Just look at the above screenshot from Feb. 1, 2010, the day Nats Insider launched. Who could have imagined then what would transpire over the next 730 days?
That morning, in my first post on the site, I speculated what the Nationals' Opening Day lineup might look like: Nyjer Morgan, Orlando Hudson, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Elijah Dukes, Ivan Rodriguez, Cristian Guzman. My projected Opening Day rotation: John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Scott Olsen, Miguel Batista and either Ross Detwiler or Craig Stammen.
(Uh, will anyone grant me a mulligan for that?)
The Nationals have certainly come a long way since then, and so has Nats Insider. What began as an independent blog seeking to offer some insight into a struggling franchise turned into something I never expected. Two years later, the site is owned by a major television network, and the audience continues to grow.
Nats Insider has been accessed from 174 countries, from Taiwan to France, from Belarus to Burkina Faso. (Still waiting for that first click from Turkmenistan, though.)
Articles have been linked from more than 1,500 sources, from the Washington Post to USA Today, from MLBTradeRumors.com to Deadspin.
And the comment threads ... well, they keep getting longer and longer.
For all of that, I offer my profound thanks to everyone who has made this site successful. This endeavor would never have amounted to anything if not for you, the most dedicated and loyal readership a journalist could ever hope to serve.
Whether you've been here since Day 1, or whether you just stumbled in on Day 729, thanks for joining us on this remarkable ride.
These past two years have been easily the most enjoyable and most rewarding of my professional life. And I can't wait to embark on year three of this unexpected adventure.