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Jonathan Mayo

MLB                              Senior Writer                   



What is the first thing that you wrote in a magazine or newspaper?

-Well, if you want to go back far enought, I had a poem published in a literacy magazine, Cricket, when I was in kindergarten.  I came in 2nd place.  I guess that started my writing career.  Professionally, my first job out of college was with a stratup newspaper called HER New York.  It was a paper designed to be geared toward women.  The first feature I wrote for them that I really liked was aon a baseball player, Julie Croteau, who was the first woman to play college baseball.



What do you like best about your job?

-I like that I get to write about what I love the most.  I've always had a huge passion for baseball and being able to write about it for as long as I have has been a dream come true in many ways.  Covering the Minor Leagues and the Draft no, I also lik getting to know the future stars before anyone else does and telling their stories.



What teams did you root for growing up?

-My heroes never came from the sports world.  I always admired - and still do - what they can do on the field, but I never thought of them as heroes.  I guess, growing up, my parents were my heroes more than anyone else.



How does someone become a sports writer?

-A lot of luck and a lot of hard work.  Seriously, it's a tough business these days with newspapers not doing so well.  But I wrote for my high school newspaper, then my college paper.  My college had a daily newspaper, Monday - Friday, so I really got to learn about putting the paper out every day (I was the sports editor for a year as well).  I fyou can get internships with papers or websites, it's a great idea.  Not only will it give you a resume builder, but it also will giv eyou good experiences out in the field and some good contacts.  That's the key - getting to know people in the business as much as you can, so that hopefully they can help you find where the jobs are.



What is the best game you have attended?  Why?

-I've been fortunate enough to cover some extremely memorable games, like the tied All-Star Game in Milwaukee or the one in Boston in 1999, when Ted Williams was there with the All-Century Team.  I've gone to a few World Series and seen some exciting finishes to games and seasons.  If I had to pick on game, though, it would be the Braves-Mets game on September 21, 2001.  That was the first baseball game in New York after the attacks on 9/11.  No one had any idea if anyone would even show up at Shea Stadium for the game.  But it was pretty much sold out and there was an electric atmosphere.  Mike Piazza hit a go-ahead homer in the 8th inning to giv ethe Mets the win and the place just rocked.  The hairs stand up on the back of my neck just thinking about it.