Well Blue Jays fans - it has been an incredible ride.
For those of you unaware, this will be my last article for Jays Journal, as I have decided to step down and pursue other opportunities as well as bring some more balance to my personal life. I started writing for Jays Journal back in March of 2019, posting articles every now and then as a contributor. In April of 2021, there was an opening to become to a Co-Editor after Clayton Richer's departure and I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back.
To start off, there are many people I need to thank. First and foremost goes to Clayton and Chris Henderson, both editors at the time of my arrival. Each of you taught me so much considering I had little to no writing experience and I appreciate all the advice you have passed along the way. There were times when I didn't think I had it in me to keep writing and both of you brought the best out of me and boosted me when I needed it the most. Special thanks go out to Chris as well, as you have been a fantastic Co-Editor who kept helping me and showing me the ropes with the site which only made me stronger and better. I know you are departing as well and I am happy to call you a friend even though our run here is all over.
I want to thank my parents, who were always supportive and pushed me to write and pursue these opportunities, as I could not have done it without them. I will always appreciate the back and forth with supporting potential article ideas and my ramblings about ideas to write on, always listening when needed. I also want to thank my wife Mallory and her family, as their support means the world to me, dealing with my Blue Jays ramblings and putting the game on even when much more important events are going on like Wheel of Fortune or Ohio State football.
I finish my time at Jays Journal with roughly 650 articles and a boatload of experiences. I had the opportunity to interview Blue Jays players like Alek Manoah and Anthony Kay, both of whom were super fun to talk to and fantastic individuals. I even found myself verified on Twitter (before the blue checkmark buying debacle) which opened the door for even more opportunities. Never would I have thought that I would be given the chance to be on Sportsnet 590 the Fan with great people like Roger Lajoie or Sho Alli, or on TSN radio broadcasts and featured in CTV articles, all of which were fun and will hopefully continue on next season and beyond. All of these experiences have been an absolute dream.
This opportunity has opened a lot of doors for me and with those opportunities came some hard times as well, late nights and early mornings editing and writing and worrying about the social media feeds. Over time, it takes a bit of a toll and it was the right time to step aside and let some fresh new faces take the wheel. Overall, Jays Journal has some talented writers and contirbutors and I know that they will be in good hands with whoever comes in once Chris and I are officially gone.
Lastly, I wanted to thank all of you, the people who read my articles and gave me the opportunity to write and interacted with me on the different ideas I brought forward. Whether we agreed or not, I appreciate everyone who took the time to read, reach out, and interact with me and the articles that were posted. Without you, I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today.
Moving forward, I am not done writing and will still be contributing, but at different avenues other than Jays Journal (feel free to reach out on Twitter at @Tyson_MLB and talk Blue Jays as well).
Thanks for all the memories Blue Jays fans.