Before we start, I have a confession to make: I'm a baseball reporter groupie. Baseball reporters have the best job in the world. They wake up in the morning, they go to the ballpark, they watch a baseball game, they interview baseball players, they write about said baseball game and players, they go home. Rinse and repeat. I can't think of anything better.
That being said, New York media is a fan's dream come true. Everywhere you look, there's another reporter writing about the Mets. They come from newspapers and magazines, websites and podcasts. They write series previews and game recaps, player features and trade rumors. If something happens regarding the Mets in some dark corner in the middle of nowhere, someone's writing has the story.
For me, and for other fans living far, far away from Flushing, online articles and tweets are the easiest way to get Mets news. And without sounding like a 90-year-old grandma who just discovered the internet, online game coverage is a godsend. If I can't be home to watch a game, all I have to do is check Twitter every few minutes for a pretty good idea of what's going on (even if the reaction can vacillate between over-the-moon excited and end-of-the-world depressed). Every hit, every out, every error, reporters from ESPN, MLB.com, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the New York Post, and so, so many more are live-tweeting the game.
We make fun of Mets reporters sometimes, for one reason or another. Sometimes it's well deserved. Other times it's because Twitter is just so very mean. But in all reality, most Mets reporters are really, really good at their jobs.
They write about Buddy Carlyle playing catch with a fan before each game and about Kirk Nieuwenhuis living out of hotels instead of renting an apartment and about David Wright putting avocado in everything he eats. They're little things, of minimal relevance to batting average and ERA, but they're things that make the players people instead of baseball-throwing robots. And reporters are the ones telling those stories.
Remember when Bartolo Colon hit a double last year? (Of course you do. If not, or even if you do, let's watch it again and again and again just because we can.) It was the hit that launched a thousand memes and a thousand more jokes. It was an event of such magnitude, such reverence, such beauty, that it couldn't be spoken of above a hushed whisper. But Twitter was abuzz for weeks. And as you can see from the screenshot, Mets reporters were on it.
Mets media is good, and perhaps more than that, it's thorough. Maybe it's because they're the best there is or maybe (more likely) it's because there are so many of them. But whatever the reason, these reporters let Mets fans follow along from anywhere on the globe.
In a somewhat related note: Pitch Talks is returning to New York for a night of Mets talk with Mets reporters, including Amazin' Avenue's Jeff Paternostro. If you're free on May 28, do yourself a huge favor and head out to B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan. I went to the spring training edition in Clearwater, Florida, and it was the best experience of my life (pro tip: If you want to see Sweeney Murti's eyes pop out of their sockets, ask him about social media). Amazin' Avenue also reviewed last year's Mets Pitch Talks.