Spheroid: Willie Ball
There were no bloggers out there when the Mets won their last World Series title in 1986, but Eddie at Willie Ball is one of many MLBloggers who are chronicling what they hope will be a way to celebrate that 20th anniversary in style this fall for Willie Randolph’s Mets. Thanks to Eddie for answering these Nine Questions, and just email us your own responses if you’d like to be a Spheroid as well.
What are the best reasons that other baseball fans should visit your MLBlog?
There’s a little of everything at Willie Ball. First and foremost, I’m passionate about the New York Mets and that much is obvious as I get caught up in the highs and lows of a season. Also, I’m a stat rat: One of my favorite things about baseball is a good statistic, and I try to find as many as I can for the blog. And every once and a while I may throw a Met poem or a good trade rumor up there for good measure.
Favorite team and why:
The Mets! My Dad is a big fan of the blue and orange and they’ve been in my life as long as I can remember. (Least favorite team: The Yankees. Sorry guys — I’ve inherited that too.)
If your MLBlog were any baseball player past or present, who would he be and why?
I’m gonna go with Jose Reyes. When he’s on the field and he’s running around smiling, it’s clear he really enjoys what he’s doing. I do get a kick out of this whole blogging thing!
How did you first hear about MLBlogs and why did you join The Show?
I first came across an advertisement for MLBlogs at mets.com. I figured I’d give it a try because I always wanted to write about sports. I work for a newspaper as an editor/designer, but felt I was missing out on something I always wanted to do because I wasn’t writing about baseball.
Favorite blogs of any kind, including at least one in the MLBlogosphere?
I’m a regular reader of some really good Mets blogs in the MLBlogosphere. Zoe’s Pick Me Up Some Mets! and John’s Wrightoholics sites are two of my faves. Cabby, a fellow journalist, is always informative at Inside Pitch, and Becky’s pretty passionate at All About the NY Mets.
What is something not on your About page that MLBloggers should know about you?
Hmmm…I like tattoos. I’ve got a couple and I’ve gotten my family hooked on them as well. If the Mets win a World Series perhaps a commemorative one is in order.
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
It encompasses two of my loves, writing and the Mets.
Your most memorable Major League moment(s):
The July 10, 1999, Subway Series game at Shea. I was at the game with my father. We sat in front of this Yankee fan who was talking trash the whole game. At one point he called Bobby Valentine an "incessant, repugnant rodent" or something like that. He was so irritating! The Mets scored two runs off Mo in the ninth to win it and shut that guy up. We laughed him out of Shea. The second was my bachelor party at Shea on June 11, 2005. Cliff Floyd hit a walk-off in the 10th for the win.
Celebrating a big Met win with the ones I love.