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 favorite player to root for is my 12-year-old son.
I’m a content manager and copywriter, married with two 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.
Jim O’Malley – I’ve been a Met fan since 1968 when my sixth grade class went on a field trip to Shea Stadium and my best friend, Richie cried because the Mets beat the Braves; I remember thinking that was cool. Since then, Mets baseball has permeated most aspects of my life, including collecting cards, yearbooks, and bobble heads and other collectibles. My final paper for my MBA was on the history of Collective Bargaining in professional baseball. My biggest choice now is whether to support Matt den Dekker or Tommie Agee for President in 2020.
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’ve seen the good (1973, 1986, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2015), the bad (1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1991) and the ugly (too many to list). I’ve rooted for the Mets faithfully for over 45 years and have no intentions of stopping now.
I live in Teaneck, NJ with my wife (Abby), 2 kids (Anna & Adam), 2 dogs (Nick & Hawkeye), 1 cat (Lily), and unfortunately surrounded by Yankee fan neighbors.
Jennifer Corozza – I hate to be a fair-weather fan, but my first real memory of being a Mets fan is Game 7 of the World Series in 1986. From then on, my family went to games at Shea sitting in the red upper deck seats. In 1988, I remember I had that yellow legal paper on the back of my bedroom door, where I would write their wins in blue and losses in orange. David Cone was my guy with his 20-3 record and 2.22 ERA. I was heartbroken when he was traded in 1993 and disengaged from the game for a good while. Starting watching more regularly in 2012, then 2013, with Dickey and Harvey, and, in 2014, learned to quickly love a skinny, long-haired pitcher with the best baseball name ever: Jacob deGrom. Been watching closely ever since and really can’t disengage due to social media all around us. It certainly improves my
day job of writing insurance appeals for a law firm. The NY Metropolitans: I will never truly let you go.