Tuesday, March 07, 2006

For those of you looking for the tribute to Kirby, it's below this one. You can also click here.
For the rest of you, time for a mailbag. These are actual letters from my readers. Except for those that I made up.

Ummm….didn’t you break up with me?

[Shiver.] Is it morning already? I remember deciding that we’d do a shot every time the bride and groom kissed, and I vaguely remember dancing to Careless Whisper, but I’m having trouble piecing things together after that. How did we end up at your place? And, ummm, how ya been? Good to see you again.

Should we be joking at a time like this? Should you be writing?

Absolutely not. If there is one thing that Kirby would not approve of, it’s jocularity in the face of tragedy. Or doing something you love when it is hardest.

So, the site is back?

Kinda. It’s not going to be TwinsTerritory.com, because for now it’ll just be me. And it’s really not going to be the old TwinsGeek.com, with a column length entry every day. It’s going to be a little more “bloggy” than in the past, with shorter takes, immediate reactions, snippets of longer stories and probably more non-baseball/family stuff than I’ve written about in the past.

Why is it going to be different?

Most of the column length baseball stuff is going to be done someplace else, and I’m not ready to tell you about that yet. Gimme a week, or at least a couple of days. I’m very excited about it – excited enough to get the site back up, which was nearly unthinkable just three weeks ago. And I’m not just excited for me. I’m excited for Twins baseball writers (and especially bloggers) overall. I’m giddy. Stay tuned.

Weren’t you supposed to email me or something when the site was back up?

I still will, but it wasn’t supposed to be back up yet. I was trying to work on it quietly until I figured out exactly how it was going to work. Then Kirby had his stroke, and there’s just no way you don’t write about that. I figured I'd be safe, since nobody knew it was really here. Then I visited the StarTribune.com’s Kirby page and saw a link to it.

For the record, I’m not very happy with that story. The five months of rust really show. I spent 36 hours struggling with what to write, hoping it would finish or at least capture the grieving process a bit. I kicked myself the whole next morning about what I should’ve said. That was the start of the grieving process, not the end. I think I’m going to take another stab at it soon, but it probably won’t be here.

Is The Addition™ done?

Depends on whom you ask. I say yes. The Voice of Reason™ says no. But it’s awfully close.

So I should stop back tomorrow for more Twins talk?

Probably. No promises – I really am trying to figure out what this site will be, and what I can handle. Or if there’s anything worth writing other than more about Kirby. We’ll see. But I sure hope you stop by and find out.


Batgirl said...

It's nice to see you again, Mr. Geek.

Nick N. said...

Glad to see you back TG, in whatever capacity that may be. Things haven't been quite the same without you.

NPTwinsMiami said...

Hey John,

Welcome back! Missed you...and missing you down here in Fort Myers. That spring with you and Cory was a blast! We are here all of March...but today's going to be a pretty hard game to handle....

twinsjan said...

Happy to see you back where you belong.

SBG said...

Tiiiiiime was on our side, yes it was! You came running back, you came running back, you came running back, to us! Look forward to reading you again.

Lichty said...

Huzzah. Welcome Kinda Back!

armadillo44 said...

Welcome back. I never did remove your bookmark from my browser and have continued checking it every now and then. Guess I must have somehow known that this day would come.

bubblemint said...

I clicked on this link yesterday, hoping against hope that maybe it would work and I would find something here from you John.

I wanted to comment then, but my system was not allowing it for some strange reason.

I'm glad to see you back too.

We've missed you!!

bubblemint said...

I clicked on my Twinsgeek link yesterday afternoon hoping I would find something from you.

I was very pleased to find your loving tribute to Kirby.

I don't think the comment option was working, but I'm glad it is now.

Glad to see you back John. We've missed you.

Bloody P said...

Welcome back, yo.

I can't wait to read your new material. The "bloggier" the better!

Former Baseball Boy

John Sharkey said...

Wouldn't be a season without you.

nodakfarmboy said...

In a time of sadness, a bit of joy enters the life of this Twins fan, knowing that the Geek is back. Good luck with it John. We've missed you.

JimCrikket said...

Good to see you back, just sorry about the circumstances surrounding the timing of your return.

And don't be so hard on yourself, your Kirby comments were very good, imho.

People like you and BG and others who have a certain talent with the written word are all managing to put in to words the thoughts and feelings of so many of the rest of us.

Thank you.


NY-Brian said...

WB, dude.

SoCalTwinsfan said...

Great to see you back blogging. You've always been my favorite blogger. Love the logo and how it takes off the Twins' logo.

MKB said...

Boy, it's 10:30 at night here in Tokyo, and I'm still depressed about Kirby and all -- and then I see the TwinsGeek link is back up on Batgirl's website and so I click it -- and find that you're back! First piece of good news in a really awful week -- thank you, and welcome back.

Boof said...

Wow it's like Jordan coming back to the NBA...the second time.

Good to see ya back John!

Carter Hayes said...


Great to have you back, whatever the format or capacity.


msquared47 said...

Hey John, I was flying back from Florida last night thinking of the Twins games I was at which got me thinking about your site. I signed on just to see if anything was going on.....so welcome back! Whatever writing you do will be great to read!