Hey there! I’m Jimmy. I run the place.
The original version of this page read like a biography. Here’s where I was born, I lived here for this long, then moved here, then here, then worked here… etc. But it occurred to me that if you’re a first time visitor to this site, you don’t really care where I was born or where I went to school or where I work. So here’s what I think you need to know about me.
I’m a Christian. That word means a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me it means I’m saved by faith in Jesus Christ through grace and through grace alone.
I’m a husband to my wonderful wife Sara. A lot of guys will tell you that their wife is their better half, but in my case, that fraction is at least two thirds. I’m also a father to my son Mac. Sara and I only just met him, but we love him a lot already.
I love to run, for many reasons. For one, I love the feeling of absolute freedom that running outside by myself brings me. It’s freedom that lets me go wherever I want but also lets my mind be still. But the second reason I love running is that I love ice cream, and really all kinds of junk food.
I’m a baseball fan, and my team is the Cleveland Indians. (In fact, this site is named after a seating section in Progressive Field, the Indians' home ballpark.) I don’t love the fact that the Indians now have the longest championship drought in baseball, but I’m eternally hopeful that this year is our year, and I try not to take the losses too hard (although 2016 was pretty rough). In the meantime, one of my favorite things about baseball is that every stadium is different, and I’m on a quest to visit every ballpark in Major League Baseball.
Favorite restaurant? Cantina 76 in Columbia, South Carolina. Favorite condiments on a hot dog? Bertman’s Original Ballpark Mustard, and if you say “ketchup,” you’re wrong. Favorite restaurant chain? Chipotle, accept no substitutes. Favorite lunch? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but only if it uses Jif Natural peanut butter and Smuckers strawberry jam.
I have some strong opinions: about hot dog condiments, peanut butter brands, movies, their scores, and more. I love
arguing talking about them, especially if they’re on topics like peanut butter brands that most people find silly or meaningless. But I also love discussions about more important topics, and I take pride in the fact that my mind can be changed.
I’ll write about both kinds of topics on Section 411. No matter what I’m writing about, please send your feedback, your counter arguments, or your hot takes. I can’t guarantee I’ll agree with them, but I’ll certainly read them with an open mind.
Thanks for visiting and reading. Hope you enjoy.