Thank you for reading Mets Police.
Today the site turns six. I started the blog on April 15, 2008. I had wanted to start a blog about something to sharpen my new media skills, and didn’t really have an idea, and then the Mets annoyed me.
On that Jackie Robinson night all the Mets wore 42. But with no names on the back (NNOB is the uni-snob term.) I prefer NNOB as it looks much better, but if there is ever a time to have names on the back it’s the day when everyone wears the same number, right? So I fired off a blog post.
Mets Police became an extension of some emails I had been doing with friends for years. Some of the names may be familiar to long-time readers – Dan @dtwohig for sure.
There’s also a guy I refer to as Osh 41 who I now bust chops as The Chuck Berry of Mets Police. We might be the Rolling Stones but we sure borrowed a lot of things from Osh 41 especially the hatred of black uniforms and anything Seaver. There was a protozoan version of Mets Police in the schoolyard in 1983…and I wish we had written crap down along the way.
Keith aka @mediagoon is my cousin and he jumped on board rather quickly. I needed some backstopping and who better to trust than family.
The site really picked up with the start of Citi Field as people discovered those pesky obstructed views.
Section 504 Row 3. Not obstructed at all. It’s geometry. Back after this.
From there some fun ball-busting of Dave Howard. Then haunting about uniforms, nagging about Banner Day. The great press conference in which the Mets restored the proper uniforms AND brought back Banner Day.
It has been fun to watch folks react to the site. Some years (2013) I am told I am too negative. Some years (2012) I am told I am too positive and have sold out. So far this year I’m finding people really reacting angrily to my penchant for beating twitter jokes into the ground. (When is Terry going to start Lagares anyway?) Concurrently, people seem to really dig Halpert Face.
I don’t worry about it. I just write whatever is on my mind. I don’t like advanced stats, you do. (I agree with this guy.) I don’t kick my dog because you like OPS+ but I do like getting you going on twitter (@metspolice).
The site is fun to do. There’s less fan advocacy to do then there was at one point – which is a good thing! It means the Mets have gotten better at a lot of things. Remember when Citi Field opened and it could have been Mariners Park? Now it’s blue and orange and there’s a museum and you kinda know the Mets play there. It’s good that I don’t have to harp on that daily.
Blogger likes using images to get a reaction out of people.
The goal remains for the Mets to win the World Series while properly dressed. Then I will hang up a Mission Accomplished sign and pack it in (after covering the parade). Media Goon can then continue or not, that will be up to him.
Shannon Shark enjoys post World Series off-season
So thanks for reading. Thanks for understanding that this site is a hang. I’m the first to say it’s “stupid.” Plenty of fluff and silliness and minutia. It’s not for everyone. We had a million plus page views in the past 365 days (1,082,268 if you are curious). It’s not Mets Blog numbers but it’s a hell of a lot more than two guys in a school yard in 1983.
I’ve glad I have gotten to know you whether it’s in real life or on social media or at the Queens Baseball Convention which was an extension of this site’s vibe and yes it will return in January 2015.
Quick thanks to everyone who writes for the site: Goon, Verceman, the occasional Ceetar. Thanks to everyone who sends me submissions especially the regulars. Thanks to Matt Cerrone, Paul Lukas, Darren Meenan, both Faith and Fear, the bloggers I hang with, Adam Rubin and host of others who help the site’s visibility. (And apologies to whoever I forgot.)
Thanks to the Mets (specifically Shannon and Danielle) for having me over for dinner and being good sports to a major pain in the ass. No thanks at all to @lagranderusty. Thanks to everyone who hangs on twitter and gets the gags.
Now go win the World Series while wearing pinstripes or road grays so I can ride off into the sunset.