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A baseline introduction

Jesse Spector

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Feb 27, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) waves to a group of fans during batting practice before the start of the spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
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Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Locked on Yankees.

That seems like a good way to start here, right, with a little twist on the words of the late Bob Sheppard? I haven’t recorded the first episode of the Locked on Yankees podcast yet, but I’m about to, and I’m excited.

Building things is fun.

I’m excited to be hosting a daily podcast about the Yankees. I’m excited to have this website to write about the Yankees. I’m excited to watch the Yankees in 2018 and beyond. I imagine that one applies to you, too, and if you don’t know me, maybe I can help you come around on the first two of those by letting you know who I am.

Halloween, 1985

That’s me, 32 years ago in Brooklyn, dressed as the 4 train for Halloween while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket. Full disclosure, I grew up a fan of both the Yankees and Mets, and I’m sure that it’s going to come up on the show, but my philosophy is to be a sports fan the way that makes you happy — there’s no set, right way to do it. When I got married to a woman from Massachusetts, we had table placards that looked like Yankees uniform numbers on one side and Red Sox uniform numbers on the other.

Anyway, I’ve lived my whole life except for college in New York. My first full-time job in journalism was at the Daily News, where part of the way I had broken in was by doing a “This Day In Yankees History” series during the 2003 season, the team’s 100th anniversary. I did a baseball blog and Sunday column called “Touching Base” there, up until they made me the Rangers beat writer in 2010. I moved over to Sporting News in 2011 to become the national hockey writer there, then got switched to baseball in 2013. I joined FanRag shortly after the 2016 World Series, and can also be found these days doing a variety of sports for a variety of outlets. It’s fun, and it means that I get to do a show like Locked on Yankees, which, like I said, I haven’t recorded yet, but I’m about to, and I’m excited.

You won’t see me write the word “I” this much around here, but this is an introduction, and it would be weird to talk about myself without it. Anyway, follow @LockedOnYankees on Twitter, and enjoy the show. It’s coming soon. There’s a lot to talk about, and if I keep blathering on here, I won’t be able to do it on the show. So, enough about me, let’s get ready to talk some Yankees.

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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