"It is our objective to continue bringing the latest news, in-depth stories, and fresh perspective that you've come to expect from The Birdhouse," Mileur said. "The addition of Mattison to our staff will allow us to expand our already comprehensive and award-winning coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals."
The Birdhouse's Managing Editor Brian Walton likes what Mattison brings to the table for the minor league clubs, too. "I've been a regular reader and admirer of Dustin's work and can't wait for him to help us take our minor league coverage of the Cardinals' system, already the best anywhere, to an even higher level in 2007-2008."
A lifelong Cardinal fan that grew up watching and appreciating the style of play of the Whitey Herzog teams, Mattison introduces himself to his new, expanded audience.
"The first game I ever attended was in 1982, so how could I not have gotten hooked on this style of play? While other kids were imitating the swings of Rod Carew and Pete Rose, I was doing Jose Oquendo and Tom Lawless' famous homerun trot.
"I now have a passion for minor league baseball and try to attend as many games as possible. Unfortunately, there are no parks close to my home in Cape Girardeau. So most weekends that I am not on call, (I am a nurse at the two local hospitals) my family and I are on the road. Fortunately, I have a supportive wife, Christina, and two children, Anna and Zachary, who tolerate this passion and have developed an appreciation for the game as well.
"I started Whiteyball.com at the beginning of 2007. I figured everyone else was giving his or her opinion so I decided to give mine. That led to stadium features on Ballpark Digest and my work showing up on various other sites as well.
"I am excited about my opportunity here at The Birdhouse. It is known throughout Cardinal Nation that this is the elite Cardinal site and I can't wait to get started. I welcome everyone's feedback and feel free to contact me," Mattison said.
Please feel free to email Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org.