Spheroid: Pick Me Up Some Mets!
Zoe Rice is author of the hot chic-lit novel Pick Me Up, and this summer she has spun off her own popular MLBlog called Pick Me Up Some Mets! Now Zoe is also our MLBlogger of the Week, and at 10:20 ET tonight, you can watch her appearance in our MLB.com studios on MLB Radio‘s "Under the Lights" show. Here are her responses to the Nine Questions as today’s featured Spheroid:
What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your MLBlog?
I offer a different take on baseball — one that focuses more on the experience and love for the game than on stats and analyses. Pretty much nothing is off limits for Pick Me Up Some Mets! — whether it be news that (our dear departed) Xavier Nady and Pedro Martinez were dressing up as Cliff Floyd in the clubhouse, or reports from my own visits to Shea, or occasional updates about my novel. Also, I try to include fun pictures, and I’m hilarious.
Favorite team and why:
The Mets! I did not grow up in a baseball household. (Witness that my dad recently asked me who the coach was for the Mets, and I knew he was talking about Willie Randolph.) My boyfriend Rob — a truly devoted baseball and Mets fan — took me to my first game in 2003. Despite the team’s disastrous record that year, I fell in love. It’s almost an entirely different team now, and I enjoyed learning the ropes as Willie and Omar crafted the phenomenal group we’ve got today.
If your MLBlog were any baseball player past or present, who would he be and why?
I’d have to say Pedro Martinez — because he’s got the skill (and I am, technically, a professional writer), but more because he’s a clown and an entertainer. Sometimes it seems he’d do anything for a laugh! He’s got a quirky side I can relate to.
How did you first hear about MLBlogs and why did you join The Show?
You’d know the answer to this one! After commenting on David Wright’s blog, Mark kindly emailed me and invited me to join the MLBlogs community so I could offer a unique take on everything Mets but also blog occasionally about my novel. It’s fun to include some personal stories in the blog, and I enjoy when other MLBloggers draw from their lives as well. I don’t get to talk much baseball with my girlfriends, so this is a great venue for me.
Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere?
I’ve become "close" with other Mets bloggers Edward of Willie Ball and John of Wrightaholics, and I always read my friend Liz’s blog, Liz is Working –she writes a lot about her own favorite sport, competitive eating. Also, there’s my original blog, Real Girl Beauty, which is about as unbaseball as it gets.
I confess to a very uncool love of karaoke, and can occasionally be found holding a microphone at Planet Rose on Avenue A. Also, I have taught my cat Jasper to point at himself when asked: "Who is the MVP of cute?"
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What don’t I love about blogging? As much as I enjoy writing of all kinds, I regard blogging as my "fun" writing, where I don’t have to worry about editing myself or following a set structure. I get a kick out of being able to post pics and videos, and I like letting my personality out in my blog entries. Most of all, I love when people comment — when you write a novel, your reader is often anonymous, but that’s not as much the case in the blogosphere.
Your most memorable Major League moment(s):
There was a remarkable game against the Angels last year that Rob and I attended. We waited out the rain delay then watched as the team managed to tie the score in the ninth. In the 10th inning, my favorite player, Cliff Floyd, came through with a 3-run walk off homer. It’s still the best game I’ve ever been to — and perhaps ever seen!
Come meet Zoe at a reading from her new book, Pick Me Up, at 7:00 p.m. on August 15, at 7:00 p.m., at the Time Warner Center Borders store at 59th and Columbus Circle! Join her community at Pick Me Up Some Mets! and step right up to be a Spheroid here as well, just by emailing us your own responses to those Nine Questions.