Archive for: April, 2009

Apr 30th, 2009


Yesterday should have been the perfect day. TBF and I were out of work by noon, in the car with the sunroof open and driving to see one of our favorite people. The frosting on that cupcake was being able to listen to the Mets – a Johan start, no less – while we were on the road. Until, of course, the inevitable happened. Again. What made things worse was that we were heading for Philadelphia, and were going to be spending the next 8 hours across the street from Citizens Bank Park. Keep in mind, I haven’t been to Philly since the last time Bruce Springsteen played there – and the only reason I was there on that particular day was because we were SUPPOSED to have been watching October baseball.… [more]

Apr 29th, 2009


Wouldn’t you recognize that smile anywhere? –Courtesy Courtesy Grand Salami Magazine/Alan Chitlik “I just wanted you to know that I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and when you made that catch against Scott Rolen in Game 7 [of the 2006 National League Championship Series], I hated you,” the writer said. “But now that I see you every day and you’re smiling all the time, I can’t possibly hate you.” – From an article called Chavez brings smile, speed to Seattle — I am venturing into the land of the dragons today to revisit my youth by standing on the floor of the legendary Philadelphia Spectrum to watch some guy from New Jersey play guitar.… [more]

Apr 28th, 2009


[emphasis mine] Dear Mets Fan: As a valued Mets Season Ticket Holder, Plan Holder or Group Leader, the Mets are pleased to offer you an exclusive “Pre-Sale” opportunity to purchase single game tickets to 2009 Mets June through October regular season home games at Citi Field (excluding the Subway Series) in advance of the Sunday, May 3 general public sale. Visit starting Thursday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Saturday, May 2 at Noon ET, click on the “Pre-Sale” link and use the special password “COMPLETELY F’ING OBVIOUS” for access. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover will be accepted.… [more]


Apr 27th, 2009


[with humble apologies to the creators and those who don’t get it]… [more]

Apr 27th, 2009


Take a look at the sign that was confiscated from a fan at Friday night’s game: Citi Field Won’t Tolerate Even The Most Mundane of Heckling This is not about censorship. This is not a First Amendment issue. Let’s get that clear. I understand the Constitution of the United States, and that in a private facility like Citi Field, Sterling Equities is allowed to determine what we can and cannot do, and what we can and cannot say. They were within their rights to ask for that sign to be taken down, or for the fan in question to leave. It is, however, the goddamn stupidest, most moronic, idiotic, short-sighted, small-thinking thing I have ever seen.… [more]


Apr 26th, 2009




Apr 24th, 2009


We were happy to see that someone had taken the initiative and brought K cards to tonight’s game. They were sitting right across from us, and we admired their preparation and applauded their effort. Yeah, they were being taped to the flashing ad boards, but there are hundreds of feet of those damn things, they don’t provide any information in that location, just ads, and there is nowhere else to do this. This was part of the reason TBF and I deliberately got tickets in the front row of the upper deck for a Johan start last year, because we feared it would be the last time we would ever be able to do something like that.… [more]


Apr 24th, 2009

15 OUT OF 162. [4-24-09]

Somehow, I banished St. Louis from my mind on the way to the ballpark tonight. I banished St. Louis and Beltran not sliding and Murphy fumbling balls and the litany of Citi Field issues and tried, instead, just to go into the automatic pilot of It Is Friday And The Mets Are At Home. That means baseball. That means loading up the baseball bag, charging the camera, checking for pens and notebooks and getting the tickets out of the ticket book and checking the weather and all of that mindless minutiae, all of the things that are part of going to the games regularly.… [more]

Apr 24th, 2009


Today is Carlos Beltran’s 32nd birthday. Ron Darling will be signing his new book at Citi Field on Saturday, in the team store on the field level, from 11:30-12:30pm. This means you’d have to have a ticket for tomorrow’s game because the store closes the external entrance once the gates open. Yeah, you gotta buy the book, but you want to buy this book. (I will have my book review up over the weekend, finally.) “Ugly Betty” will be filming scenes at Citi Field tonight. In yet another network television realistic plot point, Betty is on a date at Citi Field in the Delta Club seats.On the other hand, at least they won’t be empty during the game tonight.… [more]


Apr 24th, 2009


That’s about as inspirational as I could come up with, given the current circumstances. See you at the game tonight.… [more]