For the record, I do not sport a beard nearly this epic any longer.
I want to start out by saying thank you. First, to Russ and Rox Girl who hired me on at first for my once-a-week column. It's been awesome to take the time to learn and share what I've learned about baseball analysis and have a forum with which to share it.
I want to say thank you to the commenters, who've made Purple Row more than just a website where I talk baseball, but a community where I can share jokes, friendships, and generally waste the time that I could spend, you know, being productive or something.
I want to say that it's an honor to be selected as the new lead on Purple Row. This site, as Russ put it so eloquently on Friday, has grown from being a small niche website to something much bigger, to a respected site that has gained attention from the Rockies front office as well as local media sources. It's an exciting time to be a part of the sports media.
That being said, going forward, I want to let you all know of my goals in running Purple Row:
My first and foremost goal for this website is to maintain the high standard of quality that we strive for. We still plan on having the number of articles we've become accustomed to during the season: Daily Rockpiles, Daily Pebble Reports, Game Threads, Game Wraps. Additionally, we'll still be seeing the Know Your Foe and NL West Report features regularly.
Ultimately, the quality of coverage that Purple Row maintains is the reason we even have the website. It is my commitment that myself as well as the Purple Row staff continue to put forth the best Rockies coverage and analysis available.
My second goal with the website is to expand our base of coverage. Russ has learned a lot in his short time thus far running SB Nation Denver, and it's my hope that he'll be able to pass some of this knowledge onto myself and the Purple Row staff so that we will be able to reach more baseball fans with our excellent coverage of the Colorado Rockies.
Thirdly, I want to see what new areas of coverage we can expand Purple Row into. Rowbot Radio is an excellent start in this direction, and I will most certainly be interested in exploring what other avenues we can head down in this regard.
To conclude, I want to thank you all for your support in this transition. Purple Row is an excellent website with a dedicated community that brings new people in and makes it so they never want to leave. It's my hope that this never changes. Expect to see Purple Row continue to be the best resource on the Internet for Colorado Rockies baseball, and for our growth to make us a premier member of SBNation.
Thank you all again, and here's hoping for an exciting offseason for Purple Row and for the Colorado Rockies!