Mar 30th, 2014

Six years of baseball blogging in one book

I wrote about baseball for six years. SIX YEARS. Yeah, I can’t believe it either. And I remained astonished throughout the entire process of putting this together. I loved every word I wrote and I loved reading back through it all to remember all those years. So, just in time for opening day, you too can enjoy One Girl, One Team, One City: The Best of metsgrrl.com, 2006-2012. As the subtitle denotes, this project is ebook only, and right now only on Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, there are Kindle apps for just about every phone or tablet and you can also read on your computer.… [more]

Mar 8th, 2014

Book Launch Event, 3/12 in Brooklyn

Join me at “You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl” on March 12. I’ll be celebrating the publication of my second novel, “A Whole New Ballgame” 7pm at WORD in Brooklyn, along with my guests Joan Walsh (Splash Hit, Salon.com), Taryn Cooper (of Gal for All Seasons), and Diane Firstman (Value Over Replacement Grit), with Kimberly Austin of Rock Book Show moderating. Peanuts and Cracker Jack will be served! Facebook RSVP encouraged, but not required. See you there!… [more]

Feb 13th, 2014

Have You Heard, Derek Jeter Is Retiring This Year?

It is okay to not like Derek Jeter. I’ll actually go one further than that: if you are a fan of a team who regularly had to play and get beaten by the Yankees, it is okay to thoroughly hate Derek F. Jeter (the “F” is a long-standing joke in our house). I grew up in an era where you could like things and hate things. I loved Bruce Springsteen, I hated the Grateful Dead. I loved the Ramones, I hated Boston, Kansas, Journey, Styx and their ilk. Really hated them, with the fire of a thousand suns. I don’t like Dave Matthews and when he played at a benefit concert I attended, I went and got some garlic fries.… [more]

Feb 6th, 2014

WOR, Ralph Kiner, Tradition & the Mets

When I read the Daily News article about the Mets’ radio broadcast transition over to WOR, and how Ed Coleman barely made it over and Howie Rose was taken over ‘grudgingly’ and that Josh Lewin wasn’t a sure thing, and how WOR didn’t want continuity, none of it made sense to me. A good baseball broadcast teams are a thing held in reverence. Fans of other teams with inferior broadcasters who play the Mets openly confess to enjoying being able to listen to our TV booth or our radio team. Even fans who hate their team’s broadcasters admit that it would feel odd if they were gone.… [more]

Feb 3rd, 2014

My New Novel: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME

I’m proud and excited to announce the publication of my second novel, A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME. As you might have guessed based on the title and the cover, it has a baseball-related theme. A few years ago, an editor who had been following my blog contacted me to suggest that I write some kind of baseball-ish memoir. I wasn’t interested in writing memoir but I was interested in writing about why I loved baseball and how I got drawn into it. I started a short story and 12,000 words later realized that it was clearly headed somewhere else. It’s a story about baseball but it’s also about growing up and driving around and falling in love and taking chances and having your heart broken.… [more]

Sep 29th, 2013

Mike Piazza, New York Catcher

In my usual lament of all the things I missed because I came to baseball so late, the Mike Piazza years are definitely part of that recitation. I was only around for his last year with the team, but by the time the end of the season rolled around, I had figured out enough that I realized I needed to see his last game with the Mets. It was my first “this is an important baseball moment, I need to be there” decision for me, rolling up to the box office solo and picking up a seat in the upper deck.… [more]

Dec 23rd, 2012

Au revoir, R.A. Dickey

I know, I know: a new post on metsgrrl.com. It’s been a year of sadness and despair and disappointment and just plain nothing-ness on the baseball front. I went to Europe, I wrote a book, and did a lot of other things with my money besides spend it on the New York Mets. A terrible baseball ennui took hold of me in 2012 and very few things took me out of it. One of those things was R.A. Dickey. He was a reason I considered spending money on Mets tickets. He was a reason I sat and watched or listen to a game.… [more]

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Aug 15th, 2012

Congratulations, Seattle and King Felix!

Karma sometimes pays off; my friends who are Mariners Charter seat holders happened to be at the game today, not wanting to miss a Felix start in the sunshine — with a camera, because he wanted to capture the fist pump. It was a good day to be there. [more]

Jun 2nd, 2012

BLAME BELTRAN, OR: A TALE OF THE JOHAN SANTANA NO-HITTER.

It’s hard to know where to begin. As most of you know, I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up with all of this. As a result, I don’t have a switch in my brain that automatically goes on at a certain point in a game, I don’t think about it after the first out like TBF does, I’ve had to train myself to watch for it. Even then, tonight, it was the last thing I would have expected. I didn’t get out of work until 6:15, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it in time for first pitch.… [more]

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Apr 24th, 2012

JOSE REYES RETURNS [4-24-12].

My first game of the year was, not coincidentally, Reyes’ first appearance in New York City. Some people behaved well; some people behaved stupidly. Most importantly, Johan Santana pitched an absolute gem, and despite that, the Mets managed to win the game. Since we don’t have a plan and we’re not going to a lot of games this year, we splurged on good seats for tonight. It was nice to be on the field level for this game, although I have to say that in future we need to avoid sitting behind the dugout. I cannot deal with the incessant clamoring for balls.… [more]

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