If you’ve been around from the beginning (you probably haven’t), you may have read the very first post I made to this blog on March 14, 2005. That was ten years ago. Here’s a quick, incomplete list of things that have happened since then:
- Bud Selig stays commissioner until 2015, is replaced by Rob Manfred
- Expos move (are bought-contracted-expanded) to Washington, DC
- Six new ballparks open throughout MLB (in St. Louis, DC, New York twice, Minneapolis, and Miami)
- Levi’s Stadium developed and opened
- Warriors get new ownership, declare intent to move to SF, buy land for arena
- AEG moves SJ Earthquakes to Houston. Team is reborn in 2008, has stadium built for 2015 season
- A’s propose ballparks at sites in Oakland, Fremont, and San Jose – none are successful
- Oakland is on its fourth mayor since the blog started
That same day I posted about the A’s potentially building a ballpark south of the existing Coliseum. Pending what happens with Coliseum City, we may be talking about that very same possibility in the future. Weird how things might come full circle, eh?
As we wait for good news on the stadium front, I have some good news of my own. A couple years ago I asked for donations for the site to keep it running. Many of you responded very generously. which helped keep the site and my continuing work going. This site is a labor of love, so I haven’t asked for donations much (twice to my recollection). Back in 2013, I promised those of you who donated that I’d provide a sort of digest of previous posts. I tried many times to compile and curate that digest, but over time I’ve learned that I am a much worse editor than I am a writer (which is already rather questionable). Everything read like filler, not moving the narrative forward. I put that aside for a while and swore to get back to it. It wasn’t until earlier this year, when I put together the timeline feature, that it all came together. I was able to put together all the necessary posts, with additional context inserted where necessary. So I’m proud to announce that I have that “book” ready. The download link is below. Those of you who previously donated have already gotten the link via email. Please take a look at it and provide feedback if you like. If you donated and haven’t gotten the book, send me a note/tweet and I’ll make sure to take care of you. And if you have already donated, you don’t need to do anything else, but if you want to donate again I won’t stop you.
I’ve titled the book:
A Decade of Running in Place: A Digest of Selected Blog Posts from the First Ten Years of Newballpark.org
Book download link (Scribd, PDF)
I’ve poured over a million words, 10,000+ hours, and my entire heart and soul into this site. The A’s getting a new ballpark has been a dream of mine since high school, when I first saw drawings of New Comiskey Park and Camden Yards. I don’t expect anyone to have the same kind of obsession with this topic that I have. I figure that I’ll be the obsessive so that you don’t have to be. Thousands of people read this site every day. About 2% of them have donated. If you value the work here and the process, please consider donating. $10 would be great.
The book weighs in at 210,000 words and 664 pages in PDF format. It’s entirely in chronological order. There are what appear to be section or chapter markers. Those are points at which I think the scene shifts. They aren’t meant to encapsulate the story.
Editing and pagination are rough, mostly having to do with the transition from web to print-ready format. I’d like to take the time to give it a whirl in InDesign, with the ultimate goal of making printed copies. A donated of $25 or more would get the ball rolling.
Since this is the 10th anniversary, I’ve started thinking of other things to commemorate this milestone. What do you folks think? T-shirts? Caps? Stickers and decals? Should I do a crowdfunding campaign? I’m all ears at this point. Some of you readers are creatives of different stripes. Send me your suggestions.
Finally, many thinks to all the readers over the years. I’ve met and become friends with many of you. We’ve broken bread, gotten beers, talked plenty of things besides an A’s ballpark. It’s been a pleasure. It will continue until the day that this blog is no longer necessary. After all this time I still hope. I think many of you do too. It’s what binds us. I don’t know how much longer it will take for the A’s to get a new home. Another 10 years? 10 months? However long it takes, I’ll be here for the ride. I hope you enjoy appreciate it as much as I do.
P.S. – Special thanks to Susan Slusser, who suggested the timeline a couple months ago while working on her own A’s history book (due this summer and highly anticipated). Without that I never would’ve gotten properly organized.
P.P.S. – This is not “the book” that I’ve been talking about writing. That book is still very much in progress.
Hey RM, I’ve been around before the beginning ;). If we’ve come “full circle” by now talking again about Coli ballpark, well, we’re still traveling along that circle…the journey hasn’t stopped! (if you know what I mean) As someone who made the donation I thank you for all the hard work, but I’m personally going to wait for THEE book RM.
good work the past decade, can’t believe it’s been this long and still not even signs of a new a’s park anytime soon.
as many have noted you should write a book on this process from the beginning until opening day in whatever new park the a’s play hopefully somewhere in the bay area.
oh yeah f*** you selig, the midgets, and go a’s.
Thanks for all you do.
Think I started reading in 2006 when Fremont was a thing. I don’t even remember how I found the blog but I’m glad I did.
I’ve checked your blog and twitter nearly every day since. Definitely made sure to donate this time around.
Thanks for keeping us informed on something all A’s fans care about so deeply.
Thanks for all your hard work, ML. Clearly there’s a lot of us addicted to this blog.
Vincent Frank @VincentFrankNFL
Joe Lacob (Warriors owners) just said they’d have interest in buying the A’s.
I’m interested in buying the A’s to!!! (means exactly as much as Lacob saying he wants to buy the team…yawn!)
LW needs to announce public ally that he and Fisher want to buy the W’s- Wonder how much Dougie B kisses his ass each time he says it- while Dougie B is hard at work moving the W’s out of Oakland
This is one of the most thoughtful, informed and informative sports blogs around. Thanks for all the hard work.