It’s All About Me

Enough with the Manny talk, the Citi Field sponsorship controversy, the Madoff Ponzi Scheme, and every other extraneous detail littering the Mets’ offseason.

Let’s talk about me.

For one, I encourage you to check out Kerel Cooper’s OnTheBlack website, which is one of the few (if only) Mets videoblogs out there. Kerel is way ahead of the curve with his motion picture blog, but that’s not the only reason to visit. Remember, today it’s all about me, and you can see me, me, me, as I participate in his Mets blogger roundtable, which was shot over this past weekend at Bobby V’s in Stamford, CT. OK, it isn’t all me … Andrew Vazzano of The Ropolitans, Dave Doyle of MetsReport.com, and Kerel himself discussed several issues facing the Mets this winter. Be sure to watch the entire video, or you’ll miss Dave’s argument why Barry Bonds is a better target for the Mets than Manny Ramirez.

Secondly, you should know that I’m part of the team that is putting Baseball Digest magazine online — BaseballDigest.com is launching on March 1. This project is taking up much of my “free” time, which is part of the reason I haven’t been posting here as often as usual. While we ramp up the “real” website, there is a simple placeholder blog in place to keep you up to date on the developments, and also to inform you of the internet radio show schedule. Ah, there is me again … I co-hosted the first-ever “Baseball Digest Live” show with Mark Healey on Monday, and you can listen to the archived podcast by clicking here or download it for listening later. The show is broadcast every day from 11am to 1pm, live from Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on 33rd Street in New York City. If you have never been to Foley’s, you MUST get there. In addition to it being an extremely warm, friendly, comfortable place to enjoy a pint, it also happens to be a baseball mecca, with so much memorabilia hanging on the walls and from the ceiling it makes your head spin. Oh, and it happens to be a popular watering hole among current and former MLB players, managers, coaches, scouts, and umpires. You never know who might drop in at Foley’s … and actually, that’s part of the mystique of Baseball Digest Live. Listen to the first show to find out what former Yankee All-Star happened to drop in and give us a quick interview. Hint: he was once part of a major trade, yet didn’t change uniforms.

Finally, if you didn’t see it yet, I did a two-part Q&A with Mike Steffanos over at MikesMets.com. Part one is here, part two is here. You must read both parts to find out what former Yankee 20-game winner and bestselling author I caught in a semipro league about a hundred years ago, and that pitcher’s most gritty performance. MikesMets is one of a handful of Mets blogs I read regularly, and I recommend the site highly. Mike does a fantastic job of writing on subjects that generally escape the mainstream, particularly with Mets history.

Wow, can you get any more of me, myself, and I? Written articles, radio, video … how else can I get your attention? Perhaps I’ll talk to Mr. Sandman, and invade your dreams as well.

Enough about me … I can’t handle an ego trip for more than a few paragraphs. If you’ve been reading MetsToday long enough, you know it’s not really all about me. It’s all about you, and the Mets, of course. I promise, no more self-aggrandizing for at least a few weeks.

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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.

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