I’ve been reading Joe Sheehan’s work since he started writing for Sports Illustrated in 2007. When I was struck by the Sabermetric bug I discovered his podcast The Baseball Show with Rany and Joe and subscribed to the Joe Sheehan Newsletter. (It’s the best money I spend on baseball all year.) Joe was one of the founders of Baseball Prospectus, helping to bring the analytical side of baseball mainstream. Whether it’s lineup construction or bullpen use Joe is always up to talk baseball and was gracious to share his ballpark experiences in this edition of Nine with the Nerd.
1st Inning – When did you become a baseball fan?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t a baseball fan. I have vague memories of going to a game at Shea Stadium when I was three or four, although my mother said she didn’t remember that. I know I went to a Yankees/Twins game in the summer of 1978, because I kept the scorecard for a long time. The first season I really remember well was 1979 (when I was eight). I played baseball and all its city variants – a dozen or more, if I think about it – constantly as a kid.
2nd Inning – What was your first MLB game you attended?
9th Inning – What is your favorite ballpark memory?