Archive for: September, 2010

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Sep 28th, 2010

SUMMER’S ALMOST GONE. [9-28-20]

I will admit that I had very little desire to trek out to Citi Field tonight. I watched the weather anxiously; given that at one point during the morning, it was raining so hard in midtown Manhattan that it looked like it was snowing, you can understand my reluctance to head out to Queens only to have to stand around for 40 minutes or however long it took before they called the game. I do not like the organization much these days and I certainly do not trust it to do right by the fans. But by the end of the day, the rain had stopped and I saw glimpses of blue sky.… [more]

Sep 28th, 2010

WHY DO THEY HATE US SO MUCH?

This was originally going to be a post about the Mets refund policy: there isn’t one. It used to be, if you bought a ticket to a game, and the game was called on account of the weather, you had a choice: exchange it for another game, or get your money back. When you go to 30 games a year, when you get those late season rainouts, you are grateful for the chance to just get some cash back in your pocket. The Mets don’t do that any more. You have to exchange your ticket. We have, theoretically, the ability now to exchange our tickets from last night for any ticket up until September 27, 2011.… [more]

Sep 21st, 2010

THE BEST COMMERCIAL IN THE WORLD.

If you watch the Mets on SNY, you have seen these delightful Citi commercials starring Baseball’s Best Mascot, Mr. Met: There’s one where he’s giving a woman a Mets-themed manicure, another where he’s at a bank and provides ID in the form of a baseball card, and another where he tips a street mime to make sounds resembling “Let’s Go Mets”. But the one above (which I taped on my phone) is the best one ever. These ads are friendly, personable, warm. They are everything the 2010 Mets organization is not. They are also better than any ad campaign the Mets have done since 2005, when we saw what Mr.[more]

Sep 20th, 2010

9/19 THROWING LIKE A GIRL: PLAYOFFS, PACKAGES & IMPALEMENT

Listen to internet radio with Throwing Like a Girl on Blog Talk Radio The Only Podcast For Baseball Chicks By Baseball Chicks continues its improbable reign, with a conversation regarding Tyler Colvin, Inez Sainz, Francisco Rodriguez and Wally Backman, and a whole litany of other fascinating moments. You won’t want to miss it. … [more]

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Sep 17th, 2010

BONZO DOG DOO-DAH BAND. [9-17-10]

For about five minutes there, it looked like it was going to be a fun little ball game. There were some hits, there was some hustle, and although Jon Niese wasn’t at his best, he kept getting out of trouble. That is, of course, until he didn’t, and a 3-0 lead became a 3-3 game, and then a 6-3 game, and that was about the time that I started playing with the white balance on my camera just to have something to do. That was about the time that the Mets turned into the 2010 Mets and rolled over and played dead.… [more]

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Sep 15th, 2010

HEY HO LET’S GO.

Separated at birth? [This placement wasn't intentional - I just wanted Timmy off of a lower shelf - but it is funny.] I was so looking forward to the release of the 2011 schedule. Planning trips to ballparks makes me happy, and given that there isn’t much else baseball related to make me happy these days (the resurrection of Nick Evans aside). But the schedule is terrible. Making things worse is how many road series fall in the middle of the week, requiring way too much time off of work. San Diego is paired with Arizona, and as much as I want to go to San Diego, I do not want to go back to Arizona, especially not in August.… [more]

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Sep 10th, 2010

DO IT AGAIN. [9-10-10]

I am opening this post with a photograph of Carlos Beltran rounding the bases, because everyone hates Carlos Beltran and I am tired of mindless irrational hatred. Because I love Carlos Beltran, and I will miss him when he is gone. It is my fervent wish that one day Carlos Beltran gets to play for a team and a fanbase who appreciates him. He is a phenomenal athlete. He is not a reprehensible individual off the field. He is deeply religious. He is shy. He plays hurt and he plays hard. He makes catches that seem easy because he is such a phenomenal athlete.… [more]

Sep 9th, 2010

TYRANTS AND KINGS FALL TO THE SAME FATE.

By the time I logged onto Twitter yesterday morning, there was a lynch mob in full effect. The mob was assembled as soon as it was made known that Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez did not attend the regularly scheduled visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center yesterday. But do you know what information was not made as widely available as the fact that they did not attend? The reasons why. Whether or not you think there is any valid reason, the fact remains that that information was conspicuously absent. According to David Lennon, no reason was given, the players just didn’t show.… [more]

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Sep 7th, 2010

THE FUTURE STARTS NOW.

In the post below regarding the Mets current desperation good-will effort to offer fans field-level seats to any game for the rest of the year, this comment struck me: When Citifield opened a group of 20 or so us who sat together on Sundays opted for the Promanade seats. We got a good section (517) but had to accept those terrible rows.For this year only 8 renewed. Next year none will. The Mets can do as many internet surveys and focus groups as they want. All they need to do is read that statement again. And again. And again. The truth is this: I am not renewing my plan for 2011.… [more]

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Sep 3rd, 2010

RACING TO THE BOTTOM.

If you heard last week’s podcast, Julie and I both insisted that our respective teams are worse than the other, and given that the Mets are in Chicago right now and about to play the Cubs, we decided to make it interesting. If the Mets lose the series, I get a Chicago pizza sent to my door. If the Cubs lose the series, I have to send Julie some real bagels. It seems a surer bet on both of our parts. Isn’t that sad? Have a great Labor Day weekend.… [more]

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