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You did a good job, but it's time to go
2009-02-02 17:07
by Bob Timmermann

All good things come to an end. So too is this blog. You can judge for yourself whether or not the second sentence is a subset of the first.

It's been a lot of fun writing here with my small, but strangely devoted readership. I want to thank Ken and Jon for giving me the opportunity to write here and share with people what was on my mind. And surprisingly, few people ran in fear once they found what was inside.

The Cycle Patrol Office in Thief River Falls, Minnesota has been disbanded and its six employees were laid off. The catcher's interference alarm will ring only in my head (or that could be intermittent tinnitus.) When teams become mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in the 2009 season, you can come up with your own pithy metaphor for death.

I'll still be complaining about Russ Ortiz, Notre Dame, and the New York Times' irritating use of extraneous periods. It's just that most of you won't hear it. If you're looking for baseball news, I would suggest you bookmark ShysterBall. It's where I get my news from and Craig Calcaterra is a great and funny writer. And he is just as likely to drop in a Roman Hruska reference as me.

It was an honor to be associated with writers as good as those who were here. I'll leave the longer goodbyes to others.

Comments (58)
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2009-02-02 17:11:45
1.   underdog
Wow, the Giants and Nixon both showcased in the same post. I know you're just trying to make us feel less sad about the Griddle's departure, but it won't work!

Thanks for the great stuff, see you over at the new DT (and on Facebook), and let us know if you start a new Griddle v2.0 somewhere else.

2009-02-02 17:12:18
2.   Eric Enders
Thanks, Bob. I enjoyed The Griddle tremendously and I hope your retirement from blogging is an extremely brief one.
2009-02-02 17:15:38
3.   ToyCannon
Loved the Griddle, it was unique which is hard to be these days. Hope you continue somewhere.
2009-02-02 17:24:14
4.   Humma Kavula
I will miss The Griddle.
2009-02-02 17:28:45
5.   Jon Weisman
I tried to talk him out of it ...
2009-02-02 17:32:27
6.   Bob Timmermann
You mean Nixon? Or were you talking about Dusty Baker?
2009-02-02 17:36:25
7.   Gen3Blue
Why can comments only be posted at one site.
I suppose here are commercial reasons. But I would feel better with a Toaster and Griddle backup. If this is not practical I hope there is a way to hear Timmermann soon and actually continuously.
2009-02-02 17:36:58
8.   Bob Hendley
Oh the humanity!
2009-02-02 17:38:41
9.   68elcamino427
What the fuck dude?

You have got to be kidding me!

Find a way to make it work!

I'm pissed.

2009-02-02 17:39:39
10.   fanerman
Ending with the Giants and Tricky Dick? Only you, Bob.

Goodbye, Griddle. Whenever I make pancakes, I will think of you.

2009-02-02 17:40:46
11.   MyTummyHurts

I'm PO'ed my self. how dare you Bob!

2009-02-02 17:45:21
12.   Josh Wilker
My days will be thinner without the Griddle.
2009-02-02 17:58:23
13.   scareduck
I enjoyed this blog very much, Bob. Hope to see you around the comments section at DT or wherever these conversations end up.
2009-02-02 18:07:02
14.   thinkblue88
I'll miss the Griddle. Thank you sir for all the fun.
2009-02-02 18:08:07
15.   trainwreck
I will go chop down my grandmother's peach tree in your honor, Bob.

This has all of a sudden become a sad day.

2009-02-02 18:08:59
16.   Craig Calcaterra
While I appreciate the shoutout, Bob, I am a poor substitute. I mean hell, until I followed the link I thought Roman Hurska was one third of the WWF six-man tag team champions from 1974-1977.

I'll feel better about all of this if you admit that you're simply going underground on a mission to destroy what's left of Cleveland.

2009-02-02 18:15:40
17.   Ian Capilouto
See you at class on Friday Bob. Thanks for some cool knowledge and whatnot.
2009-02-02 18:22:33
18.   dzzrtRatt

How did you know when you'd stopped blogging?

I think I've stopped, but I'm never quite sure.

I would keep the door open. You never know.

Anyway, I hope to keep running into your sage observations and the rest of them as well on DT.

2009-02-02 18:26:59
19.   trainwreck
2009-02-02 18:27:36
20.   Bob Timmermann
There is another blogging Timmermann.

Granted, the appeal is somewhat regional.

2009-02-02 18:55:08
21.   xaphor
2009-02-02 18:58:47
22.   DXMachina
Thanks, Bob, and godspeed. I will miss this place.
2009-02-02 19:00:43
23.   bobsbrother
Nothing good ever ends -- William Saroyan
2009-02-02 19:02:51
24.   dianagramr
Sigh sigh sigh ....

I'm gonna miss this place.

Thanks for all the "stuff", Bob.

2009-02-02 19:07:21
25.   Greg Brock
2009-02-02 19:16:29
26.   El Lay Dave
While we can agree on UCLA and Notre Dame, we'll never agree on peaches. At least I felt the glory of having rung the CI alarm once.

Thanks Bob - simply thanks.

And now I'm gone to Catcher's Interference in my mind....

2009-02-02 19:17:37
27.   Dave60
I loved the factual but slightly off-center perspective that The Griddle provided. I'll adjust to having Dodgers Thoughts on the LA Times. I won't adjust to not having The Griddle. Thanks for a lot of quiet chuckles.
2009-02-02 19:30:08
28.   Daniel Zappala
Bob, you've lived a quiet life of excellence. Thanks for your time here, and I hope to see you on another blog some time.
2009-02-02 19:37:48
29.   mintxcore
damn, i was hoping to win some sort of WBC pick 'em contest! I could really use an XL Netherlands t-shirt.
2009-02-02 19:55:12
30.   John Hale
If I cancel the MLB network can I get the Griddle back?
I really appreciate all the knowledge that I didn't need to know that I learned here.
2009-02-02 20:04:03
31.   Indiana Jon
Although I've been a semi-regular on Dodger Thoughts for quite some time now, it is always the Griddle I checked first when I came to the Toaster. Something about the uniqueness of the posts. The griddle was like a box of chocolates to me and I will miss it. Hopefully Bob, you will reconsider and keep this fine blog going elsewhere.
2009-02-02 20:10:21
32.   sporky
2009-02-02 20:50:10
33.   Andrew Shimmin
This is why people fear change--because it sucks.
2009-02-02 21:18:53
34.   Andrew Shimmin
And I say that as the now permanent NCAA Tournament champion.
2009-02-02 21:22:31
35.   Andrew Shimmin
Aren't any of you people rich enough to buy out Bob's and Ken's retirements? Bhsportsguy? Branch Rickey?
2009-02-02 21:31:43
36.   therickdaddy
It was fun Mr. Timmermann. Thanks a lot for the great times.
2009-02-02 21:53:11
37.   JHWaugh
Let four infielders
Bear Timmermann, like a soldier, to the stage;
For he was likely, had he been put on,
To have proved most royally: and, for his passage,
The Nancy Bea music and the rites of the ravine
Speak loudly for him.
Take up the fans: such a sight as this
Becomes the field, but here shows much amiss.
Go, bid the catchers interfere

The rest is silence….

2009-02-02 22:00:55
38.   fordprefect
Bob, thanks for all the laughs, you've extended my lifespan by at least a decade. The future inheritors of my vast and weighty fortune express their gratitude.

I'm encouraged by your example to know that sports dialogue isn't necessarily dominated by ignorant blowhards like Cowherd, Plaschke, ad nauseaum.

2009-02-02 22:06:38
39.   immouch
Griddle was the fine, if sometimes odd B-side to the Dodgers Thoughts A-side. Your decision to give it up saddens me.
Thanks for a lot of cool stuff.
2009-02-02 22:34:49
40.   SoSG Orel
Congrats on a great run, Bob. I hope to continue reading your witticisms at the new Dodger Thoughts site.
2009-02-02 22:57:11
41.   Eric Stephen

Thanks for everything. The Griddle will be missed. I knew this would happen once Shimmin got sidebar status.

2009-02-02 23:02:13
42.   Strike4
A year ago my daughter picked UCLA for college. I told her I guess that's okay, after all Bob Timmermann seems to have good feelings towards place. She said you mean that guy you're always talking about from the Toaster? I said yeah. Tonight I'll have to tell her why I'm depressed. No more Griddle quotes.
2009-02-02 23:09:39
43.   Bob Timmermann
Thanks for the kind words everyone.

But I guess no one has placed when the photograph at the top was taken?

2009-02-02 23:12:47
44.   Linkmeister
Hey! You can't do this! Well, you CAN, but you shouldn't!

Every Griddle-lover should chip in and get
Bob a blogspot blog.

What's that? They're FREE? Well then. Bob? Bob? Bueller!

Seriously, I'll miss the Griddle a lot.

2009-02-02 23:20:04
45.   Eric Stephen
Isn't that from game 6 in 2002?
2009-02-02 23:31:04
46.   Bob Timmermann
Indeed, just a few minutes away from the happiest 20 minutes of my life.
2009-02-03 00:00:55
47.   Johnny Nucleo
The Griddle will live forever in the annals of awesomeness.

Tears in the rain .

Fabulous work Bob. Many fond memories.

2009-02-03 00:05:14
48.   Eric Enders
I figured the photo was obvious enough that it didn't need to be identified.

You can keep the ball, Russ.

2009-02-03 05:51:57
49.   Shaun P
44 Here, here!

Bob, it somehow seems appropriate to find out you're retiring on the day I get the new "Car Talk Puzzler" in my inbox, and the question is: What are the 5 ways a batter can reach first base without swinging the bat?

If it wasn't for you, I would never have the fifth of the five: catcher's interference. You will be sorely missed.

2009-02-03 06:05:41
50.   fordprefect
What he said.

Recently caught some of the 2002 WS awesomeness over @ MLB channel. That was just one of many great moments.

The web may institutionalize certain forms of callousness, but here I found that because something wasn't obvious didn't mean that it wasn't very much appreciated.

Especially here.

So long Bob.

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2009-02-03 08:28:22
51.   Saburo
Aloha Bob. All the best...
2009-02-03 09:29:39
52.   Jacob L
Jeez, now instead of posting to your blog, I'll have to give notes to Jim to pass to you. Or I suppose I could come by myself. I'll be around the library a lot come summertime when I can get those delicious peaches on Wednesdays.

Good luck, and thanks for the Griddle. It was great while it lasted.

2009-02-03 10:29:57
53.   Sushirabbit
I'm sure we will see you around, just not in Delaware.
2009-02-03 11:12:20
54.   Inside Baseball
Say it ain't so Bob.
Then at least say never say never.

Thanks for the first course.

2009-02-03 11:24:56
55.   LAT
Well there goes my interest in the Ham Fighters. (greatest baseball team name ever).

I guess this means the Phillies wear the yellow jersey for eternity.

I hope you'll at least be guest posting at LATDT.

2009-02-03 11:41:18
56.   Bill Crain
It's a great day for the forces of evil.
2009-02-03 13:13:37
57.   chuie
And so Seth McClung gets to be the answer to that soon-to-be-classic trivia question . . . .

(Making toast on a griddle always seemed weird to me. Deep-frying your bread, now THAT'S toast!)

2009-02-04 20:09:28
58.   dorkball
timmerman-san, gokurousamadeshita. oyasuminasai.

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