So on Thursday this happened.
I know! So fancy.
I have to thank David Roth who wrote a very thoughtful and wonderful article and who has been so incredibly supportive of Left Field Cards. He’s the editor of The Classical, a very clever sports blog, and writes for Deadspin, Vice, GQ, The Awl, the WSJ and a whole lot of other places. After finding out about The Classical from a friend back in February or March, I emailed David to introduce myself and my work, and his response was as enthusiastic and kind as can be. We did an interview for The Classical that came out right before the release of Marvelous Moustaches, and he came to the launch party at the Bergino Clubhouse. He is just as awesome in person as he is online, a very smart and interesting fellow, and a pleasure to talk with. I highly recommend following him on Twitter, @david_j_roth.
So he pitched my story to the Wall Street Journal, and a few weeks later, here it is, making my mama proud, and sending me hunting for a copy of the WSJ in Greenpoint (apparently not a very popular newspaper around these very Polish parts). Needless to say, I felt honored and proud and thankful and lucky and even a little fuzzy inside, thinking about all the magnificent people I have met so far on this Left Field Cards adventure, and all the support and encouragement I’ve been getting.
I believe in working hard to get what you want, and boy have I worked hard this past year. I’ve been through a lot of sweat, a little blood (carving linoleum with a sharp tool is not without its dangers), and god knows more than a few tears, out of exhaustion, stress and doubt. It’s been almost a year since I first started playing with the idea of making my own baseball cards, and I have never been prouder of anything I’ve done in my life.
Left Field Cards would not exist without the people who’ve supported me, whether it’s on a daily, in-real-life basis (boyfriend, Ariele) or on an internet basis. I have no idea how things got done back in the day, before this whole web thing, and not to get all sentimental here, but god do I love the internet and the amazing people I’ve met thanks to it! In many ways, it has made my life richer. Quite literally actually, as I was able to quit my day job a few months ago and do this full time!
So in short, thank you David, thank you baseball, and thank you internet.
THANK YOU AMERICA! Woohoo.