Archive for: March, 2011

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Mar 31st, 2011

HAPPY OPENING DAY 2011.

No matter what team you root for, Happy Opening Day! Baseball is back!!… [more]

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Mar 30th, 2011

MLB ALIENATES 45% OF THE FAN BASE ONCE AGAIN WITH THE “MLB FAN CAVE”.

So apparently, there was some kind of contest somewhere, and the result was that two dudely dudes won and are going to be spending the season sitting in the old Tower Records (RIP) location on 4th and Broadway, watching baseball games and offering sparkling commentary and hosting special guests, in something called “The MLB Fan Cave“. Okay, whatever. It’s a dumb quasi reality show kind of concept, and MLB is trying for some kind of relevance in that space (I guess). This would be a dumb marketing stunt that would have been easy to ignore, if it were not for this: Right.… [more]

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Mar 29th, 2011

THOUGHTS ON THE TERRY COLLINS BLOGGER CONFERENCE CALL.

Today, Mets bloggers were invited to participate in a conference call with new Mets manager Terry Collins. It seems like we can’t turn around without being invited to a conference call these days, not that I’m complaining. This one was particularly tough for me because I had a big product launch at work which began at 2:45am this morning. I worked all weekend. I mention this because the invitation to participate came in the middle of all of this and I needed time to sit and think of a good question. Luckily, the new Mets Weekly came to the rescue when they interviewed players and asked them about Terry Collins, and Angel Pagan (among others) mentioned that he was a real “player’s manager”.… [more]

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Mar 29th, 2011

TODAY IN “ANNALS OF UNFORTUNATE METS SPONSORSHIP DECISIONS”.

The area formerly known as Mr. Met’s Landing has gotten a sponsor: I’m not sure I want to watch that promotional video. How did anyone decide that this was an okay idea that wouldn’t make the team the butt of yet another joke across MLB? OH WAIT I JUST DID THAT.… [more]

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Mar 28th, 2011

GUEST POST: THE DAY I MET DAVID WRIGHT.

Today’s guest post is from Metsgrrl.com reader Julia Quadrino. November 13, 2010. My mom and I were on our way to Chelsea Piers in New York City for baseball clinic taught by David Wright. To say I was a nervous wreck would be an understatement. I was shaking violently from the moment we left the house until the moment I saw David. Not expecting to win, I had entered a contest online to win a baseball clinic taught by David Wright. I was going to play baseball with a superstar watching me. I was by far going to be the oldest one there, being 15 now (I was 14 at the time I entered).… [more]

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Mar 24th, 2011

POST-SPRING TRAINING BLOGGER CHAT WITH SANDY ALDERSON.

I need to get some photos of Sandy Alderson, because I have none, and so I have to start every conference call post with a photo of Mr. Met. The transcript is up, so I will not give you the word for word; you can also go read my Twitter feed from 6:30-7pm tonight for highlights. It blows my mind that I get invited to these. Of course, it also blows my mind that my cat decided that the exact moment the call started was the right time to start ripping apart a cardboard box in my office. My entreaties that I was on a conference call with Sandy Alderson had zero effect.… [more]

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Mar 21st, 2011

DING, DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD.

Our long national nightmare has ended. Oliver Perez has been released. I don’t remember who was interviewing Cliff Floyd and when it happened, but I think Uncle Cliff hit the nail on the head when he was asked what he thought happened to Oliver: that the money went to his head. You can pinpoint the decline to that, to the intervention of THE GREAT SATAN himself, to the departure of Rick Peterson, to the WBC, hell, to Ollie getting married. If I had to be armchair quarterback I’d pick the money and the marriage. The marriage made him fat, the money made him complacent, and he never recovered.… [more]

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Mar 18th, 2011

LUIS CASTILLO RELEASED.

I don’t have a lot of photos of Luis Castillo, which will probably not surprise you. It surprises me a little, because there was that golden period when we all loved him (or a lot of fans did, anyway). He was Johan Santana’s closest friend on the Twins, and I always gave him some credit for Johan choosing to come to the Mets. I feel bad for Luis Castillo, because the wave of fan resentment was not his fault. It was Omar’s fault, for giving him that contract. He outstayed his usefulness. He became a constant reminder of the team’s mismanagement and bad decisions, on the field every day.… [more]

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Mar 15th, 2011

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER EPISODE OF “REALLY??” WITH METSGRRL.

Before we all go jump on the Mets, this is clearly the brainchild of someone at MLB, because other fans have gotten similar emails – Indians fans being encouraged to go to Detroit, Mets fans in Florida being encouraged to go to Mets/Marlins, in Chicago for Mets/Cubs, and a NC fan getting a note to go to Atlanta or Cincinnati. In this case, however, someone forgot the asterisk: “…and get your car keyed.” “…and watch the Phanatic go through those old tired routines of smashing the helmet of the opposing team.” “…and spend three hours waiting on line for a cheesesteak.” Sure, MLB, in this economy, the way to fill the ballpark isn’t discounts and reductions of service charges, it’s encouraging fans to TRAVEL!… [more]

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Mar 12th, 2011

“MR. MET’S LANDING”.

This just in: The Mets have also announced “Mr. Met’s Landing,” a new, specially priced area of the ballpark. Tickets in sections 338 and 339 in Citi Field’s Left Field Landing are $10 for kids 12 and under and $20 for adults ($20 and $30 respectively for four Marquee dates). Mr. Met will visit both sections during every home Mets game. For a family of four – two adults and two children – the real price of this section will be $81, because of the $4 per ticket and $5 per order service charge. (Yes, I am going to be tiresome about this this year.) More after the jump.… [more]

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