php1gna6uEverybody relax, I’m here. This is The Professor in the Pork Chop Express, and I’m talkin’ to whoever’s listenin’ out there.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you guys and ask for a favor.

In 2006 I started Rays Index with the intent that it was a trial run for a Bucs blog that fall. Three+ years later, we can’t imagine doing anything else. Nowadays, whenever I hear Dewayne Staats voice I get excited. I can’t help myself. I am one of Pavlov’s dogs and Staats is my dinner bell.

But a storm is brewing. When RI first started to gain a readership, we signed on for four seasons, with the intent that we would ride this train as far as we could and see how big we could build this website.

Last month we drew over 50,000 unique visitors with over 250,000 page views. I have no idea what those numbers mean, but it seems like a lot and seems decent for a website with one writer and for a website that is not piggybacking a large network. The state of the website is strong. But we can make it stronger.

Here is where I need your help…At the end of the year I will either resign with RI or they will trade me to a bigger market for a hot young writing prospect. If we are going to keep the status quo around these parts, we need to see just how big we can make this website.

The only way we can measure the success of this website is through readers. And we need more. Let’s see how big we can make this. Let’s see if we can show the baseball world that the Rays do have a strong and growing fan base.

All I am asking is that if you enjoy this site, spread the word. Tell your friends. Tell your relatives. Tell your dog. Heck, tell people you know that aren’t even Rays fans. Let’s see if we can convert them. If you go to the games mention the site to the people sitting next to you. Forward your favorite posts. Follow us on Twitter. Join our Facebook group. And as always, if there is something you would like to see that would make RI better, by all means, let us know.

In the end, we really want to keep doing this until we are Don Zimmer’s age…or the end of time. Whichever comes first.



  1. A.J. says:

    I'd just like to take the time to say that I have never commented on here before, but have been reading since the end of last season. This is one of the more informative sites I've seen. Keep up the great work. I enjoy reading this site.

  2. Charles says:

    Well, you know by my incessant posting and chiming in on Twitter (@humanbeatbox) that I love this site and point my baseball loving coworkers over here - even though they're Red Sox fans, they appreciate the insight into the workings of their biggest threat in the division.

    I guess all I'm saying is that if you get traded, if they get anything less than Chalk, Jen Sterger, Jessica and at least 2 or 3 major league blogging ready writers, then RaysIndex management got ripped off.

    • Dirtbag Fan says:

      Did you just say that Prof could be replaced by Chalk???? Whoa! Easy there cowboy!

      • Charles says:

        No no no! I'm just saying that if Prof has to be traded because a deal can't be worked out, Chalk and his list of 177 need to be included in the deal. But definitely not a straight-up trade. We'd need all that other talent as well to make up for the loss of Prof.

        • Dirtbag Fan says:

          I get it: Chalk and several other major league capable guys plus a handful of prospects and a few players to be named later as well as a future first rounder.... gotcha.

          Speaking of other writers; whatever happened to DRG, Prof?

  3. Corbitt says:

    I would suggest those with Rayshead shirts make sure them to games as much as possible, that's how I found out about the site. Now I read it nearly every day.

    And I must thank you, prof, for providing a site that's both informative and entertaining where most other Rays reading is uninformed or generic.

  4. Rayhawk says:

    I found this only this year, crap what great stuff ive missed. Has anyone noticed how "except for Brian Anderson" how much we miss Joe mcgrane......Dwayne is great but he still refers to a grand slam as a grand slam (home run), it is understood no need to have the dept of redundancy dept.

    I really miss Joe......:o(

    I love the blog, I cant go a day without picking a star of the day,


  5. MikeD says:

    this is the best Rays site I've found, and I thank you, Prof, for doing what you do. Might get a few page hits from this: and it's proof of your reach, I'd say

  6. Dirtbag Fan says:

    I spend more time on RI than I do on my own Rays' blog...
    First thing I do when I get to work is write-up the game recap on my blog, then its right over to RI to see if Prof sees things the same way I do... If RI goes another route it'll be hard to follow along... what would we do without showershoe fungus or playing a little pepper?

  7. Dan B says:

    This is by far my favorite Rays website. You do a great job Prof.

    Glad to see The Big Lead picked up your editorial on Percival. That link should drive some new traffic your way.

  8. Thanks for all the kind words guys...And Mike D, we have been on Deadspin and TBL more times than I can remember, but today was the first time ever that our server crashed. The site was actually down for about 10 minutes. Thankfully, we called somebody. They did something.

  9. bobrittner says:

    I have often expressed my admiration for the work you do on this site but will add my voice to the others now. I am not in favor of any trade. When you have a winner, you do not trade your stars for prospects, no matter how touted those prospects are. TINSTAABP (There is no such thing as a blogger prospect.)

  10. Justin H says:

    This is my favorite web site I check it everyday as much as I can hoping to get to read a new article about the Rays. I grew up in and have always lived in Boston, MA and go to Wheelock College which is in Boston. I have no idea how I found this site, but I'm so glad I did. I changed a lot of the schools computers home page to Rays Index. So even if the Red Sox fans I go to school with don't want to see the Rays, they're not going to have a choice. I used to switch it the Rays website, but hopefully if they stop to read it we can get some more followers. I'd love to get at least one more Ray fan at this school before I graduate, go Rays!!!!


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