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The Rising Apple Staff


Danny Abriano (@D_Abriano), Editor (8/13/2012-Present):

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  My love for the Mets was passed down by my Grandfather. He was a die-hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan who adopted the Mets in ’62.  I’m a graduate of St. John’s University, where I majored in English and minored in Philosophy.  Aside from my passion for writing, I’m a drummer (since I was 3) and a pianist.  I’m a Beatles fanatic, into politics, and also root for the football Giants, NY Rangers, and Knicks.  I can be found on Twitter @D_Abriano.  My personal blog about the Mets can be found here: http://rationalmetsmusings.blogspot.com/

Michael Lecolant, (@BTB_mikeBHurst), Senior Staff Writer (4/14/2012-Present):

To my great delight, I live, work, and play, in Brooklyn. I am a U.S. Army Veteran; a Husband; and a Father. I did the white collar thing but traded it in for a blue one, so I could work closer to home and coach my son’s Little League team. Looking back, it’s one of the best decisions I ever made. But the point is, I am you. My name is Mike. And I am a Mets Fan. I’m a self-proclaimed pragmatist. But that’s ultimately for you to decide. My promise is to give you my best effort in presenting engaging METerial. I claim to have total Mets recall since about the 1974-75 seasons or so. And I know I’ll have to tap into many of those memories to touch a cord or two along the way. Like me or loathe me, I’d love to interact with you through comments and social media. You can find me on Twitter. I am also the author of my own personal blog; TheBrooklynTrolleyBlogger.

Sam Maxwell, (@convertedmetfan), Staff Writer (4/3/2012- Present):

Sam is, first and foremost, a storyteller. An aspiring screenwriter, he has written two full-length feature films. He fell in love with baseball when he was 13 and has not looked back since. He has a fascination with the history of the game, especially the long history of National League Baseball in New York. Focusing on the Trolley Dodgers of Brooklyn, Sam has created and is currently shopping BEDFORD & SULLIVAN, a period-piece television series about Brooklyn, its Dodgers, and how both were affected by the rapid transition into Modern America. A very confident gentleman, Sam is, however, uncomfortable writing biographical information about himself and speaking in the third person.

Will DeBoer (@WillDeBoer), Staff Writer (5/9/2012-Present):

I was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. There is no definitive baseball team to root for in Indiana, so I came to love the Mets through inheritance: my grandpa moved to New York City in 1951 and became a Giants fan, and my dad was born in the city and grew up on the east coast a Mets fan. He passed that tradition on to me, and the rest is history. Since about 8th grade I’ve known I’ve wanted to work in sports as a career – someday I hope to be the play-by-play voice of the Mets on either SNY or WFAN. Right now I’m at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, working on my degree in Communication and Political Science, doing voice work on college radio, and blogging about the team I love right here on “Rising Apple” and my own personal blog, “Midwestern Met.” What could be more Amazin’?
You can find me on Twitter @MidwesternMet and at midwesternmet.blogspot.com.

Kevin Baez (@Kev315), Staff Writer (5/30/2012- Present):

Kevin is a recent Master’s degree recipient in Sport Business Management, as well as a former intern at SNY. He is a life-long Mets fan, and his favorite Mets Memory: Attending New York’s first game back after 9/11, witnessing the symbolic Mike Piazza home run that helped heal the city of New York. Inspirations include pursuing a career in sport journalism covering MLB. Aside from his love of the game of baseball, he is a proud fan of the Knicks and Jets.

Rich Sparago (@Metfanrich), Staff Writer (11/18/2012- Present):

I’ve been a Mets fan since the early 1970s. I had the opportunity to attend all home games of the 1986 post season. Being at Shea when Orosco joyfully threw his glove in the air still ranks among my most cherished memories. I closely observe the machinations of the ballclub, as they aspire to once again sit atop the baseball world. I’m also a weather geek, and write a blog for WxEdge (affiliated with WTNH television in CT). When I’m not engulfed in the orange and blue, I follow the NY Giants and try to avoid losing every week with my fantasy football team.

Dan Haefeli (@danhaefeli), Staff Writer (12/11/2012- Present):

I was born and raised on the Jersey Shore. I wasn’t much of a baseball fan until college, at which point I fell in love with the game (and the New York Mets). Though my degree is in Civil Engineering, I deeply enjoy writing about baseball and delving into the statistical trends that may not be noticed while watching the game. Outside of the game, I’m a passionate football (NY Giants) fan, musician, and otherwise uninteresting mid-20′s guy trying to make it in central Queens. I’m on Twitter (@danhaefeli), and my personal blog is at http://flushingbynumbers.blogspot.com

Andrew Battifarano (@squidthoughts), Staff Writer (6/8/13 – Present):

Since I can remember I have been a passionate Met fan. The 2000 team dragged me in and now I’m hooked. I live in a baseball-centered household and played the game for twelve years, hanging up the spikes in the summer of 2012. Currently a sophomore at Boston University studying International Relations and Journalism and look to make a career writing about sports.

Shannon Finkel (@Miss_Met), Staff Writer (7/13/13 – Present):

I blame my dad for introducing the Mets to me when I was little — but it’s my own fault that I became a diehard at the end of the 2007 season. Great timing, right? Since then, I’ve completed many internships, including at SNY, MLB, and most recently, MTV, in pursuit of a career in baseball. I currently attend University of Miami as an advertising and marketing major and will be graduating in May of 2014. You can follow me on Twitter at @Miss_Met or someday find me on your TV as a sideline reporter for a Major League Baseball team.

Chris Schubert (@ChrisSchubert25), Staff Writer (10/3/2013 – Present)

Cassie Negley (@CasNegley), Staff Writer (12/11/2013 – Present)

Cassie is a journalism grad from the College at Brockport with experience covering sports ranging from high school to professional and some hard hitting news in there, too. Though her favorite sport now is baseball, she didn’t grow up with it. So when she earned enough money for her own TV as a teenager, she slowly but surely became loyal to the orange and blue. Because who likes plain ole pinstripes anyway? You can follow Cassie on Twitter at @casnegley.


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