A fund accountant with Grassi and Co. since 2013, Kevin Martoken also is a passionate fan of New York sports. Kevin Martoken is particularly supportive of the New York Mets.
In Major League Baseball (MLB), games contested between various New York-based franchises make up a rivalry collectively referred to as the Subway Series. In 2000, the New York Yankees and New York Mets contested the first World Series entrant into the Subway Series canon since 1956. With a record of 94 wins and 68 losses, the Mets finished the season second in the National League (NL) East. The two-time defending World Series-champion Yankees, meanwhile, posted an 87-74 record, good for first in the American League (AL) East.
The series opened at Yankee Stadium with a 12-inning thriller. The Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to stave off a 1-0 series hole and eventually took the game 4-3. The second game seemed poised for a much less dramatic finish, with the Yankees entering the ninth inning up a commanding 6-0 lead. Despite the deficit, the Mets rallied to start the ninth, scoring five runs before eventually losing the game.
As it transitioned to the Met’s Shea Stadium, the series began in earnest. The home team scored early and late to win the third game 4-2. Hoping to even the series at two games apiece, however, the Mets quickly went down three runs. They rebounded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning, but the game would remain scoreless from that point, earning the Yankees a healthy 3-1 series lead. The Subway Series continued at Shea Stadium for game five, which remained close throughout. Tied 2-2 entering the ninth, the game saw the Yankees score two runs to start the inning and subsequently shut out the Mets to take the series.
Kevin Martoken, an experienced senior accounting professional and current fund accountant at Grassi & Co. in New York, maintains an active lifestyle outside of the office. Kevin Martoken belongs to a couple of New York City sports leagues, including a recreational touch football league and a soccer league.
Soccer has relatively simple equipment needs, and it is a great form of exercise for both kids and adults. The sport requires a high amount of continuous running from all players except the goalkeeper. During full games, many players run a total of 5-7 miles and maintain a high heart rate throughout the course of the game. Even running at a low intensity increases soccer players’ aerobic capacity and provides a range of cardiovascular benefits, including reduced blood pressure and plaque buildup in the arteries.
Playing soccer also regularly increases muscle tone and strength along with bone strength. Soccer requires a mixture of anaerobic and aerobic exercise and involves both fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibers, thus promoting muscle tone. Additionally, the lower body strength needed for jumping and kicking and upper body strength needed for shielding and executing throw-ins ensure muscles throughout the body are used and built up over time. Bone density also benefits from players constantly being on their feet, as the bones adapt to carrying the body’s own weight more effectively.
A financial professional, Kevin Martoken serves as fund administrator with the New York City firm of Grassi & Co. Physically active in his free time, Kevin Martoken belongs to both football and soccer leagues in the city.
Although many adults played team sports when they were children, the opportunity to engage in those activities typically disappears in the busy days of adulthood. Fortunately, as more people realize the benefits of physical activity, more adult sports leagues have formed. These leagues give members the opportunity to break out of a solo fitness routine and get exercise that feels like fun rather than work.
In adult league play, members build new skills or rediscover skills that they may not have used for some time. They learn or relearn the thrill of competitive play and the rewarding intensity of practice, while building the team communication skills that have become so essential in the contemporary workplace. Similarly, the adult league stands out as an ideal place to meet people and make new friends, a joy that can be otherwise difficult to find when enmeshed in the daily routine of adult life.