Everyone can jump on me for the short post if you want, but I will tolerate it.
I just wanted to say, officially, well, officially from me...welcome back Paul Thomas.
Baseball is such a game of personalities, and the A's have had their share. I became a fan when I was a kid because of the crazy uni's and because of Rollie Fingers. After reading the post about Bill King today, it reminded me that this game is about the personalities. And for the three years I have been a part of AN, people like Pam, Nico, Blez, Monkeyball have become these familiar "faces", like Norm at Cheers, but online.
And of all these characters, "PT" has always been a favorite of mine. Not for what he says, because he is usually wrong (JUST messing with you) but the way he says it, his usually well-thought out opinions and the passion he has for the game and our team. When I recently discovered he was just a young man, I had to laugh, because I always envisioned him some cantankerous older fart in Portland. Don't ask me why Portland.
Anyway, I just wanted to say welcome back kid, you were missed, and please don't go again (not in a Brokeback Mountain way...( not that there's anything wrong with that)). You are part of the flora and fauna that make this site a vital part of my daily life. And perhaps by making a fanpost, give others a chance to officially welcome you back.