Now that the 2011 year is over. I have been reflecting on how far SF Giants Rumors site has come in 2011. It started on a high note as in January everyone was still feeling great about the San Francisco Giants winning the 2010 World Series.
The first big moment for SF Giants Rumors in 2011 was when I posted an exclusive Pablo Sandoval video of him working out on January 17, 2011. It was big because fans got a chance to see him working out hard to shed some pounds. MLB Trade Rumors linked to this post on January 21, 2011. Them linking to SF Giants Rumors really helped get the word out there to a lot of Giants fans that weren’t aware of the site.
It was just a few days later that I was able to post a short Q&A With Pablo Sandoval. Giants fans loved it, and those two posts started getting fans to the site on a regular basis, which helped the traffic of the site to gain momentum. Fan started to hear about the site by word-of-mouth.
I then was able to do a Q&A With Brandon Crawford (prior to his MLB debut). Next thing I know, I’m invited to attend Media Day at AT&T Park. I was able to get my credentials, and walk in like any other representative of the media. I chatted with Mike Fontenot, Pat Burrell, Darren Ford, and a bunch of other Giants. You can look up the King of Cali Blog on the right sidebar and look back to February 2011, and see some of the posts/videos.
I attended Spring Training, and received credentials to go on the field, hangout in the press box and in the locker room area. I was able to chat with some players, and snap some pictures. Everyone in the clubhouse was really cool and didn’t look at me weird, like who the hell are you? They just would say what’s up as they pass by or stick out their hands to give me knuckles. Yes, I can confirm that Andres Torres would say hi and wave (with a smile) every time he would pass me.
As the year kept moving along. I was able to chat with a lot of people in the media (Chris Haft, Andrew Baggarly, Jerry Crasnick etc.). I have been given some great advice, and even chat with some on a regular basis to share their insights with me about the Giants. I have made some great relationships with some sports agents as well. All of these connections have helped me create my own unique content for SF Giants Rumors. Which allows me to sometimes share some different stories or insights that you won’t find on other sites.
This site also gained a lot of exposure as the year went on (Facebook, Twitter) and I had readers sending me emails requesting me to build an iPhone app. I haven’t got a chance to do that yet because they’re really expensive. However, there is an email alerts list that you can request to be on.
I was able to get credentials so I could meet Gary Brown and Zack Wheeler.Both players were willing to do a Q&A, so I interviewed them both separately, right after batting practice at a San Jose Giants game. Click the Q&A link on the right sidebar to view all the Q&A’s that have been posted on SF Giants Rumors.
To make this long story about 2011 not drag on any longer. Basically 2011 was a great year for the site and getting my foot in the media world. Only time will tell if I’m just one lucky blogger that had a chance to see what it’s like in the media, or if 2011 was only the start to something better in 2012.
~King of Cali (Steven)
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