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The Debut of Mike's Mets Interviews

Mike SteffanosSaturday, January 24, 2009
By Mike Steffanos

After about three and a half years of doing this blog, I thought that I needed to start doing some different things to keep the blog (and its main writer) fresh.

Interviews are something I've considered doing in the past, but I've shied away from them for a couple of reasons. The first was that I didn't want to do the same sort of interviews that all the other blogs were doing. Not that these interviews weren't good, but if someone else already did them what was the point?

The second was that I have no experience as an interviewer. While interviewing looks easy, it really isn't. When you're writing a typical blog post you are expressing your own opinions -- which I find rather easy to do after doing it for this long -- but when you're interviewing you are trying to facilitate the telling of someone else's story. At least for me, it's always the personal stories that I find the most compelling.

I'll be posting my first completed interview for this coming Monday with Mets Today's Joe Janish, whose personal story includes playing baseball at a high level, coaching, and even catching Jim Bouton for a season. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as I did when Joe and I were exchanging the emails that constituted the interview.

I'll weigh back in tomorrow with some thoughts on Freddie Garcia (thumbs up), Alex Cora (meh) and Rob Mackowiak (minor league contract). I hear the Mets might try to get something done with Perez this weekend, which would also be nice.

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About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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