Around Citi turns four, and what’s next

Around Citi turns four, and what’s next

Two years ago I had the pleasure to address Around Citi’s audience in advance of our two year anniversary as an independent website. Today, I am ecstatic to announce the site’s rebirth.

What followed in 2015 was simply remarkable for the site, and a year I will never forget. I had the privilege to receive my first credential with the New York Mets in Spring Training in advance of the team’s first World Series appearance in 15 years. Matt Harvey returned in dramatic – and emphatic – fashion, leading to perhaps the team’s most memorable ovation in recent memory when Harvey took the mound at Citi Field to begin the ninth inning during Game 5 of the World Series.

I had the pleasure of interning and working alongside the team at Newsday.com/sports, graduated from Molloy College with a degree in New Media (Stark considering I penned my first blog as a high school junior, what feels like a lifetime ago), and began my graduate studies at Queens College in Media Studies and Social Justice.

Writing about the Mets is simply a passion of mine that I don’t think will ever fully dissipate. It is my hope to rebirth Around Citi in 2017 as a platform for statistically-based analysis and research, original audio and video content, interviews with players and industry professionals, and relevant news (original when possible, aggregated most frequently). With that in mind, Around Citi will be undergoing some construction over the next few weeks as I work to redesign the website to be more contemporary and user-friendly.

I would lastly like to announce that I will once again be traveling to Port St. Lucie in February when pitchers and catchers report to produce original content. There are several projects that I am working on for the site this year, and I look forward to sharing them all with you in the coming months. I welcome all comments, criticisms, and objections, and hope to create a website where conversation is created — not ended.

Best,
Josh Chapdelaine
Around Citi founder