Well, it’s that time of year. Time to look back on what will soon be what was and look forward to what will be. In a lot of ways, on a personal level, 2006 was one of my best. I got to watch my son grow another year and he’s gone from being a baby boy to a little man and while he can be a handful, my wife and I made it through it. Probably the only downer has been my job, although that is going to be resolved sooner rather then later.
As far as the website, a ton of great things happened. I covered my fourth Tigers season and boy was it a good one. I never thought I’d see the Tigers play in a World Series this soon but the team defied all expectations. They fell one series short, but it’s hard to look back at that and still not be happy with how the team did. Baseball was back in Detroit for the first time in a long time and man was it fun.
2006 was also the first year in a while that I didn’t work on a historical diary on Tigerblog, but the concept is catching on. I wrote up the 1976 Reds diary for my friend Blade, and the 1906 White Sox, 1926 Cardinals and 1986 Mets were all covered on other sites. And you can bet there will be more next year, including a five team cooperative diary covering the 1967 American League Pennant Race.
This was also the first year where I finally formalized the baseball blog network I had been working on. Baseball Historians now covers more then half of the teams in the league and the hope is to be covering all 30 by the beginning of the season. All of the sites cover current events for each of their teams but they all also have a historical bent to them.
2007 is shaping up to be just as good. I’m going to be in another book in addition to my two appearances in the last two Hardball Times Annuals. I’ll only give you a teaser, but I’ll be interviewing a Tigers icon for the Hardball Times in the next couple of weeks and I’m really looking forward to that. And I’m also looking to expand my role on SABR’s Business of Baseball committee this year. And the Tigers 2007 season, which will be fifth covering them on Tigerblog, is shaping up to be just as good as 2006.
With that, I hope each of you have a safe and happy New Year. I’ll see you on the other side in 2007.