Brian Joura – I grew up on 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.
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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 every 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 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, 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 10-year-old son is #15 on the PAL team I coach.
I’m an advertising copywriter and graduate student, married with two young children. I also root for the Knicks and my alma mater Wisconsin Badgers.
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.
Dalton Allison – My father went to games at Shea Stadium when tickets were $1.00 a piece, and he instilled the love for the team in me. Although I have never been alive to witness the Mets win a World Series, I can’t wait to write about it when they do! I currently attend Sussex County Technical School, but I will attend Seton Hall University in the Fall of 2017 to study Broadcasting and Visual Sound Media.