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So, I’ve been doing this for a year now

Nov 29, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

Working at home

While HBT launched in April 2009, I think of today as being a bit more significant, anniversary-wise. That’s because today marks one year since I ditched the legal gig and started blogging here full time.

In some ways this year has flown by. It has certainly gone by quicker than any of my years working in the shyster business.  But by other measures, it seems like I started a million years ago. For example: on that first day of full time work one of my posts discussed whether Roy Halladay was worth risking valuable young arms like Joba Chamberlain in a potential trade. Another one celebrated Derek Jeter being named SI’s Sportsman of the Year.

Times change.

Anyway, no point to this other than to say thank you to the millions of readers who have made this blog a success. You and your clicks have allowed me to do what I always wanted to do with my life: sit in my pajamas until noon, shave sparingly and avoid genuine human interaction as much as possible.

Oh, and the writing about sports thing is nice too.


(The pic comes from this cartoon from The Oatmeal which perfectly captures the pros and cons of working at home. NSFW language, however, so beware)

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 29, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    My bookmark to this site is still “Circling the bases” Which I prefer, and refuse to change because it has a better ring to it. To me anyway…
    Or maybe it’s like that pair of boxers I refuse to throw away, even though the crotch is worn to a transparent state, and there are a few holes here and there? They are afterall the most comfortable drawers in existence… Is that a “man thing” btw? Or is it just a “me thing” ?

    HBT, congrats, and thanks….

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 29, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    There are few people happier for your success than I, Craig.


  3. BC - Nov 29, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    It’s been a fun year. Keep up the good work, Craig.
    PS. I gave up my regimen for Lent a few years ago. Never got it back.

  4. wihalofan - Nov 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Congratulations Craig! You’re my hero.

  5. Lukehart80 - Nov 29, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    What do you call one lawyer chained to the computer in his mother’s basement???

    Congratulations, Craig. I’d call you lucky, but you’ve clearly worked hard to make your own luck; you deserve the dream job. I look forward to year two, when you gain confidence in never having to return to the surface, and really let yourself go.

  6. Utley's Hair - Nov 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    So what does you’re basement captive Tiffany have to say about you peeing yourself all day?

    Congratulations, Craig. I look forward to wasting precious work hours every day on this blog with you and Tiffany—but seriously, just Tiffany. By the way, where is she? Cheating on you with Stroup, Florio and Rosenthal?

    • Old Gator - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

      Boxing Tiffany?

  7. Panda Claus - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    I discovered this site because of PFT moving under the NBC umbrella, where I happily found you. Love how you’re on top of everything, adding in the appropriate sarcasm or humor when necessary.

    Congrats on the one-year date.

  8. apbaguy - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    On behalf of us Shysterballers from waaayyy back, congrats Craig, and you’re young enough for us to look forward to at least 40 years more of this. That’s our expectation, minimum. So lay in that supply of Makers Mark now, and enjoy, because we surely do.

  9. scatterbrian - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Cheers Craig! And thank you.

  10. Jack Marshall - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    A great year it was, Craig. Stay happy.

  11. Old Gator - Nov 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    The reason the year flew by is because you were actually working for a living.

    And I still prefer “Circling the Bases.”

  12. daninkatonah - Nov 29, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Haven’t ditched the legal gig, but going in-house has made it much more palatable (no billable hours). Congrats on your first year of living the dream!

  13. oldtimefamilybaseball - Nov 29, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Thanks for forcing me to sit in front of the computer for hours a day reading your posts. Congrats, Craig!

  14. mtner77 - Nov 30, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    As someone who has only been here half a year, I just want to say congrats. You do a great job and this is by far the nationwide MLB site on the web.

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