In this weeks Around the League series, I spoke with Eric Simon from Amazin’ Avenue, one of the best New York Mets blogs on the net. Here is the first installment of our talk.
TNB: What was your inspiration in starting Amazin Avenue?
Amazin’ Avenue: Part of it was probably hubris, that I thought I had something interesting to say about the Mets that other fans would want to read. The biggest thing was that I was tired of relying on other people for my opinions about the team. Mainstream and talk radio coverage of the Mets never resonated with me, and I decided that if they weren’t going to raise the level of discourse that I’d have to do it myself.
TNB: What has been the most effective way in promoting Amazin Avenue, social media, etc.?
Amazin’ Avenue: We do a lot of things. Twitter and Facebook are important for promotion and reader engagement. We also have strong distribution partnerships through SB Nation which deliver our links to Google News, Yahoo! Sports, and others. The best thing we can do is write well, maintain our curiosity about baseball, and be intellectually honest in the way we cover it.
TNB: How has your blog changed you as a baseball fan?
Amazin’ Avenue: To some extent it has tempered my emotions about the Mets — the highs aren’t quite so high nor the lows quite so low as when I simply watched the game as a fan. However, it has strengthened my love of and interest in baseball generally, as it has led me to learn as much as I can about how the game is played, how teams are assembled, how decisions are made, and how the business of baseball works.
TNB: Where do you see the future of blogging heading? How much bigger can it get?
Amazin’ Avenue: Sports-wise, I think teams will have to begin identifying the credible, pro-quality bloggers and treat them like the critically important fan ambassadors that they are. This means providing broader access to players, facilities, front office personnel, and so forth, and recognizing that fan-centric bloggers differ from mainstream scribes in one crucial way: they actually care what happens to the team.