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Thank You, BYB Bunch

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Before we move on to the offseason and talk about what happens next (or look back at the season that was), I'd like to wrap up by thanking each and every one of you who takes the time out of your day to read Bless You Boys.

There have been some incredibly kind and gracious thank-yous posted in the comments, in the FanPosts, and sent via e-mail that are just tremendously flattering. And while I intend to return those thanks personally in the days to come, I'd also like to do so here.

All any blogger wants is to have his or her stuff read, and you have far exceeded that hope and expectation. Those of you who post comments, write your own essays in the FanPosts, share links and photos, who have linked back here from your own sites, message boards, Facebook, and Twitter, or passed word along to your friends have all contributed to build a community here that has drawn a lot of notice and envy from observers around the sports blogosphere and media this season. I really can't thank you enough for that.

And then there are the GameThreads, which you guys have really turned into an explosive force. Thanks to all of you who have made them a part of your game-watching routines, who have found camaraderie with your fellow fans, and perhaps even friendship outside of these games, and turned those threads into events.

Sometimes, those threads got a bit out of control, and I became a bit too cranky in attempting to rein in things like photos (especially when they got large), off-topic discussions, and disagreements between commenters. And there were surely times when I reacted too swiftly - or not swiftly enough - in trying to keep the discourse under control. But ultimately, it's always been with the intention of making this a friendly place for Tigers fans to chat about their favorite team, and have fun while doing so.

I'm not entirely sure what we'll be doing here during the offseason, though I have some definite ideas. (And now that the daily grind is over, I'm sure more will come to me.) Of course, any ideas or suggestions you have to offer are more than welcome. But we'll definitely be keeping up on everything that happens with the Tigers. And I hope you'll keep checking back, leaving comments, and posting thoughts of your own.

So once again, thank you. Thank you for your participation and support. And give yourselves a hand.