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 am the Sports Information Coordinator for a Division III 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.
Dan Stack- Growing up in the 80′s and enthralled with the game of baseball, I latched on to the Mets as they were kings of the city back then. With Daryl Strawberry as my favorite player, I grew to love and support the Mets through thick and thin. I have been writing with Mets360.com going on three years and it’s been a wonderful ride.
I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 minutes north of New York City, and I have a deep passion for sports and writing. You can also find me writing at BleacherReport.com, FantasyPros911.com and WeAreDePaul.com.
Follow me on Twitter @Stacdemon
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, writing and editing full-time for Long Islander Newspapers. My byline has also been in Editor & Publisher, Newsday and Anton Community Newspapers.
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.
And there’s probably a stack of well-worn 1972 Topps cards somewhere on that table, just out of view.
Of course, everything is different now, but not much has changed…
Steve Rogers – Life long Met fan, grew up during the mid-1980s, you know the rest! =;)
Follow me on Twitter @SJRMets
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:
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.
Spencer Manners – I currently reside in Westport, Connecticut. I’m a junior at Staples High School. As a young kid I loved watching baseball at all levels little league, high school, college and MLB. However, I found my love for the Mets in my earlier years when Pedro Martinez signed in 2005. Although Pedro’s career as a Met never really amounted to anything, I still attribute his signing to my love for the Mets. Still waiting for another season like ‘06. Two years ago discovered sabermetrics, and I have been hooked on using advanced metrics to evaluate baseball and especially the Mets.
Jim OMalley – I was born in Illinois and grew up in Massapequa, NY. Graduated Alfred G. Berner High School in 1975. Served three years in the Army Security Agency. Graduated Hofstra University with a BA in English in 1982. Graduated Adelphi University with an MBA in 1988.
I am married with three kids (all three are currently in college). Worked in the publishing business since 1980 and am currently an Account Manager for a large media company in Vermont.
I’ve been a Met fan ever since my sixth grade field trip went to Shea Stadium and we beat the Braves despite a Hank Aaron home-run. Favorite Mets memory is going to a game with my dad and sitting in the last seat in one of the mezzanine rows overlooking the Mets bullpen and Tommie Agee hitting a home run about 15 feet to my right (you could see the seams of the ball rotate as it got closer and closer). Avid collector of Mets memorabilia including cards, yearbooks, newspaper clippings, etc.
For relaxation and fun, I’ve been playing Rotisserie baseball since 1987 and am currently serving as Commissioner (“the Commish”) of the Massapequa Baseball League. I’m an ex-marathoner (and won the Otis Airforce Base Marathon two-years running – 1982 & 1983); I still get the urge to run a 5k every now and then. I’m a member of the local group, “The Valeros” and contribute rhythm guitar, vocals, harmonica, and an occasional original song (or two). Oh, and my St. Bernard and Maine Coon Cat keep me hopping.
Chris Schubert – Born and raised out in the heart of Long Island, I’ve grown up a Mets fan my entire life.
Sports have always been my life. I currently attend Arizona State University and am earning my degree in journalism with hopes of a career in sports radio.
The Mets have always been my number one team, in regards to all sports. In my short 18 years of watching the team, the hardest moment to watch this day is the Carlos Beltran at-bat against Adam Wainwright. I still cannot watch it without screaming at the screen.
But tomorrow always brings a brighter future, or so we hope.
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.
Sean Flattery - I grew up in the jersey suburbs of Clifton, NJ watching Met games in the late 80s when the team was at their peak. Baseball season continues to be my favorite pastime and a constant in my life. I’ve been a true die-hard fan through the good seasons as well as the bad. My favorite moment will always be the comeback in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I was sitting on my floor in front of the TV and experienced the invigorating transition from agony to ecstasy.
My passion for sports writing stems from over 25 years of reading sports pages in the daily papers to the blogs and sites I frequent today. I enjoy interacting with fellow Mets fans on the blogs and engaging in conversations with friends and family about the great game I love to love.
John Zakour – I am a humor / sf/ fantasy writer with a Master’s degree in Human Behavior. I have published 15 books ranging from science fiction to fun self help. I have written thousands of gags for syndicated comics and comedians (including: Rugrats and The Tonight Show.) I also write my own syndicated comic Working Daze for Universal Press and Simpsons comics for Bongo Comics. As a teen I was a mediocre American Legion pitcher and judo competitor. Today I play competitive pickleball and so tai chi as my wife (and doctors) insist I am too old for judo.