I've been a sports fan and a Mets fan for as long as I can remember. My dad use to take me to Shea Stadium in the mid-80's when I was a kid. Baseball is by far my favorite sport and so the Mets are my favorite sports team. Pro Football - Chicago Bears and College Football Miami Hurricanes. I follow the NBA but I don't have a pro basketball team. I am a fan of Georgetown Hoyas in College Basketball. I do watch and follow other sports like Golf, Tennis and Hockey but I don't have any favorite teams/players.
I started On The Black back in September 2008 as a way to just get my opinions out there about the Mets. Interestingly enough my first ever blog post was about the final game a Shea Stadium.
I started out the traditional/text route. And actually the blog was originally intended to be a general baseball site but as I began blogging more and more of my blog posts where about the Mets so at some point I just decided to focus on the team I love. Video came into play a few months after I started the blog. I just felt I needed a different way to deliver my content to try to stand out a little and video seems to be a good fit. It use to take me 4-5 times of redoing a video before I got it right. Now I do everything in one take. I wish I kept a lot of the old retakes. I could have made a nice blooper video LOL.
At least a couple hours every day. I try to do a video post 5 days a week but even when I'm not blogging I'm always interacting with people on Twitter and Facebook.
Between traditional media sites, blogs, twitter, facebook, etc... There is just way too much information out there and it's become increasingly difficult to weed through it all and find what you're looking for. I think the more successful blogs are able to carve out their own niche and are able to uniquely brand themselves. As a Mets blogger I try to follow as many as I can as a way to keep my ear to the street and make sure I keep my finger on the pulse of Mets fans but as a fan there are only a handful of Mets blogs I consistently read.
The process was very detailed. I had to write two different 500 word essays as well as do a video. Considering I'm a video blogger the writing was much more difficult for me LOL. I'm currently playing the waiting game, hoping to hear back from them soon.
My wife is a huge supporter of the site. She thinks it's pretty cool that the site has grown as much as it has over the last couple years.
It will be a little weird at first until I get use to it. Even though I watch a lot of baseball now, not just the Mets and know a lot about what other teams are doing it's still different when you have to sit down and put content down on paper or video. I'm looking forward to that challenge.
Yes, I normally play fantasy baseball and football although I am taking a break from fantasy football this year. After having 4 fantasy baseball teams last season I needed a little break, but I'll be back in the spring for baseball!
Since Jose Reyes isn't a Met anymore can I pick him? LOL nah, I'd want to interview Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. He's got such a unique personality and probably has a number of interests outside of baseball, I think I'd enjoy interviewing him.
I visit online newspaper sites but not the physical print edition. It's all about my iPhone and iPad to get news. Those devices are my number one source for information. I don't even watch TV for news anymore.
Vin Scully and the SNY crew of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez. Us Mets fans are very lucky to have great broadcasters on TV and Radio.
Besides Citi and Shea, I've been to the New and Old Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Park (Phillies), Petco Park (Padres) and when the Expos were still around I saw the Mets play them in Montreal. Other places I want to go include Wrigley Field, Fenway Park (Red Sox), Dodger Stadium (Dodgers), AT&T Park (Giants), PNC Park (Pirates) and Nationals Park (Nationals)
I've never been to spring training BUT I do want to go. Three things as a baseball fan I need to cross off my list. Attend games at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park and go to spring training.
I don't think I have a favorite. There are so many moments (good and bad) that stand out for me. Here are a few. -taking my wife (then girl friend) to see her first ever game. She wasn't into baseball before she met me, now she is a huge baseball fan and will watch games with me. -Watching Ray Ordonez hit a grand slam -John Rocker first game back to Shea Stadium after he made those racist comments -Dae-Sung Koo double off Randy Johnson -Last game at Shea -Going to multiple games with my dad when I was a kid
I wouldn't call myself an aficionado but I do like cigars and probably smoke 4-5 per month. From time-to-time I blog about cigars here: http://30nothings.com/
category/cigars/just something I enjoy doing..
Let me be clear: If you have Twitter and don't retweet #CalliesMetsProm, you suck.
For baseball fans, the gap from November to the end of February can feel like an eternity. But this past Saturday, the Queens Baseball Convention (QBC) at Katch in Astoria took the edge off for Mets die-hards.