Hey everyone. Normally I don’t just put up a post on the site in such a relaxed manner, but I wanted to just share a bit of what is on my mind.

When I started the site back in 2003, I did it with nothing more in mind than a place to post about my thoughts with the hopes that maybe I could convince a couple friends to read on occasions. Since then, over the past nine years (goodness that’s a long time), I’ve had times where I’ve wanted to quit and pack it up and times when I’ve wanted to continue to grow even more. Recently I took the time to compile a survey to ask how we were doing. We had a great response to the survey and as a way of saying thank you, I wanted to do two things.

One is to just take a minute to appreciate all the people we have here. Over the years, we’ve had a great group of people who have taken time out of their schedule to help me bring great content each and every day. The sheer amount of content we crank out on a consistent basis never ceases to amaze me. I owe everything in terms of this site’s success to every writer that has taken the time to contribute. I can’t say thank you enough. In particular, a great big thank you to Liz and Jeremiah for always being available to give great feedback when I have things I’m thinking about when it comes to the site. They are so valuable to me behind the scenes.

Second, and most importantly, a thank you to every person that has read this site. So many times I ask myself why anyone would care what I have to say and I’m humbled by that fact on a very regular basis. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that people value my opinion. What gets lost is how much I appreciate the readers and especially the people who comment on the posts. We can look at trackers to monitor site traffic, but nothing is a better indicator than feedback from the reader. I value that so much and appreciate those who take the time to provide it. We’ve developed quite a community here and I’d like to think that will only continue to grow. Heck, any group that can accept the constant bickering of Stats vs Scouts and the very odd rants by Caps is alright by me. Thanks for making the site fun to do.

Finally, as a way of saying thanks to those who participated, I’d like to let you know that five people have been randomly selected to receive a great prize.

A+E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions has been so kind in providing copies of The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs.

If you didn’t win the competition, and you would know by now if you did, please take the opportunity to consider purchasing the DVD set for you or a friend. It’s $35 and well worth the money. It even have radio play by play.

Thanks again for all you guys do to make this fun. Maybe next year the Cubs will do something to make it fun as well.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail