Detroit Tigers Weblog 2008 Year in Review

A look back at the year that was here at Detroit Tigers Weblog:













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It’s nice that every year I get to write about how the site is growing. This year saw 395,316 unique visits to the site with 728,073 page views. This included the one millionth visitor in November and the 2 millionth page view will be served up in January.

I made 650 posts this year, which is way too much for you guys to have to read. This year also marked the debut of live chats and streaming video. Both are features I’d like to continue.

On those 650 posts, all you left 29,999 comments (for real, as of 5:27 ET). Three games topped the 500 comment mark, two heart breakers against the White Sox (both were candidates for worst game of the year) and a dramatic tilt against the Indians.

As for the most prolific commentor? That would be Sean C in Illinois, aka Smoking Loon. Combining his totals across his name amounts to 3405 comments. That is more than Mark in Chicago and Dave BW combined, and they were second and third respectively.

So thanks for everyone’s support this year. Thanks to Sean Baligian and Jamie Samuelson for the repeated mentions on the WDFN airwaves and the opportunity to participate in your discussions. Thanks to the other bloggers who linked here and provided inspiration for me to write on topics I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Thanks to everyone who participated in the comments, and for those that just stopped by and read either on the site or in your feed reader. Have a great 2009.


  1. Dave BW

    December 31, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    #3! I feel like a star!

  2. Kyle J

    January 1, 2009 at 12:43 am

    A much better blogging year than baseball year for us Tigers fans . . .

  3. Mr X

    January 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    What’s cool about 2009 is that we’ll get baseball on TV 24 hours per day.

    The MLB Network starts at 6pm Today and is on channel 213 for Direct TV. It should be an interesting winter with all the coverage that they’ll have.

  4. Dylan (

    January 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Keep it up Billfer, good work this year.

  5. Rick G

    January 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for all you do Billfer, half of the stuff in your recap I remember as much for this site’s content as the actual team’s play on the field!

    No MLB Network on AT&T UVerse or Dish Network – bummer.

  6. JML

    January 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Yeah, they are running highlights from yesteryear all day on MLB Network, until 6. It’s making some nice background noise while I play video games all day today. Actually, it’s causing me to flash back to some of the magical moments I had the pleasure of being at Comerica for in ’06, especially those two games with the Yanks. Oi, I’m getting all misty!

  7. Joey in Portland OR

    January 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Bilfer thanks for another awesome year on DTW. (and all the other posters too) Its great to be able to connect with so many Tigs fans on here, as compared to the 5 fans I know here in Portland.

    I’m getting psyched up for the MLB Network as well, less than an hour and a half! 213 on Direct TV.

    Good Luck and Happy New Year to the Tigers and all the DTW Faithful.

    For 2009, I’m streamlining and dropping “the K” from my name to just Joey in Portland OR

  8. Mike R

    January 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Wowwww. over 3000 comments from one person? Committed. Didn’t I have the most in 2007 with like 700-something? You crazy kids and your intrawebz!

  9. Mr X

    January 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Harold Reynolds hit the lottery. MLB Network looks like it’s going to 100x better than his old gig at Baseball Tonight.

  10. Kathy

    January 1, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    You guys are making me jealous. Comcast screwed up and doesn’t have MLB available as of today even though they’re supposed to. Scumbags!!! I have to wait for a tech to come out and check things out.

    Anyway, than you Billfer for this wonderful blog.

  11. Chris in Dallas

    January 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    MLB Network should be nice. Too bad I moved and was forced to get Dish, which doesn’t have it. Or Extra Innings. Blah.

    Anyhoo, a hat tip to billfer for this blog, which has become my one stop shop for bitching about the Tigers. And also another hat tip to Smoking Sean for making the rest of us feel less obsessive.

  12. Ken in Las Vegas

    January 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Smoking Loon just likes to hear the sound of his own typing.

    My new years resolution is to be more healthy. Therefore, there will be no more talk on this site about “ham sandwiches”. I would appreciate if everyone used “ham wraps” please.

    Thanks for your hard work Bilfer. I’m looking forward to Spring Training.

  13. Joey in Portland OR

    January 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Maybe a lean ham sandwich with some alpine lace and light mayo every once in a while?

  14. Vince in MN

    January 3, 2009 at 7:45 am

    January 3 and no posts from Loon yet. Doesn’t he know that he is already 20 posts behind schedule?

  15. Dave BW

    January 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I sent out a Loon search party, but they quickly became distracted by ham sandwiches. These things happen.

  16. Chris in Dallas

    January 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    2009: The Year of the Ham Sandwich

  17. Ken in Las Vegas

    January 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Ha. Clearly not a good year.

  18. jud

    January 6, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Thanks Billfer…… this Bud’s for you

  19. Mark in Chicago

    January 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    wow, I was #2? That’s honestly very surprising. Somehow I still managed to get a positive review at work, too. 2008 was a good year indeed.

    Anyway, thanks billfer for providing us this forum and generating such great analysis and research. There aren’t many sites I check daily (and only 1 that I comment on) but yours is on that list for me. Here’s looking to a great 2009 for your site and the Tigers!

  20. Mark in Chicago

    January 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    also, (see, this is how you get to be #2: hit submit too soon and then have a second thought that requires an additional post. New Year’s resolution to slow things down a bit) please note that Smoking Loon has dial-up internet at home (or at least used to), making his 3405 comments all the more impressive.

  21. Dave BW

    January 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Mark —

    Seeing as you beat me by one slot this year, we are now lifelong enemies. I know it seems silly, but hey, I don’t make the rules.

  22. Ken in Las Vegas

    January 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Rankings shmankings. Sure you guys commented a lot on baseball, but who made the most comments that had absolutely nothing to do with the game or even sports in general?

  23. billfer

    January 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Rankings shmankings. Sure you guys commented a lot on baseball, but who made the most comments that had absolutely nothing to do with the game or even sports in general?


    He appears to be scared off now. I forgot about the dial-up part. That makes it truly remarkable.

  24. Mark in Chicago

    January 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Sorry Dave BW, I’d like to respond to your post (threat?) but I don’t see how it relates to baseball or the Tigers.

  25. David

    January 7, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Darn it Billfer… did I even make the top 20? Who rounded out the top 10? I think I made it to the top 10 in 2006 or 2005.

    As far as Smoking Loon being #1, well… his comments are short and usually half baseball related, half craziness insanity.

    650 posts is a lot that is almost 2/day on average

    I’m impressed.

    Hey on another rankings note, how do you measure up to other Tiger bloggers? I know you guys are a “family”, but I’m sure you want to be #1!

    My guess is your page views/page quality blows them out of the water. You’re the first link after, yahoo and espn if you search google for “detroit tigers”