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.

 

Joe Vasile – I am a junior Communication Studies major at The College of New Jersey concentrating in Radio/TV/Film.  I am the Play-By-Play announcer and producer for Widener University Football’s internet broadcast.  I also produce Lions Lineup, a weekly sports discussion show in TCNJ’s student TV station, LTV.   I am also the host of Political Discourse Fridays and Friday Night Rocks on 91.3 WTSR, TCNJ’s student radio station.  I am a lifelong Mets, Giants and Devils fan.  Follow me on Twitter at:

@JoeVasilePBP

 

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.

 

Julian McCarthy – From the time I could walk I have been a Mets fan, I have always enjoyed watching through the ups and downs (I have been alive for more downs than ups). A two time varsity award winner in Jersey for sports. I enjoy running and playing baseball, as well as soccer.

 

Dan Kolton – Being the only Mets fan in a Yankees loving family, it has been hard sharing my support for my favorite sports team.  But that’s OK…it builds character. I am excited to share my thoughts with the public.  I have witnessed both good moments in Mets history (e.g., every pitch of Johan Santana’s no-hitter) and bad moments, too (e.g., game 162 of the 2007 season, and the entire 2009 season).  But despite the occasion, I go into every Spring Training thinking “this is our year”, and walk out of every season by reciting the words of every Mets fan: “next year.”

 

Patrick Albanesius – I have been a Mets fan since the 1980s and have lived and died with them ever since. When I’m not following the Mets in far away Los Angeles, I am a writer, actor, and director. By day, I work at Classic Fountain Pens where, you guessed it, we sell pens. By night, I spend time with my wonderful wife Maddie, and our two felines, Catt Harvey and Maxie Scherzer.

 

Matt Netter – I was born into a family of rabid Mets fans and have been rooting for them since I was in kindergarten . I’ve seen great games at Shea, Citi, road stadiums, and Port St. Lucie, but my favorite 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 who was 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 8-year-old son is #15 on the PAL team I coach. This season I’ll get to teach the fledgling players how to pitch!

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