The more that I think about it, the more I really am greatful for all the great things I've gotten to experience running a website like this. The perks are honestly endless. I get sent free books and clothes in the mail occassionally. I get to talk to some really cool people all over the sports world. And the women, oh my goodness, the women. I'm practically beating them away with a stick at this point (Ok, maybe that last one was a slight exaggeration. But the first two are definitely true.)
Honestly, above all though, my favorite thing about running this website is that I'm just never quite sure who is checking in and reading my stuff. The idea that when I hit publish on an article, there are people all over the country, and all over the globe reading, really is special. The fact that in most cases, I don't know who these people are, where they live, how they found my work, what they do for a living, or anything else about them, only makes the whole thing more mysterious.
Either way, I was reminded of exactly that this week, when one of my readers named Steve in San Diego forwarded along the picture below.
First off, if you're thinking, "Wow, that's a kick-ass man cave!!" Well, you're correct. It absolutely is. As a matter of fact, I want to move in tomorrow. But there's actually more of a story to it than just that.
What's the story? Well, if you look closely, you'll see that in the top left corner, above the framed San Diego Chargers jersey, there is a multi-colored pennant. That pennant was sent to Steve by me, from earlier this spring when I went to spring training. As you may remember, at the time I offered to buy any of the readers of this site one of those pennants, as a thank you from me to all of you for checking out this website. And after taking a few months to get settled, and get set up, Steve was finally able to put up that banner recently, and thought enough to send me a picture.
Again, this might not mean much to the rest of you. But the idea that someone in San Diego was not only reading my site back in March, but also thought enough of me to forward along that picture all these months later, really does mean more than any of you will ever know.
On a different note, Steve will be entering this picture into a contest for the "Ultimate Man-Cave," in the coming months. And when he does, I expect all of you to help him by voting.
So again, thanks to Steve for forwarding along the picture, and as always a big thanks to everyone for checking out this website. Your support means more than any of you know.