A Letter To The Readers of The Nats Blog

On April 12, 2008 I sat in my Smith Hall dorm room at Ohio Wesleyan University and couldn’t have felt further from home. The Washington Nationals had just opened a brand new beautiful ballpark, and I was over 100 miles away from the closest baseball stadium of any kind. No fellow Nats fans were in sight, and even though it was the spring, all anyone would talk about was Ohio State football. I was an aspiring sports writer, but really all I wanted to do was talk. I wanted to connect with fellow fans, share my feelings and my thoughts on the Nationals, and at that lonely moment, I decided to start a blog.

That snap decision quickly turned into a hobby, which molded into a passion, and eventually became an obsession. The blog grew and grew and it gained more attention than I ever thought humanly possible. In the beginning I never thought that I would have my work featured on ESPN, Yahoo, NBC, Fox, or CBS Sports, but those mentions made the ride that much more fun.

My efforts with the site helped me gain multiple internships and eventually a full-time job in sports, which is more than I ever could have asked for. Now, after months of hard work, I have been given a tremendous opportunity within the sports media industry. While I can’t share just yet what that opportunity will be, you will shortly see very soon see what I will be up to. Unfortunately, as a result of this new endeavor, there is no way that I will be able to blog full time on here like I have in the past. It was not an easy decision to come to, but in order to keep The Nats Blog as strong as entity as possible, I had to make the move to step down as the main proprietor of the site.

The good news is we’ve brought on help. As you have probably read by now, Joe Drugan, the founder of Capitol Baseball, is coming on board as our new Managing Editor. He’ll be in charge of the everyday content strategy of the blog, and I’m really excited to see where he takes things. Ted Youngling will still stay on as an Associate Editor and keep you up to date on news around the league, and Capitol Baseball’s own “Mac” will provide content to the site as well.

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. The Nats Blog is my baby and I’ll be here, writing my thoughts, and keeping you up to date. The biggest change is that I will not be writing everyday any more, and will not be responsible for the majority of the site’s content. That will be Joe’s deal, and to be honest, I’m excited to see where he takes it.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has read the site throughout the years, and I hope you are as excited as I am for our bright future.


Will Yoder