Archive for: 2012

Dec 23rd, 2012

Au revoir, R.A. Dickey

I know, I know: a new post on metsgrrl.com. It’s been a year of sadness and despair and disappointment and just plain nothing-ness on the baseball front. I went to Europe, I wrote a book, and did a lot of other things with my money besides spend it on the New York Mets. A terrible baseball ennui took hold of me in 2012 and very few things took me out of it. One of those things was R.A. Dickey. He was a reason I considered spending money on Mets tickets. He was a reason I sat and watched or listen to a game.… [more]

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Aug 15th, 2012

Congratulations, Seattle and King Felix!

Karma sometimes pays off; my friends who are Mariners Charter seat holders happened to be at the game today, not wanting to miss a Felix start in the sunshine — with a camera, because he wanted to capture the fist pump. It was a good day to be there. [more]

Jun 2nd, 2012

BLAME BELTRAN, OR: A TALE OF THE JOHAN SANTANA NO-HITTER.

It’s hard to know where to begin. As most of you know, I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up with all of this. As a result, I don’t have a switch in my brain that automatically goes on at a certain point in a game, I don’t think about it after the first out like TBF does, I’ve had to train myself to watch for it. Even then, tonight, it was the last thing I would have expected. I didn’t get out of work until 6:15, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it in time for first pitch.… [more]

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Apr 24th, 2012

JOSE REYES RETURNS [4-24-12].

My first game of the year was, not coincidentally, Reyes’ first appearance in New York City. Some people behaved well; some people behaved stupidly. Most importantly, Johan Santana pitched an absolute gem, and despite that, the Mets managed to win the game. Since we don’t have a plan and we’re not going to a lot of games this year, we splurged on good seats for tonight. It was nice to be on the field level for this game, although I have to say that in future we need to avoid sitting behind the dugout. I cannot deal with the incessant clamoring for balls.… [more]

Apr 5th, 2012

HAPPY OPENING DAY 2012.

Happy Opening Day! This is the first Opening Day in 5 years that I haven’t attended in person. I just can’t spare the vacation day. I thought it would be harder than it was, but it was okay, and I am glad to see that I am genuinely looking forward to Mets baseball. We took advantage of the “please please please buy a ticket from us for Opening Day” special which gave us free tickets for Sunday. So I will see the Mets and the changes to the ballpark before my first officially ticketed game on June 1. Things are quiet here because behind the scenes I am getting things ready to move to a new platform, and don’t want to also have to migrate a ton of new content as well.… [more]

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Feb 25th, 2012

METS 2012 TICKETS PRESALE CODE.

Hey, look, it’s a presale code for 2012 Mets tickets! Starting Wednesday, February 29th at 10:00 am, visit this page and use the code “HODGES”. I will refrain from my usual comments about how the passwords and presale process are so transparent as to be useless and fail at creating any kind of feeling of urgency or exclusivity. … [more]

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Feb 16th, 2012

A MONTREALER PAYS TRIBUTE TO GARY CARTER.

Years ago, years before I ever imagined I’d be writing about baseball, my friend Steph in Montreal was writing about it all the time on her web site. She wasn’t a baseball blogger, she just wrote about her life, and her life involved baseball – a lot of it. She would write about going to games with her dad and by herself and about the Expos coming into the restaurant where she worked, and at the end, the very end, she was writing editorials and letters to the editor about why the Expos should stay in Montreal. She was a huge inspiration to me and metsgrrl.com and was the first person I thought of today when we heard the sad news about Gary Carter.… [more]

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Feb 16th, 2012

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID.

RIP, Gary Carter.… [more]