First, let me state that I do not troll, so this post is not intended to incite any anger or hatred. What caused me to join this site was the apparent blogging war between HH and PA which erupted yesterday. A link to your "Open Letter" was posted at HH on the front page. I had no idea any problem existed, so I read the HH thread in question, then read the "Open Letter". After reading the PA post, I decided to join PA with the intention of leaving a comment, but, of course, I had to wait the requisite 24 hours.
Since I had to wait anyway, I took the advice of the site and began reading many of the posts, comments, and even links to other blogging sites. I was becoming increasingly impressed. Lots of good information, interesting stories and well written posts.
Well, now that 24 hours have past, any irritation, grudge or even anger that the "Open Letter" may have inflamed in me has long passed, but I am left with an interest in remaining a member of PA. Now, don't get me wrong- I am a die-hard Angel fan and absolutely love booing Yankee players when they square off against my team, but it's just a sports rivalry thing, nothing more. And this site proves a theory I have about real baseball fans. Real baseball fans have more in common than they have differences. Real baseball fans, while fiercely loyal to their team, value and respect baseball played well and played right. I have no problem saying that I admire and respect Derek Jeter, however, I do not hesitate to say that I have neither admiration nor respect for Alex Rodriguez. And, yes, I do offer condolences on the loss of your team's owner and your team's announcer. This past year the Angels lost one of their broadcasters, Rory Markus, whom we all loved dearly, so there is some sincere empathy.
So, thank you for giving me a platform for airing my opinions, and I hope to God we meet up at the play-offs. Really.