About the Author: A.J. Martelli
First and foremost, I’ve been a Yankee fan since the day I was born.
I absolutely love writing and I am a graduate of Mercy College in New York (Class of 2010!) I majored in journalism at Mercy, where I was the sports editor of the student newspaper (The Impact) for two and a half years. As sports editor, I won two Quill Awards for sports reporting, given to me by Mercy’s media studies department.
The Impact also won two New York Press Association Awards while I was sports editor
Now that I have graduated college, I am currently working as a sports reporter for The Examiner in Westchester, N.Y., a hyperlocal newspaper. I cover high school sports for The Examiner and I’m paying my dues, in hopes of one day working for MLB.com. Yankee Yapping was featured on the main page of MLBlogs in 2010, so hopefully the “baseball brass” like my writing enough to one day hire me as a reporter.
In addition to the front page love from MLBlogs, former perfect game pitcher, five-time All-Star and World Series champ, and the 1994 American League Cy Young Award winner David Cone (now a broadcaster on the YES Network) has mentioned Yankee Yapping during the telecast of a Yankees-Blue Jays game, which is pretty cool.
To this point, I’d have to say the highlight of my career was interviewing New York Giants’ quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Eli Manning. I was blessed with the assignment of covering an annual golf outing which Manning attends, and I was able to ask him some questions in a media scrum, then write an article about the event. That’s the back of my head, next to the cameraman! …
I’ve gone on to interview Manning several times. On one occasion I asked him about Derek Jeter, and the impact the Yankee Captain had on his career.
I have to cite Buster Olney as my inspiration; he really is my favorite journalist in the sports world. I have been featured on ESPN Baseball Tonight’s “Chatter Up” segment twice and it meant a lot to me when Buster mentioned me by name on the show the second time. My insight has also been featured on the YES Network’s postgame show “Extra Innings.”
YES also used a tweet question of mine during the broadcast of a Yankees-Tigers game for their “YES Network Games” segment. I’ll admit, it was pretty cool to hear Michael Kay say my name during a game and try to answer my question.
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