It feels like it was just yesterday, but it has been a bit longer than that.
Thanks to my oldest brother Tim who kicked off this site for me, I was able to start blogging about the Mets and Giants when I was only 14 years old, beginning the Internet’s first Mets and Giants blog. I had always loved to write, so I thought I would try out a website for fun and see how it would turn out. I may not have the longest list of readers, but I have a committed crowd of followers who make their way to the site quite often. I have had my share of great moments with this website, including the time when I attracted over 300 readers when the Giants played in Super Bowl XLII. Regardless of the number of readers, I have been able to make MattTracy.com an enjoyable hobby of mine and an experience that I will never forget.
This website has helped me develop into the aspiring writer I am today, 568 posts later, and it couldn’t have been without the help of my family, teachers, and others who have encouraged me to continue to write about what I love. When I wrote my first post on August 13, 2005, little did I know that this site would spinoff into a resume builder. It helped me land a job as contributing writer of Baseball Youth, as well as Baseball the Magazine and sports clerk at The Daily Star. It certainly contributed to my acceptance into Ithaca College’s Sport Media program, and I hope to continue to be the author of MattTracy.com for years to come.
Now, I would like to give you a brief review of the site by showing some links of posts I have made over the years, with the very first one being my first post on MattTracy.com. You will notice a huge difference in my writing in the four year span. Feel free to click on the descriptions, which will bring you to the desired link location.
1. August 13, 2005 – Mets lose to Dodgers (MattTracy.com’s first post).
2. October 5, 2005 – Mike Piazza’s retirement
3. October 11, 2005 – Manning’s connection with new WR Burress in 2005
4. January 1, 2006 – Clinch NFC East division title
5. April 3, 2006 – Mets win on opening day at Shea Stadium.
6. August 3, 2006 – Mets forced to trade away Nady for Oliver Perez & Roberto Hernandez
7. September 19, 2006 – Mets clinch 2006 NL East title.
8. October 20, 2006- Mets knocked out of playoffs by Cardinals in game 7 of NLCS
9. December 31, 2006 – Giants clinch playoff berth as Tiki Barber keeps his career alive with over 200 rushing yards
10. April 9, 2007 – Mets win 2007 home opener vs. Philadelphia
11. August 21, 2007 – Retired Tiki Barber trashes former team
12. September 4, 2007 – Giants season preview
13. September 6, 2007 – Giants open 2007 season in Dallas
14. September 29, 2007 – Mets beat Marlins after 161 games to force a tie in NL East.
15. December 23, 2007 – Giants clinch playoff berth for 3rd consecutive season.
16. January 6, 2008 – Giants beat Buccaneers in Wild Card playoffs for first playoff victory since 2000.
17. January 13, 2008 – Giants beat Dallas, advance to NFC Championship Game
18. January 21, 2008 – Giants win NFC Championship, advance to Super Bowl XLII
19. January 30, 2008 – Mets acquire Johan Santana from Twins.
20. February 3, 2008 – Giants win Super Bowl XLII by beating undefeated Patriots
21. September 27, 2008 – Johan Santana pitches complete game shutout on three days rest to put Mets in a tie for Wild Card with one game remaining
22. September 28, 2008 – Closing ceremony of Shea Stadium and my memories of it
23. December 1, 2008 – Distractions don’t stop Giants from winning
24. December 20, 2008 – Media exaggerates Giants’ problems despite holding number 1 seed in NFC
25. December 31, 2008 – 2008 Giants similar to 2000 Giants
26. January 11, 2008 – Giants lose to Eagles in Divisional playoffs
27. February 26, 2009 – Bat boy for second time in three years.
28. All of my interviews over the years can be found here (Interviews include David Wright, Keith Hernandez, Moises Alou, Endy Chavez, and others)
29. April 14, 2009 – Mets play first game in Citi Field
30. June 11, 2009 – My stand on blogs: News is unnecessary
31. October 15, 2009 – Comparing the QB’s: Manning’s stats better than Brees (chart)