By Mike Steffanos
I'd like to take a moment to let you know of some changes I'll be making in the way I do things in this space. Since there is nothing that really compels me to write about today, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk to the regular readers.
The readership of this blog has been climbing fairly steadily since I started it late last season, due mostly to the generosity of other Mets bloggers who were kind enough to link here. For some reason for which I still cannot come up with a reasonable explanation, right around the Fourth of July the traffic really started to take off dramatically. Before this starts to sound like bragging, let me assure you that we still receive a mere fraction of the traffic that the big boys get. Nevertheless, I'm busier than I have ever been answering email and comments.
I'm not complaining about that. Getting feedback from all of you is priceless. I live in an area where I have no close friends that are Mets fans. You all fill that role for me, and I'm grateful for that. I appreciate those of you who take the time to share your thoughts whether you agree or disagree with me. My one regret is that I often don't have the time to respond to you properly, though I still attempt to respond to everyone. Sometimes one of you writes a really great comment, and I'm in a rush and only have time to leave a half-assed reply. If that happens, please understand that it's not a sign of disrespect for what you had to say, or that I didn't greatly appreciate that you took the time to say it.
My life is going to be changing a lot in the coming months. I've been working out of my home in a small business with my brother for a few years. Last year I contracted Lyme disease and experienced complications. Like many small business owners I did not have health insurance, so I was unable to receive the expensive treatment for chronic Lyme.
[We interrupt this for a quick editorial. I certainly was at the stage in my business where I could have had health insurance, but I was one of those people who hardly ever got ill with even colds, and I took my health for granted. If you are reading this, and you are considering getting by without health insurance, and you have other options, please think again.]
Still, I'm making progress, but I'm not quite carrying my weight in the business, and it's not fair to my brother. We will most likely dissolve the company at the end of the year, because he'll do better on his own. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do, so we'll see how that plays out. I'd like to do something that's mentally challenging, but I was a juvenile delinquent back in the day and quit school was I was 16. That doesn't look very good on a resume. Still, if you're the managing editor of a major metropolitan daily and you are excited about the opportunity of grabbing a middle-aged guy with absolutely no experience, a GED and a year of community college (4.0 average, baby), give me a call at ... ah, who am I kidding?
Actually, I had one guy contact me with an opportunity to write for a living, but then it turned out to be one of those, "well, we can't really pay you right away, but..." deals. Hey, maybe 10 years ago I would have taken a chance or tried free-lancing. At this stage of my life I have absolutely no desire to be a parasite on Lisa.
Anyway, we're not sure what's going to happen, but we'll worry about that after the Mets win their third world series title. In the meantime, I'm able to spend more hours pulling more of my weight in the business, so that means less time for this blog. You may have noticed at the bottom of my posts I have added links to MetsBlog and Hot Foot. It's not that I believe you need me to tell you about the coverage of Mets news those two sites offer. I don't think I'm going to have as much time to spend on linking to other items of interest, so this is there to remind me that these 2 web sites already have that covered. I'd like to spend the time I have trying to write something original, and will concentrate my energies there. Of course, I will still link to other things I find interesting with whatever time I do have to put into it.
I'll keep doing game recaps, although I think I'm going to try to avoid writing any that are longer than War and Peace. (I notice I tend to do that more after wins than losses -- probably a reflection of the fact that I sulk like a 12-year-old whenever the Mets lose.) I'll try to concentrate more on thoughts on the game then long recaps of game action. I welcome any comments or suggestions from readers about what you'd like to see or not see here. I can't promise to act on everything, but I do promise to listen to any and all suggestions.
When I started this last year, and no one was reading it, I always reminded myself that we write for ourselves. Indeed, it was a very good therapy for what I was going through with my illness. Still, the fact remains that it's simply more fun to write when others are reading it, for that I am always grateful. Now enough about me and back to the Mets.
NY Times: Pedro
Ben Shpigel quotes Pedro on his performance last night:
The fact that I was able to strike people out, it's a sign that my pitches are breaking better and I'm getting there. I'm getting to where I want to be.
I hated to see such a good effort by Pedro go to waste last night, but you had to love what you saw for him. The last few starts before he went on the DL he looked extremely ordinary -- last night he was anything but.
Mack's Mets Notes: Starting Pitching Prospects
Mack takes a comprehensive look at the top starting pitching prospects in the Mets' farm system.
MetsDaily.com Blog: New Blog
John Strubel from Mets Daily has started a MetsDaily.com Blog. I've also added a permanent link to it under Mets Blogs.