The Long Game Turns One! Thank You So Much For Your Support
I took a leap of faith into the unknown 52 weeks ago. You guys did not let me fall.
Hello dear ones-
First off, thank you for all your well wishes since I contracted Covid-19 last week. I have no underlying health issues and had no reason to think I would get this sick—but this virus does not discriminate. It’s only today, nine days after testing positive, that I’m able to sit upright and look at a computer screen without wanting to vomit. (Gross!).
I am confident I’m on the mend now, even if the recovery is progressing much slower than I would like. I have never been this sick, but I am so grateful I didn’t wind up hospitalized or worse. Thank you again to everyone who has reached out. I have read all your notes of encouragement even if I haven’t been able to respond. <3
We will be back up and running with our Sunday Night Baseball live discussion thread for paid subscribers tomorrow at 4 PM PT/ 7 PM ET for Cubs vs. Giants, two teams playing absolutely thrilling baseball right now. Catch the fever! (But not literally. Please do not catch what I have). If you’d like to become a paid subscriber to come hang out with us, you can sign up here:
I’m writing to you guys today to thank you for your support of The Long Game. One year ago this week I left my traditional media job to launch this site. It was terrifying, to be honest, but it was also a change I needed to make. And I’m so glad I did.
Being my own boss allows me to continue to be 100 percent authentically me. I don’t have to write things I don’t want to write in service of a corporate agenda set by someone who doesn’t understand how human beings work. I don’t have to worry I may tweet something like “women deserve rights” and get put in some kind of Twitter penalty box by HR (it’s happened!). I can take the time to process complex stories and write with nuance instead of having to immediately file a hot take to fill a cadence quota. In short, I can do the kind of writing and build the kind of troll-free, positive sports community I’ve always wanted to, but never could before.
You guys have made that possible.
I know that the Substack model can be confusing because paying for subscriptions to read specific writers (instead of subscribing to traditional newspapers or magazines) is a relatively new concept. I’ve tried to keep as many of my articles free as I possibly can because I’m sensitive to how bills can add up. I’m a writer. I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. If you have taken the time to sign up for this site—even the free version—you are helping me live my dream. I can’t ever thank you enough.
To my paid subscribers: You are quite literally keeping the lights on as well as paying for the roof over my head. You took the leap along with me and kept on reading as I figured out what worked. You are the reason why there will be a Year 2 of The Long Game. I hope I have created enough value for you to continue to stick with me.
I’ve tried a lot of different things this year—from writing about baseball every day in October to opening up about my own mental health struggles. I’ve led creativity Zoom workshops and baseball discussion threads and taken you on stadium food tours (these will resume once my Covid clears up!). I know you have a lot of choices when it comes to how you spend your hard-earned money, and I’m grateful and humbled that so many of you have chosen to support me with it. And I hope you have enjoyed the community we’re building. It’s only going to get better and stronger from here.
To my free subscribers: A lot of you are new this week, so, welcome! Feel free to test-drive this newsletter for a while before you decide to buy. You will receive at least one free post per week.
In a perfect world, I would keep all my work free forever and never ask for you to pay to read me. But the reality is I can’t. The cost of becoming a paid subscriber is equivalent to about one grande Starbucks latte a month—but it makes a world of difference to me. You are literally creating a job in a landscape where journalism jobs are vanishing at a terrifying rate. If you simply cannot afford a subscription (again, been there!) you can also help me out by telling your friends about this site. Being a woman who writes about sports can be terribly isolating and scary, even though I’ve been doing it for 15 years. With each new person who signs up to read The Long Game, I feel less and less alone.
This coming year I will be experimenting with more Zooms, podcasts and player interviews. I will continue to write about the Dodgers, but I’m also going to cover all the MLB playoff teams down the stretch. I’ll continue to write about mental health, and I may even summon the courage to start writing about my soccer fandom (now progressing from infancy to toddlerhood!). And there will be more content about George, my totally lovable but completely insane yearling rescue pup (who is currently away at finishing school learning how to, uh, become the best version of his crazy self).
If you’re not a paying subscriber and you would like to sign up for additional posts and get access to our live discussion threads and Zooms, here’s how:
If you’re already a paying subscriber, please know that you have my eternal gratitude. I would give a firm hug to everyone who decides to renew this week if I weren’t still contagious. You all are making this possible.
I love you and I thank you. Here’s to year two!