(sings the theme from “Welcome Back, Kotter,” realizes she only knows one line).
Well, it’s been a while.
For those of you who are new to A League of Her Own (or LOHO, as we lovingly call her), let me try to explain. Waaaay back in 2006, blogs were all the rage, Twitter hadn’t yet been invented, and I was wearing on onion on my belt, as was the fashion at the time. SB Nation had just launched with six baseball blogs, and we were all hanging out over at the Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue.
Only we were constantly getting in trouble for something. Talking about things other than baseball. Our potty mouths. Hi-jacking threads to quote The Simpsons for 75 comments. And so, after a huge blow up with other readers of BCB, we took our ball and came here, to LOHO.
Remember, Twitter wasn’t around yet and Facebook was in its infancy. So this is where we hung out for games. And, as we had no access to the Cubs other than what came through our TVs, radios, and newspapers (paper copies!) we had to make our own fun. We had wacky nicknames for all the players. We had a slew of rally animals (rallymals) that we posted for good luck. We had game threads that went hundreds and hundreds of comments. We made our own fun. Ah, those were the halcyon days of sports blogging. I don’t think Crane will ever forgive me.
Eventually, life got busier. I changed careers. We all grew up, got real jobs, had kids. More demands were made on our time. Twitter siphoned off from the game threads. After 7 years of blogging day in, day out, it began to be more of a job than a hobby. Eventually, I got offered a real job in sports. That was the end of LOHO.
Many of us stayed in touch. Some of us still talk regularly on Twitter. I was overjoyed to re-connect with Oz this year via LinkedIn. Carl and Mark continue to loom large in my life. These days, I work for the Cubs’ flagship station, and I no longer need a blog to connect me, daily, to the team.
But as the Cubs get ready to make an historic playoff push, there is no one I’d rather experience it with than my old pals from LOHO. We lived through Ted Lilly slamming his glove on the mound, Jason Marquis being attacked by a flock of seagulls (not the band), and what we only refer to as “the unfortunate Neifi Perez incident.” Whatever happens this postseason, I want to experience it with you guys.
So for as long as the Cubs are alive in the postseason, LOHO will operate like it used to. We’re still going to post morning headlines and game threads, by design. We’re not going to try to modernize the blog, as we look at LOHO as a time capsule of a really great time in our lives, and we want it to continue to exist as it always was. We hope, for a little while at least, you’ll join us.