Archive for: 2007

Oct 1st, 2007

MetsGrrl’s Make A Difference World Series

This post is actually not about the New York Mets, but I’m hoping you read it anyway. I’m joining the DonorsChoose.org Blogger Challenge. I don’t know if you’re familiar with DonorsChoose.org, but it’s an organization that facilitates fund raising for teacher-initiated projects in public schools. I personally think that public school teachers are 1) brave and 2) saints, and know how positively my life was impacted by great teachers who tried to make a difference. The entire fund raiser is facilitated through DonorsChoose.org. This is a small, modest fund raiser, with two projects that are 1) in Brooklyn and 2) involve baseball as a tool to help motivate students, and help them learn and grow.… [more]

Oct 1st, 2007

LAST TO DIE. [09-30-07]

The MG+TBF house was in a fever pitch from, well, the last pitch last night, and we were up early, at Shea just shy of 11, parked under Northern Boulevard for the first time in over a year. I wanted to wander around and take pictures, and hoped we could find the “Meet the Mets” camera and tell them, We know the second verse, let us sing! I want to say that people were cautiously optimistic, not quite ebullient, but hope. There was plenty of hope. There was a drop line at the box office, and plenty of people looking for tickets.… [more]

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Sep 30th, 2007

AND THE 2007 MVP IS…

The fans. I’m still not ready to write about today’s game, but I wanted to put up something, and what I decided I wanted to put up was photos of everything EXCEPT the players. We were there all season, giving the Mets the highest attendance record in the history of the franchise, and making them untold amounts of $$$$$ in the process. The fans, who were waiting in line, begging for tickets; who brought signs and banners and whistles; and, when they couldn’t get into the stadium, stood on the steps to the 7 train rotunda just for a glimpse of the field.… [more]

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Sep 29th, 2007

CHICO AND THE MAN.

Praise the baseball deities. It’s down to tomorrow. See you there. Sunday in the Upper Deck. Seems right and fitting, no matter how it plays out.… [more]

Sep 29th, 2007

SHUT UP

RON AND GARY! SHUT UP! SHUT UP NOW! … [more]

Sep 29th, 2007

SIGNS OF LIFE.

From Ben Shpigel’s blog in the Times: At the top of the stairs in the Mets’ dugout leading from the clubhouse to the tunnel, someone had framed a photograph of several players celebrating and wrote, “We Worked To (o) Hard, Let’s Finish This.” It was the Mets’ version of the “Play Like a Champion” sign in Notre Dame’s football locker room, complete with the suggestion, “Tap Me For Luck.” Well, it’s nice to see that someone actually cares.… [more]

Sep 29th, 2007

GONNA BE A LONG WALK HOME.

In the end, it was the right thing to do, not being there tonight. The front row of a Bruce Springsteen concert (and yes, we had our elbows on the stage) is the one place we are guaranteed to not think about anything except the Bruce Springsteen concert. It was good to see the band, it was good to hear the new and the old songs, it was good to see the people we only see in the parking lot of an arena before a Bruce show, it was good for TBF and I to be together at a Bruce show.… [more]

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Sep 28th, 2007

IRONY’S A BITCH.

Guess what showed up this morning: There was a moment of silence with me and the other Mets fans in the office.… [more]

Sep 28th, 2007

THE TOP 10 EXCUSES I HAVE MADE FOR THE 2007 METS.

From the home office in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, we bring you tonight’s TOP TEN LIST: 10. “They just need to make Julio Franco a coach instead of a player, and that void in the lineup won’t be a problem any more.” 9. “Omar’s not done making trades yet. He’ll pull some rabbit out of his pocket again.” 8. “None of the beat reporters speak Spanish fluently. How is it possible to be a baseball writer in 2007 and not speak Spanish?” 7. “It’s a cultural thing. We’re making assumptions about their reactions or attitude based on the white cultural hegemony.” (Yes, I really did say “hegemony.”) 6.… [more]

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Sep 27th, 2007

RUNNING ON EMPTY.

This is the part where I don’t know what to say. There is part of me that just wants to rant, and then I’m going to hear how I don’t KNOW what it’s like, really, and you know what, I know that I don’t know what it’s like. But that’s like telling someone who’s 22 that they’ll never see a truly *meaningful* Bruce Springsteen show, because after 1975, he just wasn’t the same. I’m here now. Now is what I know. If I was 8 years old you might tell me that I don’t know what it’s like but you wouldn’t tell the 8 year old that, you might do it in a kind way while you bent down to straighten their favorite Mets hat and wipe away that tear perched on their cheek.… [more]