My name is Gary Cohen. Thank you for visiting The Baseball Cube. I'm a lifelong baseball fan living just outside of Montreal. I started the site in 2002 as a hobby. I've been compiling data for the last 10 years. I've spent 10 years trying to figure out how to best present it to the public. I suck at web design.
I've been in a long denial since the departure of the Expos at the end of 2004. My kids tell me I spend way too much time at my computer. This makes it difficult to get them away from the family computer or video games. "This is work" I tell them. "Baseball is not work" they reply. I have a day job. I have a mortgage payment. I have 2 cats. One of them loves me. The other one tolerates me. I have 2 kids. One of them loves me. The other one tolerates me. My wife tolerates me. I'm a big hockey fan and have recently become an even bigger NFL fan. Of course, I love baseball. I played first-base when I was younger. They called me "stretch" because I was tall and had soft hands. I could not throw hard and I could not throw accurately to other bases. I was a dead-pull hitter who had outfielders backing up. Free-swinger with good power. I'm not Dominican. Power is relative.
This web site is a one-man show. The only data not compiled by me is the Play-by-Play data that I sourced from Retrosheet. I'm a very fast typer. I brag about this to my wife and children but they are not impressed. I think I would be able to work in a courtroom as a stenographer but I imagine that by now, there is an app for that. I spend about 4 hours a night in my office sourcing data and programming it into the site. I have a tv next to my computer to watch sports and sitcoms. I'm not much for tv drama unless its from HBO or Mad Men. I don't have HBO though. Sometimes I'll sit next to my wife on the downstairs couch and watch a dancing or reality show. They make me want to cry. Except for the Amazing Race. I dream regularly about being on this show. In the dream, I'm always the one doing the hard detour while my wife watches. In real life, I'd be watching her.
This site has always been my goal in life. I don't know why. Its kind of a strange goal. I used to be obsessed with Baseball Registers and hockey guides. The neatness of the information. The amount of time you could spend getting lost in it. Its meaningless really. But it was candy to me. My next goal is to have TBC become my day job.
In my spare time, I am addicted to my iPhone. I do about 3 crossword puzzles a day on the NY Times Crossword app. I recently took up guitar with one of my daughters. She's twice as good as me but I can type a lot faster than her. I like jogging and I like chocolate. But I seem to like chocolate twice as much as jogging. I play fantasy sports year-round. Baseball, Hockey and Football. I make rash decisions and get frustrated easily. My trades are poor. My drafting is questionable. My free agent and waiver wire picks are magical. I get addicted to things. I am currently addicted to fantasy football.
My favorite players went from Tim Raines to Delino Deshields to Brad Wilkerson. My passion for baseball has changed over the years. The loss of the Expos cured me of an addiction but it created an unfilled void. I am trying to become a Blue Jays fan but have discovered you don't pick a team. It picks you. I love the Montreal Canadiens. Give hockey a chance. Its an incredible sport to watch. You don't have to be Canadian.
Enjoy the website. If you visit often, please support us by dropping a few dollars in the tip jar. The data doesn't magically appear on the site. Its put there by a really fast typer.
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