Back in high school, a friend who had tired of writing HAGS in everyone's yearbook came up with a new tactic. He would write that he had been listening to "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin and it reminded him how thankful he was for your (or whomever's) friendship. Yada yada. This was mostly carried out in the yearbooks of female classmates, I should point out, but it was a clever (at the time) divergence from the usual impersonal piffle we would inscribe to anyone who asked.
I'm reminded of this story as I try to wrap up the 2010 season. This was the sixth Mets season we've covered at Amazin' Avenue and, while it was a bit of a dud for the Mets, it was by far the most successful for us. Traffic is up dramatically and community involvement -- in the comments, FanPosts, and FanShots -- has been amazing. Huge props go to the crew here at AA, who are not only fantastic writers, but they're funny and clever and I'm proud to count them all among my friends. Clubhouse chemistry is a non-issue here and grission is through the roof.
But the biggest thanks of all go to everyone who stopped by to read and contribute this season. While most of us would still do this if it were still just our families reading, it's exciting and humbling to know that an average of 5,000 or so people bellied up to the AA Saloon every day since the Mets took the field in early April. This is the best Mets community anywhere and we're all really proud to be a part of it. So, thank you.
As for the offseason, we'll have plenty of postmortem coverage of the Mets fourth-place finish, including what went right, what failed miserably, and everything in between. Some other sites might slow down over the winter but we'll have daily content here to carry you through the cold months (or warm months, depending on your particular geography). If you need to take a break from the Mets for a little bit, no worries, we'll be here when you're ready to reenter the fray.
We plan on starting up our sabermetrics primer series in short order, and who knows? Maybe we'll even dust off the Top 50 Mets series and give that a jumpstart. We'll be covering the hot stove as we always have, and we'll likely run another Amazin' Avenue Offseason Plan Contest, among other things to fill the long weeks and months between now and spring training.
Later this week I'll post a wrap-up of the Amazin' Avenue Charity Drive, which raised more than $2,000 for CARE on the strength of 161 David Wright strikeouts. I'll send follow-up e-mails to everyone who pledged a donation to make sure they follow through. Lemons into lemonade, or so the story goes.
Again, thanks to everyone who made Amazin' Avenue a big success in 2010, and we all look forward to bigger and better things to come.