I’ve been writing for newspapers since high school and knew it would be my profession for the simplest of reasons: I wasn’t good enough to play.

Prior to New York, I covered the Baltimore Orioles for eight years, and before then the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, and briefly the Pittsburgh Steelers..

The most historic moment I’ve covered would have to be Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record and his lap around Camden Yards, and after that “The Drive’’ by John Elway. Covering the NFL back then, they let you on the field for the last five minutes of the game, and I walked the 98 yards behind the Browns’ bench. I must have learned three new curse words that day.

I had a lot of favorites growing up: Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose and Tony Conigliaro. Yes, I’m an old guy. Among my favorite teams were the Brian Sipe Browns and Kevin McHale-Larry Bird Celtics.

I’m a sports traditionalist in that I loathe interleague play, don’t care for the DH, and would like to see doubleheaders and fewer teams.

PERSONAL LIKES: Followers of the blog know I like the Rolling Stones and old movies, with my favorite being Casablanca. … Pizza and barbeque are my comfort foods. … I’m a World War II history buff and count visiting the D-Day landing beaches as one of the most emotional and inspiring things I have ever seen. … I enjoy old TV sit-coms such as The Odd Couple, Hogan’s Heroes and Barney Miller. … And, you can’t pull me away from “24’’ and Twilight Zone marathons. … In my brushes with greatness among non-athletes, I’ve met Paul McCartney, Ted Kennedy, Meatloaf and Donald Trump. No, I haven’t met any supermodels.

OTHER PERSONAL STUFF: I’m divorced and live in Connecticut. I got custody of an 18-year-old Maine Coon cat. … I like quiet dinners, travel and walks on the beach … ooops, that’s another profile.