Greetings and salutations, ladies and gents! It's been awhile (like maybe last season) since I did a Fanpost. In part this is due to busier times, but in larger part it's due to my having nothing vital to say that couldn't be said in the comments. As we head into Opening Day, now is probably a good time for anybody who is interested to share something about themselves that they are comfortable with. We can herd some introductions into this thread so that people will have at least a little bit of an idea of who they are dealing with. Hopefully, this will be a good place for some of the newbs to feel a little bit more welcome and get some of the inside jokes. Also, I'm always interested in drawing the lurkers outside of their caves, even if it's just for one comment. Please rec this if you think it's worthy of long term value.
A few questions to spark your minds and a couple of thoughts on Federal Baseball after the jump:
Some questions to spark your minds: Here are some things that you may want to speak on. How did you come to love baseball? How did you come to root for the Nationals? How does baseball intersect with your real lives and loved ones? Any books, people, or other stuff that helped you connect with baseball? How did you stumble, wander, or walk into the Federal Baseball community? Any history with Federal Baseball that we should know about? Other interests that you're looking to explore or share with people in the community outside of baseball?
On the Federal Baseball Community: One of the more powerful things about Federal Baseball is that it really does feel like a safe and accessible community to follow baseball in DC. We aren't as crass or "barroom profanity" as some of the other sites around here. We encourage some of the hardcore old school people (I'm looking at you whupass!) and some of the folks used to typing first and thinking a little care later to be patient with our PG ways. When I first came to Federal Baseball, I had spent a lot of time at the Caps site, Japers' Rink, and felt that some of our personality limited growth. Over time, I've come to realize that it's just the character of Patrick and the nature of the game that makes us the PG, nerdy, old school, family vibe that we are. You gals and guys have helped me to enjoy and celebrate some of my happiest moments in baseball over the last year plus, to bring me closer to understanding the game, and to provide a constant source of joy during some of the tough times in my personal life. I'll put more of my story in the comments with everybody else.