Steve Popper started covering the Mets for the Bergen Record the day Willie Randolph was announced as the team’s manager in 2004. Earlier this week, he announced he will no longer be covering the Mets, but instead his paper will have him covering the Knicks.
Here is a quick Q&A with Popper about his time covering the team, what has changed since then, and what’s next for him and the team:
Matthew Cerrone: You started covering the Mets for the Record at the end of 2004 – which was one year after I started MetsBlog.com. What is the biggest difference
between the Mets (as a team, culture, etc.) in 2004 compared to now?
Steve Popper: I’d guess the real difference is the mood – within the organization and from the fan base. When I took over it was the start of the Minaya era. Willie Randolph had just been hired, providing a bit of swagger as a face of the franchise. David Wright was just starting up his first full season in the majors and Jose Reyes was pairing with him as a potentia...