I just wanted to take a moment to thank this community.
I realized the other day, that I had signed up for this site 8 years ago (Feb 27, 2013). In truth, I had lurked on the site for a long time prior to actually joining and starting to post, being an active member over on the Astros message boards back when they still existed.
As a lot of the members on here know, the site went through some extremely rocky times a few years ago with a transition in leadership due and a loss of a ton of writers, members, and site traffic. There was a time when I was worried that this “home” that I had found on the internet would suddenly dry up and disappear similar to how the Astros message boards did.
Five and a half years after joining this site, after I posted a long winded debate in the comments, Bilbos had encouraged me to write a fan post. I just looked and realized that was 2+ years and 250+ articles ago. The twitter account over the past few years grew from 10k followers to 15.3k (even after the drops from the scandal).
There’s been interesting ups and downs throughout that time, but I can’t compliment the community enough
I’ve had the chance to speak to some of the top coaches, players, front office members, scouts, etc in this game due to writing for this site, which is something I’d never thought would happen.
I’ve been “cursed” and basically every person I’ve written about in the organization gets involved in some scandal or the next outing the player I wrote about would get hurt or blown up etc.
The scandal was brutal (particularly on twitter) especially since it tested my own fandom and despite evidence otherwise, people reacted absurdly to anything related to the Astros.
The worst was when this site got political. We live in an extremely divided country right now, and it definitely spilled over onto this site. Commenters that had great conversations for nearly the decade I’ve been here, would only post ripping apart each others political views and the Astros weren’t even involved in most of the discussions. Both sides of the aisle berated TCB for silencing only their party - while we just tried to keep some control and a community intact. There are significant differences in viewpoints within the writers and we’d debate almost daily on what was acceptable, and the balance between keeping a community and avoiding shutting down discussions. There were a few times, I was going to quit because of how much I hated it, TCB was my escape from that craziness in the world. And while there’s quite a few people out there who will disagree with me, I can’t speak highly enough of the team that was moderating and keeping their cool.
I want to thank all of the posters who understood and helped us stop those discussions from derailing or disrupting this community any more than it did already.
More than that, I want to thank everyone on this site for nearly a decade of being a community that I’m glad to log in to and discuss Astros’ baseball with. I posted an article more than two years ago about why Crawfishboxes is home for me, and that hasn’t changed. The community here is by far the best part.
My baseball knowledge has increased exponentially since I started writing for this site. Part of that is from way too many hours researching things, but an even larger part was from the community. To the point I’ve actually received offers for consulting or full-time jobs.
This isn’t a retirement post or anything like that, I just realized how long this community has been a part of my life, and how appreciative I am of this community and the friendships forged here. I truly appreciate that this site continues to be a place that (generally) is this amazing family-like community where people can just join and talk about baseball and the Astros without drama.
I’m looking forward to 2021, moving past the scandal, and seeing the team continue to evolve. Thank you again to the community for a great 8 years, and hopefully many more to come.