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Yankee Spring Roster
Much of my love of sports was cultivated during late February visits to my Grandpa Nat and Grandma Mollie in Ft. Lauderdale, during which they'd take me to Yankees Spring Training, buy me a program and watch as I'd beg for autographs.
George Foster Card
In 1984 we took a family trip to San Francisco, and my parents humored me with a Mets-Giants game at frigid Candlestick Park. Before the game New York outfielder George Foster handed my brother David this card.
The Cheiftain
At Mahopac High School in the late 1980s I worked as sports editor of The Chieftain, the student newspaper.
CrossCountry
In 1989, as a high school junior, I landed my first-ever byline with the big CROSS COUNTRY SHIFTS INTO GEAR scoop.
Lacrosse
During my time as a high school sports editor I failed to kiss a girl or go on a date, but this shirtless beefcake shot suggests the myriad conquests to not come.
Summer of 1990
In the summer of 1990, before leaving for the University of Delaware, I worked as an intern at The Patent Trader, a weekly paper in Cross River, N.Y. My assignments included covering a cheerleading camp.
Mahopac
While interning at the Patent Trader in 1990, I was allowed to put together this story about myself and, um, pretend someone else wrote it.
The Review Editor
In 1993 I was elected editor of The Review, Delaware's student newspaper. I was legitimately awful at the job.
Larry King
In 1993, as a college junior, I attended an event at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington. One of the honored guests was Larry King, who stood across from me speaking to another reporter (but, importantly, it looks as if he's engaging with me).
The Tennessean
I made my professional journalistic debut in 1994, when The (Nashville) Tennessean screwed up and hired me to be its food and fashion writer. I knew little about either subject.
A's 2nd Baseman Frank Menechino
One of my career dreams came true in late 1996, when Sports Illustrated hired me as a reporter. Within two years I was covering the Majors and interviewing legendary figures like A's second baseman Frank Menechino.
A's 2nd baseman Frank Menechino2
We all have dreams. But only a select few wind up interviewing A's pitcher Jim Mecir inside an empty Oakland clubhouse?
Rocker Controversy
When my John Rocker profile appeared in Sports Illustrated toward the end of 1999, my career forever changed. As did Rocker's.
9RockerControReplace
That's me, in the idiotic Kangol hat, one of many reporters surrounding Braves pitcher John Rocker during the 1999 NLCS at Shea Stadium.
The Great American Grovel
Tired of sports, I left Sports Illustrated for Newsday in 2003. My new job involved all sorts of creative and fun storytelling.
Proudest Moment
I have never enjoyed writing as much as I do books.
Lakeview Echoes
Back in 1982, when I was a 10-year-old student at Lakeview Elementary in Mahopac, N.Y., I made my writing debut as a staffer with the Lakeview Echoes.
Yankee Spring Roster
Much of my love of sports was cultivated during late February visits to my Grandpa Nat and Grandma Mollie in Ft. Lauderdale, during which they'd take me to Yankees Spring Training, buy me a program and watch as I'd beg for autographs.
George Foster Card
In 1984 we took a family trip to San Francisco, and my parents humored me with a Mets-Giants game at frigid Candlestick Park. Before the game New York outfielder George Foster handed my brother David this card.
The Cheiftain
At Mahopac High School in the late 1980s I worked as sports editor of The Chieftain, the student newspaper.
CrossCountry
In 1989, as a high school junior, I landed my first-ever byline with the big CROSS COUNTRY SHIFTS INTO GEAR scoop.
Lacrosse
During my time as a high school sports editor I failed to kiss a girl or go on a date, but this shirtless beefcake shot suggests the myriad conquests to not come.
Summer of 1990
In the summer of 1990, before leaving for the University of Delaware, I worked as an intern at The Patent Trader, a weekly paper in Cross River, N.Y. My assignments included covering a cheerleading camp.
Mahopac
While interning at the Patent Trader in 1990, I was allowed to put together this story about myself and, um, pretend someone else wrote it.
The Review Editor
In 1993 I was elected editor of The Review, Delaware's student newspaper. I was legitimately awful at the job.
Larry King
In 1993, as a college junior, I attended an event at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington. One of the honored guests was Larry King, who stood across from me speaking to another reporter (but, importantly, it looks as if he's engaging with me).
The Tennessean
I made my professional journalistic debut in 1994, when The (Nashville) Tennessean screwed up and hired me to be its food and fashion writer. I knew little about either subject.
A's 2nd Baseman Frank Menechino
One of my career dreams came true in late 1996, when Sports Illustrated hired me as a reporter. Within two years I was covering the Majors and interviewing legendary figures like A's second baseman Frank Menechino.
A's 2nd baseman Frank Menechino2
We all have dreams. But only a select few wind up interviewing A's pitcher Jim Mecir inside an empty Oakland clubhouse?
Rocker Controversy
When my John Rocker profile appeared in Sports Illustrated toward the end of 1999, my career forever changed. As did Rocker's.
9RockerControReplace
That's me, in the idiotic Kangol hat, one of many reporters surrounding Braves pitcher John Rocker during the 1999 NLCS at Shea Stadium.
The Great American Grovel
Tired of sports, I left Sports Illustrated for Newsday in 2003. My new job involved all sorts of creative and fun storytelling.
Proudest Moment
I have never enjoyed writing as much as I do books.
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