When John Calipari took over the UMass Basketball program in 1988 he said he wanted to “Create a love affair with the community and their basketball team.” Many people thought he was nuts. Afterall, he was essentially starting from scratch.
Seven years later, Calipari took UMass from a start-up to one of the best basketball teams in the country.
I reference this because exactly one year ago today, The Ghost of Moonlight Graham was launched. My goal was to create a love affair between the baseball community and the site.
The UMass Basketball program wasn’t built in a day and neither was The Ghost of Moonlight Graham, but the strides that were made in the first year can not be understated.
In one year, The Ghost of Moonlight Graham:
Has appeared on MLBTradeRumors.com eight times.
Has appeared on FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com, and Rob Neyer’s SweetSpot on ESPN.com.
Has written 584 articles in 365 days.
Is currently the No.1 baseball writer for BleacherReport.com.
Ranks 149 in the baseball category on BallHype.com. I started out over number 500.
Has appeared on the Frankie The Sports Guy show on WGBB 1240 AM New York. Great experience.
Is a member of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance.
Has had site traffic increase 10 out of the 12 months this year.
The last fact is the fact I am most proud of. A site is nothing if people aren’t clicking on it.
Whether you have agreed with what I said or completely disagreed, I would just like to thank everyone who has stopped by to say hello over the last year.
I plan on making 2010 even better. I am currently working on a re-design of the site, which will allow me to produce even more baseball content. I am also working on some business development deals as well.
Again, a big thank you to everyone for reading The Ghost of Moonlight Graham.
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