Merry Christmas from RR3. 12 comments

Happy Christmas to everyone who makes up the RR3 community.

This has been a trying year for me personally as well as for me as a Rangers fan. It’s demoralizing to go into a season knowing your team has zero chance at making the post-season and really slim chances of finishing higher than last. Now we will have back-to-back seasons like that to look forward to. If at times I have taken a less than positive attitude about our favorite team on this site, I apologize. It’s hard not to call them as I see them.

In April I walked away from my job of eight years. For the past two years, every six months like clockwork I was forced to lay off good, talented people. That specter was looming again. I couldn’t do it again. I couldn’t look good people in the eye and tell them, through no fault of their own, I had to let them go when the people whose fault it was got to stay. So, I resigned. I have been freelancing ever since, and staying afloat. I have not for one moment regretted my decision.

In October, I was rudely greeted with a sucker punch to the gut. I opened the morning paper to see my photo staring back at me in an article about registered sex offender and child pornographer with the same name. They ran my picture by mistake. The days right after that were among the most challenging of my life. I had to defend my honor with people I never would have thought would have believed that about me. But, I could understand it in a way. Creeps like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein have make the guilty before proven innocent mentality prevalent. In today’s environment, you are guilty as charged the moment you are charged. Still, it broke my heart to hear of a few friends who thought I was capable of doing such a thing. The paper ran a large retraction the following day but the damage had been done.

It’s in the hands of lawyers now.

Through it all, the friendships I have made through this site were a huge comfort and have kept me going.

Christmas Day is a time for reflecting on things that are good in your life. Thanks for being here. Thanks for coming. Thanks for contributing. Thanks for hearing out my opinion every day. Thanks for being mostly civil and decent and keeping this site a strong, tight knit community of friends who are always there.

Also, let’s remember fondly the RR3 friends who are no longer with us. They are missed.

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, have a great Christmas Day. And ignore the fact that the Rangers put a lump of coal in your stocking again.

  • Gregor_S

    Kevin, as much as I’ve admired you for your writing talents and your awesome ability to turn out witty and artfully composed pieces every day, I admire you even more for deciding to give up your job rather than lay off competent people to satisfy the greed of the less competent people above them. Very few of us would have the courage to do that. Freelancing obviously must be hard, despite the vast revenue stream you derive from running this site, but at least you can look at yourself in the mirror. Most of us when confronted with a similar choice would opt for security and turn away from the mirror.

    Anyone who reads this site would know that sex offender couldn’t possibly be you, so it’s shocking that a few of your friends in the non-virtual world could even for a moment believe otherwise. Best of luck in your lawsuit. Hopefully you will prevail and help to spare others from going through what you’ve gone through.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Kevin, anyone who’s read “The Midol Diaries” knows your great heart and goodness. Your love of family and people in general shines thru in everything you write and I expect also in the way you live your life. I’m very sorry for the pain this has caused you and your family.

    Now I hope you nail the the dumb asses in court and get enuf $$ to spend the rest of your life doing whatever you want … corporate, freelance, author … whatever makes you happy. This has to have been a horrible past few months. I think you are a man of faith and I hope this season of rebirth is a comforting and revitalizing time for you and your family who has borne this with you.

  • TD30

    Merry Christmas Rounders!

    • GoRangers23

      Merry Christmas to you too, TD!

  • GoRangers23

    Merry Christmas Kevin! I’m so sorry that you had to go through that! Here’s hoping that 2019 will be a super great year for you, to make up for the awful one that 2018 was. I truly appreciate all that you do every single day on this site! I pray that you will get so much business next year that you can’t complete it all. 🎁🎄⚾️

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  • elkaba

    Wow, Kevin, you have had quite the year alright! Sincerely hope 2019 treats us all much better but especially you!

    As for your sometimes snarky, less-than-cheerleader commentary, I think I speak for most on here in saying it’s one of many things that keeps us coming back for more. We can get sugar coated fluff and corporate spun candy anywhere (basically everywhere else.) Here we get the real deal, warts and all. Thanks for not making RR3 another pie in the sky, fluffy nothing of a read!

    As for your horrendous case of mistaken identity, I think we all need the reminder, and often, that innocence-before-proven-guilt is a founding cornerstone of our free society. It’s sad but true that times like you’ve been through bring out the best and worst in people, and we really do find out who our friends are. Hang in there (and good luck to your lawyers!)

    And in a broader sense, I think we’d all do well to embrace the true spirit of Christmas and remember that love is more powerful than hate, hope more powerful than fear and truth more powerful than superstition and lies. It may be a foolish wish, but I hope 2019 begins a revival of all our better American angels, not just innocence before proven guilt. I hope we see an end to chants of locking people up, an end to disinformation passing as and poisoning public discourse and an end to the constant drumbeat against this or that scapegoat group du jour. We are better than this.

    Happy Christmas RR3!
    (And all I want for Christmas is something better than last place this season!)

    • JacobMcCandles

      Thought you needed two front teeth!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kevin…I know you have been fighting that for awhile and I imagine it has weighed on you considerably.It sux being accused of something you did not do, while not on your level, trust me I know the feeling.Keep up the fight, And Merry Christmas.

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  • Nathan Whitten

    Kevin, I hate to hear how a good-hearted man like you was so badly mistreated. I don’t know you, but from your writing and responses, I almost feel as if I do. I don’t see how I can help you, but I will in any way that I can. I wish I knew how to send a personal message. At any rate, I know that a man with your character can not be held down for long. You were willing to give up your job for the sake of others. That makes you a special person. Very few would do that. I greatly admire you, but it does not surprise me. As I said, I feel like I know you. Your personality is transparent through your writing. Some would not like that, but I am the same way. It hurts me to read about these attacks on you. Really.

    I hate that this year has been so bad for you…I think of you as a friend. I would do what I could to help you, and I am sure most RR3 regulars feel the same way. It bothers me when good people get the shaft. I believe that the goodness in you will overcome the evil in the world. Keep your standards. They are very high. Don’t let these bad things get to you…but that is easy for me to say. I wish you the very best. I do not know your beliefs, but God became man so that He could save man from himself. It is clear that we have evil natures. But you are different. I don’t know why, but that difference makes you special. I think that you will be OK. Your character will overcome these attacks. God will help if you allow Him. Even if you don’t believe that, I believe that God honors good behavior and good character, both of which describe you.
    That Rangers seem pointless in light of what I just read. I do not see how you could keep your mind on MLB when your life is falling apart, through no fault of your own. I want the best for you, I will pray for you(and when I say that, I mean it), and I’ll do anything I can to help. Just tell me what it is. John Nathan (Nate) Whitten

    • JacobMcCandles

      Well done Nate and Amen.