December 30th, 2016
Last night before heading home, I had the chance to listen to the first ever edition of the “Orange and Blue Thing” video-cast. It’s hosted by two of the better guys that are frequent at Citi Field and on the Mets-twitter verse: Darren Meenan, the founder of The 7 Line, and Brian Erni, former writer for MetsBlog.com and a lot of other major publications.
The podcast is a pretty relaxed show, done in a kitchen-bar area of sorts, with Mets memorabilia hanging and a beer keg is in between them. It’s not scripted and doesn’t have any “official” segments, and the production (done by Keith Blacknick) is fairly well done.
To start, there were a few “get-to-know” the host discussions, which were interesting, but what really turned me on was the conversation that ensued afterwards. The dialogue was about how having too much insider access can ruin the whole Mets experience. For Mr.Meenan, he was talking about how his perception on Terry Collins’ in-game decisions has changed since Collins openly shows his appreciation for The 7 Line Army at outings, and how when speaking to guys that work for the Mets, their attitude and love for the team changes after clocking in and clocking out of Citi Field every single day. For Mr.Erni, who got the chance to cover the team in 2013, he shared his feelings about being an official “beat writer” as opposed to a fan, and how that changes your fan hood. All in all a very good discussion, and before I weigh my two cents in, here’s a link to the video-cast so you can see what I’m talking about:
First off, I have had such a small fraction of the experiences that Mr.Meenan and Mr.Erni have had, that it almost makes me incapable to answer, however, I have gotten some daily credentials and invitations to some events, and my perception and experiences too have changed.
When I met Wally Backman in 2015 in Las Vegas, he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and, of all of the coaches and players I’ve tried to get interviews with, he was the most accessible, even though everyone seems to have bad things to say about his personality on Twitter. Unfortunately, the opposite happens just as much, like the hosts allude to many times in the podcast. This discussion really did have me think what I want to accomplish out of this blog. I’ve been doing this since 2013, and as I get more opportunities by the year, I want to maintain that “fan persona,” where I want to get angry at Eric Campbell for making that error at third base, but when you see him calling his family in the clubhouse tunnel 2,000 miles away from New York, you start to have a different feeling for the player.
Anyway, to reiterate, this is a really solid podcast. It’s not guys trying to tell you what you can find in newspaper, it’s conversations based on Mets experiences, and it’s fairly relaxed, like a morning show at night with beer instead of coffee, which seems to make the show better for the viewing audience, as it’s more of a good easy listen. I look forward to the future episodes.