Fire Gardy

Mismanaging games since 2002

We’re Changing Our Address: HittingTheFoulPole.com

Fire Gardy, the blog, has had a good run these last two years. We started from nothing, and built a somewhat healthy readership — that’s you! — who come here numbering over 100 on any day we post a new article. Of course, that’s not a big following by the standards of many baseball writers, but for small-time bloggers like us it’s pretty heartwarming. We’ve been glad to be here, and we’ve been even more glad that you, our readers and commenters, were here too.

But the recent flap regarding the name, often brought up by the people I know in real life* and by the links from Posnanski and Neyer which set us up as some sort of ringleaders of a misguided Anti-Gardy League here in the wild ol’ internet, it has become clear that the title of the blog may be holding the site back even more than our lack of insights about baseball or ability to entertain readers with our prose.

* As opposed to the people I know from the internet, which is less like really knowing them.

So, we have decided to continue blogging in the same way — but with more pictures and rootin’ tootin’ — but under a different letterhead. The new site is up and running at HittingTheFoulPole.com. It has a more modern look to it, and that delightful photograph you’ll find in the header was taken by FunBobby. The improved appearance of the site will hopefully make up for the fact that we’re pulling up our tent stakes and fleeing our hometown in the middle of the night, like some sort of Carl-Pohlad-in-his-2002-dreams, and abandoning our small but loyal group of fans.

We’re not abandoning you. Our odd senses of humor and esoteric statistical witch-doctory and love of the game will still be coming to you every whenever-we-come-up-with-something, as long as you update your RSS reader to our new feed. In the interest of making a smooth transition, we’ve copied over all our posts and comments onto the new site; in the interest of history, I’m leaving all the old content up on this old Fire Gardy site (for as long as I feel like continuing to pay for the domain).

Hitting the Foul Pole.

Make it your new favorite Twins blog.

15 comments

15 Comments so far

  1. Schulte March 24th, 2010 7:13 pm

    Dang. I always thought Fire Gardy was a great name.

  2. sirsean March 24th, 2010 7:17 pm

    I still think it has a good ring to it. But I’d just heard from too many people who refuse to come and read what we’re actually about just because of the name. It’s time to try something new.

  3. FunBobby March 24th, 2010 8:19 pm

    I felt the same way too. People kept asking me why I hated Gardenhire so much.

  4. rghrbek March 25th, 2010 9:29 am

    the reason my brother and I read this blog was because of the name.

    it made me realize you had a sense of humor, and that you guys didn’t drink the nothing but positivity koolaid.

    I want my blogs to call it like it is, or be as objective as possible for us Twins loving fans.

    I think Gardy has thin skin, and gets a free ride a little too much, but also recognize he’s won 5 division titles, and am glad he is our coach, currently.

    Needless to say I will be making the transition as well (sorry guys)!

  5. FunBobby March 25th, 2010 9:37 am

    Another reason for the change was because Gardy won’t be around forever, so we want the blog to be kind of timeless. Plus, this gives us the chace to knock it down and redesign from scratch. Thanks for sticking with us, the content won’t change.

  6. Ragstoriches March 26th, 2010 7:17 am

    Well gents my work firewall blocks the new site, so it’s going to be tough to make the move….

  7. sirsean March 26th, 2010 7:28 am

    What? Why would it block the new site and not the old one?

    There has to be something we can do about that.

  8. Ragstoriches March 26th, 2010 9:54 am

    I don’t know, is “Hitting the Foul Pole” some sort of innuendo all the kids are saying these days? Does sound vaguely, um, romantic…

  9. sirsean March 26th, 2010 9:56 am

    Man, do I hope your company’s filter isn’t getting the wrong idea from “hitting” the “pole.”

    I would have thought that if that were a common innuendo, that the domain would have been taken, or that I’d have heard of it. Maybe I’m getting old.

  10. Bob Ingrassia March 26th, 2010 10:09 am

    Minnesota Blog Directory is all over this breaking Fire Gardy news. Updated directory entry: http://www.newsbobber.com/minnesota_blogs/detail.php?id=1285

  11. sirsean March 26th, 2010 10:14 am

    Awesome.

  12. Ragstoriches March 26th, 2010 1:32 pm

    Here’s what the filter says:

    This Websense category is filtered: Potentially Damaging Content. Sites in this category may pose a security threat to network resources or private information, and are blocked by your organization.

    Geez, what have you guys got going over there?

  13. sirsean March 26th, 2010 1:34 pm

    Haha, wow.

    The content is literally exactly the same on that site as on this one. Except the picture at the top looks better and also has the benefit of not being assembled from potentially copyrighted images from the web, and is instead fully owned by FunBobby himself. That can’t be the problem.

    I really wonder how we got on that list.

  14. Tom July 3rd, 2010 5:38 pm

    Tonight was just another example of the key statement of this site – mismanaging teams since 2002 – any arguments?

  15. Jeff May 6th, 2012 8:37 pm

    You should have kept the name firegardy, as that is exactly what is long overdue. We went 2 for 3 in firings over the off-season, with the canning of Smith and the long overdue departure of Gordo (I don’t think he even really likes the game). It is time to complete the deal, and FIRE GARDY.

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