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.
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 am currently a sophomore at Seton Hall, where I am a Visual and Sound Media major. At Seton Hall, I am the Assistant Sports Director/ Web Editor at 89.5 FM WSOU, the 2016 Non-Commercial Marconi Award winning Station of the Year. To pay the bills, I am a producer at Total Traffic Network.
Brendan Vachris – Growing up in David Wright’s backyard of Tidewater Virginia, I have taken great pleasure in witnessing the captain’s entire career. His first game at Shea was my second (my first I actually attended with a young Steven Matz), and I have been obsessed with all things Mets baseball for as long as I can remember. A student at the University of Virginia, I spend my nights watching the games on SNY and reading up on exciting advances in sabermetrics. The Mets have the most knowledgeable and passionate fanbase in sports, and I love being a part of it.
Chris Bisceglie – I was born and raised in New York City by a family of boisterous Met fans. I would watch every minute of the game, including the pre and post-game with grandmother, the single most passionate Met fan I’ve ever known. She taught me to love the team, through thick and thin. My father, brother, and cousins fostered that same spirit as we would spend countless hours analyzing the latest trades, assembling our ‘Love’ or ‘Hate’ list and making wild predictions for the club, although my fondest memories are of tailgating at the stadium.
I went to university at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken where I studied Civil Engineering and am now an Associate Director for a Construction Management firm in the city. A lot of my day is spent reading reports, communicating with our stakeholders, writing up directives or reading plans. I’ve expanded from the tabloids and have become fascinated, along with other fans, with how the game has evolved with metrics and shifting and batted ball speeds and angles. These are all different ways to enjoy and interpret the simple game that we love, and I’ve somehow stumbled upon a team from Queens to show me the way.