Five Years in the Blogosphere

Normally I’m not one to celebrate anniversaries of  the digital kind, but I think this one is somewhat warranted. Incredibly, this week marks the fifth anniversary of The Blue Jay Hunter.

In a roundabout way, I have Alex Rodriguez to thank for somewhat inspiring me to start this blog. He may be one of the most despised baseball players in the league, but if it weren’t for him, the Blue Jay Hunter may never have gotten off the ground.

If you look back at the very first post on August 9th 2007, you’ll notice it was following a game in which Josh Towers plunked Alex Rodriguez in retaliation for the “ha incident” earlier in the season. And the rest as they say, is history.

As you can tell, the early posts might not have been the most reasonable and rationale pieces of writing. But after five years and over 1,200 posts, I really feel like I’ve grown with this blog and discovered my own voice … and actually learned how to use Photoshop.

There are a few folks I’d like to thank for helping contribute and inspire this blog in one form or another. Stoeten from DJF, Parkes, Drew from the late Ghostrunner on First and currently Getting Blanked, the ever wise Tao of Stieb, Navin, and of course … Dave.

I remember when Dave first emailed me in 2008 and told me he linked BJH to his Go Jays Go Tumble Blog, I was flabbergasted. It just blew my mind that somebody else out there deemed by piddly little blog worthy of being linked on their page.

For the longest time, I treated the Blue Jay Hunter as if it were my own little corner of the internet to vent about the Blue Jays. Five years later, I’m still shocked that people take the time to visit my little corner of the blogosphere.

And thank you all for reading and joining me on this crazy journey through Blue Jays Land these past five years. And of course, thanks A-Rod. But trust me when I say you’ll never hear me say that ever again.

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.


  1. DJaysM

    August 6, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Congratulations on 5yrs. Keep em coming!

  2. Roberto

    August 6, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Good stuff – congratulations, Ian! I've enjoyed reading BJH for a long time.

    And now I feel bad for not saying this sooner – but, my belated thanks for the link! (better late than never I hope…)


  3. Nav

    August 6, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    Happy anniversary, Ian. Cheers.

  4. pumpedupjays

    August 7, 2012 - 1:20 am

    Congrats Ian! Your blog is one of many that have also inspired me to start my own.

  5. Jeremy

    August 7, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    Congrats Ian. Looking forward to several more years!

  6. Ian - BJH

    August 8, 2012 - 1:45 am

    Thanks very much for all the kind words, guys! Its hard to believe its been 5 years. So many great Blue Jays moments over the years and hopefully many more to come!

  7. DD

    August 8, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Congrats Ian!

  8. Brainojack

    August 8, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    I forgot that Josh Towers did something good while he was here

    1. Ian - BJH

      August 8, 2012 - 11:25 pm

      Yes, Gibbons relied on him to be a headhunter that game, and he indeed delivered!

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