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Mike SteffanosTuesday, October 23, 2007
By Mike Steffanos


As regular readers know, it's been a very busy year for me and I haven't had as much time as I would wish to keep up this blog. Plus, I found myself in a position of major burn out, which the Mets' at times uninspired play did nothing to alleviate. To be honest with you, I've been giving some serious thought these past few weeks to hanging this up.

I've decided that I'm still enjoying this enough to keep it going. I certainly won't be able to post every day, as I did until things got really hectic this summer, but I'll still be posting a few times a week.

I spent time today finally catching up on all of the email backed up to the end of the season. Tomorrow I'll be back with a post.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (7)

Hi Mike. Just a quick note to encourage you to keep the blogs coming, even if it's for a couple of days a week. I have been a huge Mets fan since 1967 and I have a hard time reading the comments on the message board and find that I enjoy reading your blogs since you are the voice of reason. I find myself agreeing with you most of the time and look forward to reading your post even after a loss. I wish I could say that about the people that post on the Mets message board on Mets.com.

I totally agree with you regarding the uninspired play of the team this year and found them very difficult to watch. I hope that Minaya can retool the team and the players who return next year can turn it up a notch.

Thanks again for the good work.

Ed

Mike, glad to hear that you've decided to hang in there. I can certainly understand how tough it must be to find the time to keep the blog going, but I want to add my voice to those who enjoy your thoughts and ideas. Hopefully, things will begin to quiet down for you and allow you more time to write about our favorite team.

HI Mike, you got to overcome and finish the race, there is to much yet to be done, we got to have a finger on the pulse as the Mets fill in some of the holes on this Met team, we need this blog to keep in touch with the true Met fans and their comments, thats what kept us off the roof when thinks were going so bad we had each other to hang on to. this blog helped me get through some real rough times, just talking about our Mets and I can't thank you and our Met blogers enough for that real fellowship that developed. We can't stop that now,we have come to far and the best is yet to come. They keep on telling me I have to learn how to rest and take a break.I pass that on to you. Rest and take a break ,but keep on going, we can do this together.I think we are all in a hangover stage and can't snap out of it. Spring training will be our fix and we will be G.M.'S again real soon we need you and this blog to help make the right moves. So hang in there,Big guy.

Ed - I've never been accused of being the voice of reason before, but I appreciate it. Thanks with the kind words, and we're agreed on hoping next year's club is hungrier to win.
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George - Thanks. I always enjoy your comments, too.
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Al - I'm not really hung over from the season so much as tired from spreading myself a little too thin since we bought the house this spring. I think I figured things out enough to keep this thing going, however.

Mike, I thought I'd add my two cents and tell you I hope you keep blogging, at whatever frequency you can handle. You have an excellent blog with all the analysis and stats, and contributions from others especially Barry and Joyce.

After watching the Rockies, D-backs and Indians finish so well this year with young players, I still feel the Mets have the makings of a dynasty with players like Wright Reyes Gomez Gotay Milledge and Martinez. Pelfrey now has a major league season under his belt and Perez and Maine just keep getting better. Omar has learned from the Bannister and Bell deals and Randolph is a man of character. He will become a great manager.

The Mets will be back to avenge the Phillies fluke of '07.

Plain and simple, we can't and wouldn't have Mike's Mets without you, Mike. Obviously you are thought of as aknowledgable man whose opinion and insight is very much valued. I stumbled on to your site in 2006 and have been coming back for more ever since. You have great reads , good information and stats, and you allow us to vent all at the same time. I know your busy but we value your input and want you to continue blogging, it is not only a great Mets site, but a place where we all feel comfortable conversating, trading ideas, laughing, and gaining baseball knowledge. It would be understandable, but a shame at the same time if you just left it(us)altogether. Besides we still have to get the Rev up and stable for next season, Joyce needs to vent, and NostraD makes great commentary. You take your days as needed, cause I know you need to take care of home and the bills, but make sure you come back when you can.

Mark - I'm not sure about the word "avenge", as they only really had themselves to blame. I agree with most of what you say here, though.
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L.J. - I'm not going anywhere for the foreseeable future. I actually hope to get back to blogging more regularly this winter.

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