I’ve known Rob Giancola since Our Savior Lutheran Pre-School back in the mid-80s. We became good friends during our high school years at Xaverian where every morning we broke down sports with our classmates in the cafeteria over powdered egg sandwiches and bagels. (It was an all-boys Catholic school at the time). We also bonded over the NBC Police Drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets” which featured Yaphet Kotto as Baltimore Homicide Lieutenant and all around good guy Al Giardello whose squad affectionately called him Gee. At Xaverian we took a similar approach calling our friends by their last names which is how Rob Giancola to this day is Gee to me. Gee’s friendship has meant a lot since those days and even though he’s a Yankees fan we make it out to the ballpark every year where we break down the action like we did twenty years ago. [Read more…]
My name is Rachel Greenhouse and I met my husband Cole Greenhouse online. We began talking and connected over our love of sports. Cole’s been a baseball fan for much of his life, while my fandom started in high school. I am a huge Red Sox fan, while Cole is a die-hard Cardinals fan. What a great rivalry! [Read more…]
I met Aaron Kessler last season in the Effectively Wild Facebook group. He was planning a ballpark road trip and I helped him with his itinerary in Cincinnati and New York. The timing couldn’t have been better as Aaron’s Cubs were on their way to ending their 108-year World Series drought. I enjoyed following his travels along the way. Hopefully my Mets can get their act together next season and challenge the Cubs for the National League Pennant. [Read more…]
I met Paul Rodriguez in the Ballpark Stampeders group on Facebook. Paul is a dedicated Milwaukee Brewers season ticket holder and all around nice guy. He plans on attending games in all 30 ballparks and has 11 left. Hopefully our paths will cross one day at a ballpark and we can compare notes. In the meantime Paul went Nine Innings with the Nerd.
I met Brian Yancelson in the Ballpark Stampeders Facebook Group. Brian is self described Orioles Fanatic and Baseball Enthusiast who manages to write for Sports Illustrated for Kids and his own blog Sports with Brian while balancing a full High School schedule. Modern technology lowers the barriers of entry for writers and Brian is taking full advantage. I look forward to following Brian’s career as he works towards his goal of working in a MLB front office. [Read more…]
1st Inning – When did you become a baseball fan?
2nd Inning – What was your first MLB game?
1998, Dodgers @ Cardinals, the year of Mark McGwire. [Read more…]