In a roundabout way, I have Alex Rodriguez to thank for somewhat inspiring me to start this blog. He may be one of the most despised baseball players in the league, but if it weren't for him, the Blue Jay Hunter may never have gotten off the ground.
If you look back at the very first post on August 9th 2007, you'll notice it was following a game in which Josh Towers plunked Alex Rodriguez in retaliation for the "ha incident" earlier in the season. And the rest as they say, is history.
As you can tell, the early posts might not have been the most reasonable and rationale pieces of writing. But after five years and over 1,200 posts, I really feel like I've grown with this blog and discovered my own voice ... and actually learned how to use Photoshop.
There are a few folks I'd like to thank for helping contribute and inspire this blog in one form or another. Stoeten from DJF, Parkes, Drew from the late Ghostrunner on First and currently Getting Blanked, the ever wise Tao of Stieb, Navin, and of course ... Dave.
I remember when Dave first emailed me in 2008 and told me he linked BJH to his Go Jays Go Tumble Blog, I was flabbergasted. It just blew my mind that somebody else out there deemed by piddly little blog worthy of being linked on their page.
For the longest time, I treated the Blue Jay Hunter as if it were my own little corner of the internet to vent about the Blue Jays. Five years later, I'm still shocked that people take the time to visit my little corner of the blogosphere.
And thank you all for reading and joining me on this crazy journey through Blue Jays Land these past five years. And of course, thanks A-Rod. But trust me when I say you'll never hear me say that ever again.