Author Bios

Brian Joura – I grew up in Staten Island and went to the same high school that produced MLB pitchers Jason Marquis and Rich Scheid, the latter being in my homeroom class.

I followed Jim Valvano to North Carolina State but earned my degree from Guilford College. Previously, I’ve worked for Howe Sportsdata, Street and Smith’s The Sports Business Daily and SportsTicker. Currently, I work for a Division II school but my favorite gig is being a dad to my two kids.

Following the Mets all of these years has produced some famous highs and lows. I’m still convinced the Mets won Game 6 of the 1986 World Series because I sat completely still on the couch throughout the comeback, afraid to move a single muscle in case I might jinx the comeback.

While most Mets fans point to June 15, 1977 as the worst day in history, I’ve always felt that October 22, 1974 was a bad one, too. That’s when we dealt Duffy Dyer for Gene Clines. It still hurts.

 

Charlie Hangley – I was born right before Casey Stengel retired.  As an 8-year-old in 1973, I attended my first game at Shea Stadium – a one-hit shutout loss at the hands of the Braves’ Ron Schueler — and knew I’d found a home.  I have seen the good (1973, 1986, 1999, 2000, 2006), the bad (1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1991) and the ugly (too many to list).  I have rooted for the Mets faithfully for over 35 years and have no intentions of stopping now.

I live in Basking Ridge, NJ with my wife, Sarah, surrounded by Yankee fan neighbors.

 

Mike Koehler – Not sure how you ended up here, but thanks. It gets a bit lonely. I grew up an avid New York Mets fan; my first game was against the St. Louis Cardinals on Father’s Day in the early 1990s as a child. I went to the final games of the last three seasons at Shea Stadium. I was also in the nosebleeds at game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. You’d think I learn by now.

I’m a professional journalist by trade with a passion for sports, crime, science and hard news. My byline has been in Long Islander Newspapers, Editor & Publisher, Newsday and Anton Community Newspapers. These days I’m the communications director for nonprofit Vision Long Island.

Follow me on Twitter @TechieWriter

 

David Groveman – I am a lifelong met fan who graduated from the Met Message boards of ESPN to the blogging world.  I am a relatively optimistic blogger who isn’t afraid to take a leap into the whimsical, comical or laughable.  I follow the minor leagues ever Monday with statistical analysis and general statements about the health of our top prospects and surprise successes.  There’s no crying in baseball and I am going to always focus more on the reasons to smile.

 

Rob Rogan – I’m an IT Analyst by day and whatever-happens-to-currently-hold-my-attention by night. Originally from North Jersey, I’ve since lived in more places than I care to count. I find that Mets fans are a rare breed outside of the (true) Tri-State area, so the online community is generally where I discuss all things Mets. I’ve always enjoyed writing but, with my lovely wife as my muse, I’m finally trying my hand at putting it to good use.

 

Matt Netter – I was born into a family of rabid Mets fans and have been rooting for them since kindergarten. My best Mets memory took place in the living room of the Long Island house I grew up in. My parents were at Shea for Game 6 and I was jumping up and down screaming at the TV with my two best friends and my late grandmother, a huge Mookie fan. My parents let me play hooky to attend the ticker tape parade. I was 14. My room was covered with posters of Gooden, Strawberry, Hernandez and my favorite player Ron Darling. I was a pitcher on a Varsity team that went to the NY State championship and I was #12, then #15, just like Ron. Now my 9-year-old son is #15 on the PAL team I coach.

I’m a copywriter and creative strategist for a NY non-profit. I’m married with two young children and live in NJ. I also root for the Knicks and my alma mater Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Larry Smith – I am a semi-retired Optometrist (see my Twitter user name below for the tipoff) who has been a fan of the Mets from their creation in 1962. I have been married over 40 years and have two married sons, both Mets fans of course, and three grandchildren. My wife and I live in Saugerties.

Started playing in Strat-O-Matic baseball leagues in the mid 1970s and have been in one league continuously since 1978!

Have written humor articles for The Apple, The Real Dirty Mets Blog, and turned to more serious commentary at Mets Merized and now at Mets360.

I am a fan of the Mets, football Giants, Jets, NY Rangers, and the Knicks (ughh). I intensely dislike the Yankees and New England Patriots.

I invite readers to follow me at Twitter: @dr4sight

 

Mike Walczak – Grew up in N.J. and became a Mets fan in 1969. I still watch game five of the 69 World Series on YouTube. It really hurt when the Mets traded Nolan Ryan to the Angels for Jim Fregosi and see Ryan turn out to be the greatest strikeout pitcher in major league history with the Ryan Express. I played hundreds of games of wiffle ball and stick ball pretending to be either Nolan Ryan or Tom Seaver.

I love the Mets young pitching staff. The excitement reminds me of Seaver, Matlack and Koosman and should have been Ryan. But these Mets remind me of the old Mets because they have great pitching, but not a great offense.

I love baseball stats. I used to read the baseball encyclopedia for hours when I was a kid.

I have lived in N.C. for the last 25 years, but I still enjoy listening to WFAN online.

 

John Fox – On a warm summer evening in 1962, I attended my first baseball game at the Polo Grounds. My father and brothers and I saw a clash between the Mets and the Dodgers. Although it was a close pitchers duel, since the pitchers were Roger Craig and Sandy Koufax, you can probably figure out who won.

Since then I went to college and graduated from SUNY New Paltz, and was in the Air Force for four years. I have worked in several different fields including weather forecasting where I was heard on some radio stations for a few years.

It has been 43 years since I last lived in the New York area. I retired on 2014, and live in Tennessee with my wife Sue and one cat. Our adult children have long since moved out on their own.