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Hail, Hail the Gang’s All Here

This is what we want from sports, most of us, a remembrance of happy times and experience shared, warmth and kidding laughter, a marvelous sense of the importance of the unimportant.

Leonard Shecter

Bronx Banter is just a few weeks away from completing its sixth full season yet it feels as if we’re just getting warmed-up.  I am proud to bring the site to the SNY network of blogs.  Along with Steve Lombardi’s Was Watching, our inimitable take on all things Yankees, helps give SNY great Bronx Bomber coverage, soup to nuts. 

Much thanks to Steve Raab, Fred Harner, Matt Cerrone, John Keegan, and Ken Arneson for helping make this a smooth transition.  And the move should be seamless for you guys as well. 

You’ll notice the banner ads for SNY but otherwise, things are remarkably similiar to how they were at Toaster.  Just so you know, as part of our deal, I retain complete editorial control, so the content will not change because we’re affliated with SNY.  You will have to register for the comments section from scratch, an inconvenience I trust won’t be too much of a hassle.  The new Loggin button can be found on the top left-hand portion of the page.  I’ll keep reminding y’all as the week goes on.  (In the conversion from Toaster, we’ve lost the comments for all posts that took placed during the last week, however the older posts still contain comments).

When I stared this site back in November of 2002, I didn’t choose the title Bronx Banter randomly.  Sure, it had a nice ring to it, but if I had lived in Brooklyn at the time, I never would have used “Bronx” even if it was a Yankee blog. 

Banter is what this blog has always been about.  I’ve never thought that my opinion is the end all.  I’m no expert.  I’m an enthusiast.  I love initiating convesation, banter.  That’s what gets me going.  I learn as much from you guys in the comments section as I do from anywhere else. 

So, in addition to the usual Bronx Banter crew–Cliff Corcoran, Bruce Markusen, Will Weiss and Emma Span–Todd Drew, who writes the brilliant man-on-the-street blog, Yankees for Justice, is joining the team and will be posting on a regular basis.  Diane Firstman will also be on board, providing a daily one-stop-shop of Yankee links around the ‘Net.  I’m thrilled to have both of them jern the club, and honored to have such a strong group of writers working with me to bring you our own unique brand of Yankee coverage. 

The look of the site is in Beta form, and we’ll be tweaking things as we get our bearings during the winter months.  Bear with us as we get the hang of the new technology.  As always, I encourage you to give me your take on what you like and what you don’t like about the site.  The hope here is to make Bronx Banter bigger and better while remaining true to the spirit of intelligence, humor, empathy and curiosity that has marked our first six seasons.

And that’s word to Big Bird.

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1 admin   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:34 am

Test comment.


2 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:39 am

Word, I hear you...Is this thing on?

3 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:39 am

Awesome quote up in the banner, Alex, especially given the time of year.

I'm liking the nested comment thing, and html tags are going to be fun (though I'll miss [1] to link to another post). But no comment preview?

4 ms october   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:50 am

Congrats on the new spot Alex and the esteemed crew.

The site is nice, clean looking - I'll miss the toaster community for the random people that wander in - but not those damn ads that were right in the middle of it all.
I also like the nested comment thing but would like to be able to preview, but will get used to it either way.

5 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:59 am

I'm also digging the addition of Todd Drew, and Diane.

Congrats on the new place, guys.

6 Dimelo   ~  Oct 27, 2008 11:02 am

The new bx-banter....I like the furniture!!!

7 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 27, 2008 11:18 am

I just want to join Alex in welcoming everybody over here to SNY. Please do bear with us as we have a lot of work to do to get things going here, and there are sure to be bugs along the way (the comments being the first of those, apparently). Do give us your feedback on what you do and don't like about the new set-up, as well as about any changes we might make to things as we get settled here.

As Alex says, one thing that won't change is what you'll get from us in terms of coverage and content. Or rather, what you get from Alex, Emma, Bruce, Will and myself. We're adding Todd and Diane and hope to find other new ways to supplement our existing coverage. I'm excited. Hope you are, too.

8 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 27, 2008 11:56 am

this place feels nice.

i got a little nervous as i started reading the recap of where the blog had been. i was afraid that it was a dear john post.

very glad that i was mistaken.

thanks for doing this, everyone.

9 mehmattski   ~  Oct 27, 2008 11:56 am

Welcome! I'm sure I will get used to it-- it's the quality of the blog, not it's URL that matters!

But it is kind of eerie, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:30 PM instead of 7:00....

10 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 27, 2008 11:57 am

I like to think I'm also bringing my unique world view to an new audience

11 tommyl   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:01 pm


12 Bama Yankee   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:19 pm

Something just doesn't seem right... there's something missing... I'm not sure what it is...

"Who is Karim Garcia?"

That's it... Okay, now everything seems to be back to normal...

13 Pete   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:23 pm

Only thing I'm not sure of is why do we have to fill out this info at the bottom time after time if we're already registered and logged in...?

14 SF Yanks   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:26 pm

So, this is the look of my new home eh? The only thing that bothers me is that everything, and in particular, the comments seem squished. What I liked about the Toaster was the comments read across my entire screen, not just 6 inches of it. Oh well, I'm sure I'll get used to it. Congrats on the move by the way.

15 RIYank   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:28 pm

Whoa. I feel like I'm dreaming.

16 RIYank   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:29 pm

You don't have to, Pete. You can leave it blank, as I just did.

17 Hank   ~  Oct 27, 2008 12:40 pm

Alex, congrats on the new digs. I'll have to send you a new plant or something to help make you feel at home...

18 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 27, 2008 1:37 pm

Hey, just to let you know this "look" is temporary...We'll be changing things throughout the off season..

19 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 27, 2008 1:48 pm

Cool! That is going to save some time. Thanks, RIYank.

20 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 27, 2008 1:49 pm

It may be that the default size of the site is set to be static for an 800x600 layout, whereas I know the Toaster was dynamic. Hopefully that's something that can be changed!

21 3rd gen yankee fan   ~  Oct 27, 2008 2:30 pm

I'll miss the Toaster. I like the informalness of it. But I'm addicted to y'all, so here I am.

(Here's another vote for 1024x768 design. And this feels too boxy. I like the nested comments though.)

22 ny2ca2dc   ~  Oct 27, 2008 10:22 pm

Snif Snif, it's got that new car smell. As long as they whole stable is coming, congrats to Alexo and the crew on the move. Dig the Todd addition, I liked his goods when I remembered to read his blog. Ditto on the interface comments - when you guys are working on redesigns, just think about signal (the writing) to noise (all this wasted gray space, etc).

Will this new blog have [143]s?

23 Faith and Fear in Flushing   ~  Oct 31, 2008 7:30 am

Because the Pretzel Costumes Weren't Ready...

For Halloween this year, I'm dressing up as a Yankee Stadium sentimentalist.


Relax. It's just a mask.

Many thanks to Alex Belth of Bronx Banter (newly moved to the SNY family of blogs and richly deserving of whatever additional at...

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