I promised you a 'Get To Know A Blogger' series to help you learn a little about each of the writers here at SB Nation New York. Today, I have the first real installment. Real in the sense, that is, that I'm not interviewing myself this time.
Today, I have a Q&A with SB Nation New York contributor Jeff Freier. This is a great place to start since Jeff is the only writer here who did not have previous experience with an SB Nation team site. So, we all have the most to learn about Jeff.
Q: Can you expand on your bio a little bit and tell us about the sports writing you did before coming here? Do you have a favorite post of all time?
A: I had never written anything in my life prior to 2006 except for a few book reports, grocery lists and a couple of bad songs. That year I started writing recaps for the company softball team I played on, which were well-received because I mainly made everything up. In 2008, I was hired by Hot Stove New York.com when I decided I would try and make a little extra money from this new "writing down words about sports" thing I had discovered. A year later, I was recruited to do a little writing for Sports Radio New York.com also. And I was at both of those places until SB Nation New York. I don't have any favorite all-time post because as soon as I click "Publish" I instantly forget everything I just wrote (which is probably why I keep repeating myself).
Q: Which New York teams are you most passionate about, whether you love 'em or can't stand 'em?
My teams are the Mets, Giants and Rangers. I try to hate the Yankees but they've had so many players I've liked over the years (Babe Ruth, Bobby Murcer, Mickey Rivers, Celerino Sanchez) that it's hard. I do not like the Devils, though.
Q: Your favorite moment as a New York sports fan? Your worst moment as a New York sports fan?
A: My favorite moments should be the 1969/1986 World Series, 1994 Stanley Cup and all the Giants Super Bowls, or the memorable games I attended (the last game of the 1999 season for the Mets when they had to win to make the playoffs, the 10-runs-in-the-eighth-inning game against the Braves in 2000 and even a 19-inning game at Yankee Stadium in 1976), but attending the Ron Blomberg baseball camp when I was a kid was my favorite moment as a New York sports fan (I met Blomberg, Ed Kranepool and Willie Randolph!). Worst? The 2000 World Series and the end of the 2007 and 2008 Met seasons.
Q: What 'standing features' can people look for from you each week?
A: Player of the Week on Mondays, a quiz on Wednesday (with answers on Thursday) and The New York Week That Was on Fridays.
Q: Your favorite New York athlete of all time? Why?
A: Too hard to pick one. Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub, Mark Bavaro, Bob Tucker, Spider Lockhart, Jean Ratelle, Brad Park, Eddie Giacomin, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere. That list just means that I'm old.