Happy Thanksgiving, Denizens. I spent some time earlier today thinking about this site, especially the difference it has made in so many peoples' lives, and I wanted to reflect on that a little more openly. For an outsider, that would probably seem lofty -- it's just a blog, after all -- but this place is unique.
That uniqueness is almost entirely John Arguello's footprint, and even months after his passing, it's still daunting to think about attempting to carry on in a way that comes even marginally close to the work that he did. Collectively, we hope to do that, but as we have seen already, it's not a perfect transition. I'm incredibly thankful for the years of work that John did to make Cubs Den what it is, and I'm also still blown away that, two years ago, he let me join his team here.
I'm a small piece of the puzzle, so I'm especially thankful for the group of writers who tirelessly devote their time to following baseball, this team, and to carefully producing content for a blog that has always thrived on the simplicity of good writing and a love for the Cubs. For Mike (dabynsky), for leading the recap team and being far wiser than he lets on, Myles, for injecting his own flavor into the recaps and for taking the lead on the podcast, Dan, for monitoring the goings-on around the league and faithfully laying it all out for us, Sean Atchley, for stepping up and coming out of retirement last summer when we badly needed it, Sean Holland, for his willingness to do whatever he is asked and for his admirable devotion to this site, Sam Fels, for so consistently giving us food for thought on Sundays, Tom U for his attention to the minor leagues and keeping us attuned to what's going on through the fall and winter, Stephanie for arranging interviews with prospects in the system and giving us a window into their humanity, and Michael for carrying on the part of this site that I think was most important to John: the daily coverage of the farm system.
The other side of all of that, of course, is all of you. The readers who come here every day. You are such a rarity, and we plan to keep preserving that. I'm incredibly thankful for the people who read and interact with what we write here, and who nearly always avoid the ugliness in the comments section that is such an easy trap anywhere else. John fostered the community here in the early years, but you adopted it.
We will continue, as best as we can, to be what Cubs Den has always been; like the backfields in Mesa, Arizona that John loved so much, it's free of the frills and dazzle that draw the eye away from the simple beauty of what's happening on the field. Thank you, readers, for being such a large part of what has made Cubs Den great. I'm excited to continue the work.
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