I took a bit of a break from posting to reflect on whether or not I wanted to continue contributing here. I just wanted to share some thoughts about my place here and the past and moving forward.
When I first joined SoSH, I thought that this was one of the most unique places on the internet. People were discussing the Red Sox, baseball, and sports in general at a level I hadn’t seen anywhere else. I wanted to be a part of that, even if I couldn’t contribute directly to high level statistical conversation, I wanted to learn and be a better sports fan.
These yearly threads are the tiny corner of SoSH that myself and the other guys that post here regularly have carved out for ourselves on this board.
I’m sure many have asked, or questioned, “why don’t you just post on a Dolphins message board?” The simple answer is because they suck compared to this place. The longer answer is because I am a Sox fan, a life long New England resident, and I do still read the main board posts regularly, even though I don’t contribute there nearly as much as I do here.
The Parker thread was a bit of an inflection point for me. I didn’t feel that I was out of line posting in there, as it was directly related to Miami, nor did I feel like I really said anything out of line, just some division rival banter. That’s when I started to realize that people either really don’t like me, or really don’t like me straying from my designated thread.
My intention never was to develop a reputation as a troll. Or ‘The Troll ™.’ My actions in the past are what they are. I’m not looking to rewrite history, or pretend that I haven’t been out of line at times, or looking for sympathy or trying to play the victim.
Moving forward, I’ll be staying out of the game threads. I was always under the impression that it’s a neutral ground for both sides to comment on the game in real-time, however I’d rather post in here in order to maintain the peace.
I’ve chosen to stay here because I still think this is a special place. I joined SoSH as a literal teenager and I’m now a husband and a father. I’ve grown tremendously in my real life outside of this place, and this is my attempt at growth within this place.