A Thank You!

Dear SDI Readers,

Happy New Year! All of us here wish the best year of your lives in 2012. Normally we would post an article on the Rangers or MLB, as you well know. But we would like to take the time to show our appreciation to you, and credit the people who have gotten us to this point and share with you how this idea came about.

Mike McGehee, Danny Fowler and Patrick DeSpain started www.shutdowninning.com in October of this past year during the MLB playoffs. We were and still are guys who read everything we can about the team, from the major news outlets and great blogs like The Newberg Report, etc. However, we all thought that getting our own stories out there, would be fun and entertaining. So here’s how it started:

Mike, Danny and Patrick were apart of a Twitter community known as #the2300. Whatever your view of #the2300, it brought together a great bunch of guys with a common goal, and that is to bring you the best Rangers commentary and opinions that we can write.

The idea for SDI came from Mike, Patrick and Danny when they approached Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com to host a 30 minute question and answer session on #the2300. Mike co-hosted that with Richard and it was known as “ShutDownInning with Richard Durrett.”  At the end of August, Danny came up with the idea to start fresh with our own website and do something besides a group on Twitter, and branch out. After a lot of careful thought, late night tweets and text messages, www.shutdowninning.com was born.

Since that day, October 4, 2011, we have added Chris Kautz, Dan Allsup, Peter Ellwood, Lincoln Floyd and Lindsey Day. Danny has sadly, retired from SDI, and we all here wish him the very best. He is, and always will be a member of the SDI family. All of us continue to strive for greatness in every single one of our articles, and we hope you enjoy them.

We thank you! We are a group of people that would just write for ourselves without all of you. You, the readers, are ShutDownInning. You have supported us from our first day and continue that support, and we are grateful. This would be just some blog of a couple of guys writing their thoughts, if not for all of you that stop by and read our articles.

So on this New Years Day, we think it appropriate to thank the people that have contributed to our success:

You, the readers
All Texas Rangers fans
All current and former players, managers, broadcasters and writers that made us all love this game
Danny Fowler
The SDI Staff
@1310ticketless and everyone at #the2300 (there are too many of you to list, but you know who you are)
TwoReverends.com
Eric Nadel
Mark Holtz
Mark Followill
Mike Rhyner
Mac Engel
Scott Fitzgerald and everyone at 1340AM “The Fan” in Lubbock
Richard Durrett
Bob Sturm
Derek Holland
Evan Grant
Ben Rogers
Jeff “Skin” Wade
Matt Mosely
Greg Williams
Mark Elfenbein
Josh Lewin
Todd Kaufmann
Jeff Johnson
Michael Gruber
Kevin Turner
KTCK 1310AM “The Ticket”
Sean Bass
David Newbury
Jamey Newberg
Adam Morris
Joey “Matches”
Kristen Ellwood
Brynlee Ellwood
Nancy Riggins
Joe Timberlake
Shawn Hays
Tawny Hays
Larry DeSpain
Steve Perry
Vickie Perry
Jason Stamps
The friends and family of Mike McGehee
The friends and family of Lincoln Floyd
The friends and family of Dan Allsup
The friends and family of Chris Kautz
The friends and family of Lindsey Day
The friends and family of Peter Ellwood
The friends and family of Patrick DeSpain
And of course the Texas Rangers and the years of entertainment you have provided

Again. Thank you very, very much for the support!

Sincerely,
Mike, Chris, Dan, Peter, Dan, Lincoln, Lindsey and Patrick

Patrick Despain
Patrick is a member of the IBWAA and creator of Shutdown Inning. He was raised him Arlington, Texas and grew up watching games on HSE and listening to Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz on the radio. He is a long time Rangers fan and never achieved his dream of being a bat boy. He know lives in Georgia with dreams of a Texas return.

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