I’ve always been terrible with goodbyes
My job is to write about other people, never about myself. And perhaps that explains why I’m having such trouble getting started with this blog entry. But I’ll nonetheless do my best…
It has been nearly five years since I moved to Pittsburgh, a place that, at the time, I knew little about. The word Yinzer was entirely foreign to me, as was the idea that people would willfully dress sandwiches and salads with French fries. I spent those first weeks making a habit of getting lost – those bridges and tunnels got me every time (actually some of them still do) – and engrossing myself in Pirates information past and present.
It didn’t take long before the emails began flooding in from all of you. Some were much-appreciated notes welcoming me to town. Others were laced with skepticism, questioning whether I’d be able to come in and provide the detailed and comprehensive coverage that you had come to expect. I read them all. I took them all to heart, too.
I set out to serve you as best I could – such is the task of any journalist. And over the past five years, I hope I have at least come close to your expectations.
All this brings me to the reason for this entry, which is to let you know that I will be leaving the Pirates beat in a few weeks. The decision to leave Pittsburgh did not come easily, nor was I actively looking for another opportunity.
But for those who have read this blog or followed me on Twitter, you know very well of my connections to Missouri. It was my home before I came to Pittsburgh; it is where I graduated college. I couldn’t pass up the chance to go back and take on a new professional challenge.
I have accepted a move to St. Louis, where I will transition into the role of Cardinals beat writer for MLB.com. That move will be made sometime next month, but I wanted to alert you to the upcoming changes now.
My replacement – who I can promise you will be plenty capable to fill my shoes – will introduce himself to you after the first of the year. I hope that you will welcome him into town as you did me. And don’t you dare be shy in showing him what a tremendously passionate fan base he will be serving.
I would be remiss not to end this without thanking Pirates players, coaches, managers and front office members for your unwavering professionalism over the past five years. A particular note of gratitude goes out to Jim and Dan of the Pirates’ media relations staff, who did everything they could to make my life run a little more smoothly. To members in the Pittsburgh media, I count so many of you as friends, and I will truly miss working in the trenches alongside you.
A part of me will always be connected to Pittsburgh, and for that I’m thankful. My expectations of this city and the people were blown away, and I can only hope that someday I live in a place that I truly feel at home in as much as the one I am leaving.
Thank you. I’ll miss you. And don’t worry, by staying in the NL Central, I’m assured of coming back to visit 2-3 times each year.