Five years and roughly 675 posts ago, I made my GetReligion debut on March 8, 2010.
In my introductory post, I wrote:
For a faithful GetReligion reader such as myself, joining the team of contributors is like a baseball fan invited to sit in the press box and share his opinions during the World Series. Although it's not quite in the same league as my beloved Texas Rangers, I'm a big fan of this weblog and its endeavor to pinpoint and expose the religion ghosts in the secular news media.
During GetReligion's 10th anniversary celebration last year, I shared my list of "Five things they didn't tell me."
But for my own GR-versary, the boss man Terry Mattingly — aka tmatt — suggested that I critique ESPN The Magazine's recent "Man in the Van" feature as a tribute to all 10 of our readers who care about religion and sports.
"Sure thing," I replied, welcoming any excuse to write about baseball.