Archive for: April, 2010

THE FLOATING BASEBALL ARRIVES.

Apr 29th, 2010

2010 TICKETHOLDER GIFT FROM THE METS.

Success. While I believe this product speaks for itself, I will just point out that the fact that this has to be plugged in to work completely negates any carbon offsets the Mets received from not sending out printed media guides. Update: a kind Twitter friend posted a scan of the instruction sheet we didn’t have, which would have increased our initial chances of success, since it’s what we ended up doing to get it to work (finally).… [more]

Apr 29th, 2010

CITI FIELD GUIDE UPDATED FOR 2010 & NEW INSIDER GUIDE!

I am thrilled to have been able to update the metsgrrl.com guide to Citi Field for the 2010 season. I’ve also created a companion piece, The Citi Field Insider’s Guide, which offers my recommended way to view the ballpark. Obviously, no one who’s a regular reader of this site needs either of those two things, but they could help you out the next time a relative or coworker emails you saying, “So, I want to go to Citi Field next month. Can you tell me what to see?” Suggestions on enhancements or any corrections are of course welcome via email.… [more]

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Apr 28th, 2010

GOODBYE, DODGERS.

[Insert favorite joke about sweeping and brooms here] So the upshot of all of this happiness is that there is an email conversation going on regarding the household’s boycott of the City of Brotherly Love. As of last year, we only cross the Walt Whitman Bridge to see one Mr. B. Springsteen (and okay so I broke it to see Pearl Jam, but I have a really, really low fan club number and I was taking a girlfriend). The problem is that we are booked this weekend with various unresellable concert tickets (for things we actually want to see, like Exene and John Doe), and that tickets for CBP are no longer such a bargain, and also (to be honest) I do not want us schlepping down there and having our hearts broken.… [more]

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Apr 27th, 2010

FIRST DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP SINCE 1971.

Man currently shedding monkey on back. 1000! I know it is too soon. I know it is too early. I know all of these things and I don’t care. This team has finally stopped giving up, has found some fight, has found some way to pick themselves up and play decent baseball and win games. It’s the 20 inning game, it’s Reyes, it’s Ike Davis, it’s Jeff Francoeur’s arm, it’s feeling David Wright getting back into the swing of things, it’s Jason Bay’s mellowness, it’s catchers stealing bases, it’s an effective bullpen, it’s hits and walks and base stealing. It is watching a game without feeling like you need to cover your eyes and peek out behind two fingers.… [more]

Apr 27th, 2010

MLB BANS WRITERS FROM NON-BASEBALL TWEETING.

Updated with the final ‘official’ comment from MLB below. I hate to interrupt this block party we’re all having due to the way the Mets are playing lately, but this is kind of important. Tonight, word started to filter out that MLB had issued a directive that writers for MLB.com could no longer tweet anything that wasn’t baseball-related. The concern (according to Hardball Talk) is that the new version of Gameday displays Twitter feeds, and they didn’t want Tweets about writers’ pets, food, or favorite songs showing up in the feed. If that’s truly the case, then that’s a big copout, because they could just filter by username and hashtag to produce a writer-only feed, and if the hashtag wasn’t present, then filter it out.… [more]

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Apr 25th, 2010

BUCKETS OF RAIN. [04-25-10]

Mets v Braves 04-25-10 It is easy to hate on ESPN games except for one simple fact: they are the best games in which to find yourself an upgrade. We found Caesar’s Club Platinum for tonight on the secondary market for a very, very deep discount. There are seats at a discount because someone who bought the ticket for an afternoon game is probably not going to want to go to an 8pm game. Their loss is your gain. Be industrious. Be creative. We have done this before and it is always a memorable night – a crazy last minute trip to Philly in April 08, and another Santana start against the Dodgers that had us behind the dugouts at Shea for our first and only time, and a Johan start in September 08.… [more]

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Apr 25th, 2010

CITI FIELD “ENHANCING THE FAN EXPERIENCE”.

The headline of this post is Wilpon-speak for the much vaunted changes, aka “the stuff that should have been there the day they opened the goddamn ballpark”. You will hear Alex Anthony tell you about this multiple times over the coming weeks. There is even an informative Citi Vision film on this that you will see at your first game this year. (There is also an awesome Citi ad with Mr. Met, some of which I managed to capture on video). Let’s see some of the highlights, shall we? My personal favorite: THE ARPIELLE ADS ARE GONE, and we have an actual Mets logo on the scoreboard: After that, the liberation of the Home Run Apple to a place of prestige and, dare I say it, glory: [It's a crappy photo, I don't know why I didn't take one with the good camera, I'll get some better ones tomorrow.] The Ebbets Club is now the Champions Club, with appropriate imagery.… [more]

Apr 25th, 2010

THE CITI FIELD INSIDER’S GUIDE.

Citi Field is big, and there is a lot to see, and while I have written the definitive guide to the ballpark, there is still a lot to digest. So if I was taking you to the ballpark as my guest, here's how we would do things.

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Apr 23rd, 2010

RIDE LIKE THE WIND AT DOUBLE SPEED. [04-23-10]

Mets v Braves 04-23-10 You watch the games because that is what you do. When nothing else makes sense, when everything else has gone wrong, at some point in the day, 162 days a year, 9 guys run out on the field and play baseball. You watch even when you ask yourself why you bother, you watch when the team is so bad you can’t see how they will ever turn themselves around, you still find a way to show up because you don’t know what you would do if you didn’t. You yell and cheer and shout and throw peanut shells or pound on the back of the seats and you pray, you beseech the deities, you rave at the baseball gods.… [more]

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Apr 23rd, 2010

HOW TO FIX THE ATTENDANCE PROBLEM AT CITI FIELD.

Taken 4/19/10 Wednesday night was the smallest paid attendance figure at Citi Field since its opening. People are posting and asking and SNY is pointing it out, and I do not understand how it is so complicated. Pushing aside the fact that everyone seems to have forgotten that it’s April, and most people don’t go to April games unless they LOVVVEEEEE BASEBALL, attendance is down because season and plan sales are down. Attendance is down because the stadium is no longer new. Attendance is down because the team has been losing for a very long time. And most importantly, attendance is down because tickets are too expensive.… [more]