenager no one else has ever heard of, then I expect to see you back with fire in your eye!

Joel said...

I didn't always agree with what you wrote, but you were always thought provoking, passionate, and consistent. Thanks for your efforts, you're voice will be missed.

Harper said...

Was that a Siskel & Ebert reference?

I'd say it goes without saying that you'll be missed, but I'm saying it so that makes no sense. See you in Spring if the the bug bites you again, happy trails if it doesn't.

Mac G said...

damn, that sucks. I guess this team chews out good bloggers too. Well, I hope you have a comeback at some point like Needham. Your critical viewpoints are much needed. thanks for all the effort into this operation. word,

Section 222 said...

Sorry to hear this Steven, you'll be missed. Actually, you've been missed much of this year. I very much enjoyed your posts and your podcasts, and share your politics. Once you get the country turned around maybe you can return to your non-political interests. All the best to you and your family.