Warm wishes

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everybody a happy and healthy holiday season. May you be safe in your travels.

For Tigers fans I think we’ve already received some pretty nice presents. Here’s hoping that Miguel Cabrera’s stocking gets stuffed with a nice fat contract extension in the not-too-distant future.

I also wanted to announce some Christmas presents to DTW readers. I’d like to say thank you to the top 3 commentors on the site in 2007 with a baseball book. First, here are the top 3 commentors ranked by volume:

1. Kathy (1214)
2. Mike R (1048)
3. stephen (926)

Starting in order they will get to choose between The Hardball Times Annual, The Soul of Baseball, and the yet-to-be-released Tigers Corner 2008.

Merry Christmas and the warmest wishes.


  1. Kathy

    December 24, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Merry Christmas Billfer, Mrs. Billfer and the little Billfers. There is much to be thankful for today: not just winning a book, but also just receiving a phone call with a job offer. Maybe now I won’t have so much time on my hands to chat. But maybe now, I’ll be able to attend some of the Tigers games this summer.

    Have a glorious holiday, everyone!!

  2. Vince in MN

    December 24, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Congratulations to the three All Stars on this team. I’d be curious to know who the next six are. Then we could discuss how to set the lineup to get the highest PPG ratio (Posts Per Game) for the upcoming season.

    Happy Holidays.

  3. Ben in Denver

    December 24, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Happy holidays to the Billfer family and Tiger fans everywhere!

    Congratulations for the good news too, Kathy.

  4. Walewander

    December 24, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  5. Jim

    December 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    merry xmas everyone

    hey bilfer, how about a complete list of comment leaders?

  6. K-man

    December 24, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Merry Christmas, Bilfer! And a Merry Christmas to all Tigers fans!

  7. Kyle J

    December 24, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Yes. Let’s see the complete list. How poor a showing did I put up after my comments championship last year? Hopefully, both the Tigers and I will have big bounceback seasons next year.

    Merry Christmas to all. It sure was fun opening up that Cabrera/Willis present a little early.

  8. Andrew

    December 25, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Merry Christmas Everyone! Congrats on the job Kathy. That’s one less unemployed Michiganian for 2007 🙂

  9. jim-mt

    December 25, 2007 at 11:31 am

    What? no prize for the most astute comments?

    merry christmas.

  10. Steve in OH

    December 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great 2008!

  11. ron

    December 25, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Merry Christmas And Happy New Year. Hopefully, it will be the Year Of The Tiger!

  12. David

    December 25, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  13. David

    December 25, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    PS Billfer if you have the tabs as Vince said I’d be curious to know the top 10 or so

    Go Tigers!

  14. Scott

    December 25, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bill.

    Congrats on the new job, Kathy, and the book, too!

  15. Mike R

    December 25, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

  16. Joey the K

    December 25, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Happy Christmas my fellow Tiger fans. Thanks for another great year Billfer. And heres looking forward to a great ’08!

    Congrats to the mega-posters.

  17. tiff

    December 26, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Congrats Kathy (on the job and the new book)!

    Christmas and New Years are just another hurdle to get over before spring training can begin 😉 Woot!

  18. Kathy

    December 26, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Thanks, tiff. Hold off on the job congrats, however. I filled out the application and then the head of nursing hung on to it, so I haven’t heard anything since. Maybe their checking my references? Sure hope so. Can you imagine the excitement when SP finally does start in only a few more weeks? All our new players that will be out there.

    btw, Stephen, you must be having a great ‘ol holiday cause we sure haven’t heard a word from you lately.

  19. billfer

    December 26, 2007 at 10:49 am

    An expanded list will be coming in the DTW year in review post. That will probably be later this week.

  20. Stephen

    December 26, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    happy holidays to all. kathy, sadly been traveling for work all over the country so less time for egg nog and tigers talk.

  21. Kathy

    December 28, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Happy Holiays, Stephen! Sorry you’re so busy but it’s nice to know all is OK in your world aside from workaholism.

  22. Kevin in Austin

    December 29, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Congrats Kathy! Happy Holidays all. Billfer – my sincerest thanks for running this thing. I’m 100% open to donating. Works well for Newburg.

  23. Kevin in Austin

    December 29, 2007 at 12:10 am

    (should have been “Newberg” aka Jamey Newberg – runs an email list for the Texas Rangers – while I was born in Detroit, I grew up in Arlington – but anyway, I much prefer DTW and the Tiger talk.)