Archive for: Best Of

Mar 30th, 2014

Six years of baseball blogging in one book

I wrote about baseball for six years. SIX YEARS. Yeah, I can’t believe it either. And I remained astonished throughout the entire process of putting this together. I loved every word I wrote and I loved reading back through it all to remember all those years. … [more]

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Dec 31st, 2010

2010 IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR.

With time and distance comes peace and acceptance, or something like that. Here below are my favorite baseball memories of 2010: Ike Davis’ Debut “We Believe In Home Field Advantage” Beating the Yankees, especially Francisco Cervelli Visiting Target Field The “roadtrip” part of going to California & Arizona David Wright throwing me a ball during BP at AT&T Park before the game where we had amazing seats Getting Rob Dibble fired Mike Pelfrey & a puppy Baseball’s best mascot starring in the best commercial in the world My favorite Mets memory of 2010 remains the Jonathon Niese one-hitter. There was enough magic in that night to make up for a lot.… [more]

Jun 25th, 2009

THERE’S GONNA BE A SHOWDOWN.

I try to be judicious about what promo opportunities I pimp here, but there was so much unintentional humor that I had to post it. Plus, it’s in Midtown and on Friday, so the chances of people being able to check it out are higher than your usual activity. YANKEES’ JOBA CHAMBERLAIN AND METS’ DANIEL MURPHY JOIN DELTA TO SEND FANS TO THE SUBWAY SERIES FOR “FIRST CLASS” EXPERIENCE New York Yankee Joba Chamberlain, New York Met Daniel Murphy and Delta Air Lines are sending fans with the most team flair to this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field to watch the game in truly “first class” seats at the ballpark.… [more]

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Sep 28th, 2008

1: IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME.

I thought Brian Schneider was going to do it. I confess, at the end of the 8th I fell back into my chair, dejected. But a guy who came down the stairs to take a photo saw my face and said, “Cheer up, it’s not over yet,” and TBF muttered something about two outs in 1986. So I looked at the lineup and thought to myself, Okay, Easley can get on, and Endy can bunt him over, and maybe Church can just get HBP, which leaves it to Schneider, and he’s been having these wondrous inexplicable 2HR hits when no one expects it, he can do it again.… [more]

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Sep 27th, 2008

2: THE ACE OF SPADES.

“They’re throwing Santana tomorrow,” TBF said, shaking his head, when we got home Friday night. “Jerry wants to win.” “It’s a mistake.” “What would you do?” “I’d just follow the rotation.” I am too tired to argue that I am not sure that throwing Jon Niese on Saturday is the right thing to do. That I am sure that the announcement of Jon Niese on Saturday afternoon will engender the result of 55,000 fans standing up and screaming, “YOU’VE GOT TO BE FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME.” That the Mets have to win TOMORROW. Not Sunday. TOMORROW. Add to that the fact that.… [more]

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Sep 26th, 2008

4: GET UP

By 3:30 today, I was chain-drinking cup after cup of Yogi Tea Cold Formula, and people kept saying, “Why are you going?” and I kept saying, “I’ll just go and leave early if I feel crappy.” TBF brought orange juice and Gatorade and extra water and I had fleece and fleece and wool and wool and my magic offering to the gods, a navy blue plastic rain poncho. Early this morning I made the tactical decision to leave my sneakers home and wear my LL Bean moccasins, which are to wear in the snow, but are excellent for early spring days at Shea…or rainy September ones for that matter.… [more]

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Sep 8th, 2008

K CARDS FOR JOHAN.

It was a grand night out at Shea tonight, one of those classic late-season games that starts to feel like something else, ripe with potential and taut with anticipation. The weather was warm but not hot, cool but not cold. The crowd wasn’t the sellout a Sunday afternoon game would have been, but it was plenty full and wonderfully vocal, chanting “Let’s Go Mets” before we even sang the anthem. [the flickr set is here. Selfishly, TBF and I love the ESPN Sunday games, because it’s a buyer’s market, and you can get great seats for under face. As soon as the game time gets announced, we fly onto eBay and bide our time.… [more]

Aug 24th, 2008

TELEGRAM FROM ST. LOUIS

NIGHT LETTER ST. LOUIS, MO 08-24-08 DEAR TONY LA RUSSA STOP BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN STARTED ST LOUIS CONCERT AT 8:47PM TONIGHT STOP REPEAT EIGHT FORTY SEVEN STOP THE TICKET SAYS 7:30 STOP (YES I KNOW HE USUALLY GOES ON AT 8:15) STOP BECAUSE CARDINALS GAME RAN LATE DUE TO RAIN DELAY STOP RUMOR IS BRUCE WAS WAITING FOR YOU STOP PLEASE TELL ME THAT ISN’T THE REASON STOP I KNOW BRUCE ENDED UP PLAYING THREE HOURS AND 10 MINUTES ANYWAY STOP BUT THAT’S BESIDES THE POINT STOP WHAT TIME DOES THE BAR OPEN YOU SUCK STOP I HOPE WHOEVER STOOD BEHIND YOU SANG LOUDLY AND OUT OF TUNE ALL NIGHT STOP GO BREWERS STOP **UPDATE: Debunked by La Russa himself, although I find it hysterical that it went all the way from E Street Nation to the mainstream media.… [more]

Jun 10th, 2008

JUNIOR.

The first homerun I actively remember seeing was by Ken Griffey, Jr. It was in the Kingdome in 1995. I had been in Seattle for a little over six months. The startup I was working for had just moved from the marina on Lake Union to a building downtown. Our sysadmin was a guy named Steve, who loved baseball and the Mariners. He had season tickets right behind home plate, in the front row of the upper deck. When we moved downtown, we went from being 4 people and Steve to being about 14. And somehow the idea of a company outing came up and Steve suggested we go see the Mariners.… [more]

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Jun 2nd, 2008

TROLLEY DODGING. [6-1-08]

I was originally supposed to attend this game with Coop – who decided earlier in the week that schlepping back to Jersey after an 8pm ESPN Sunday night game was a little more than she could deal with. TBF, however, announced that we were going – later of course amending that to, “Well, if the Mets are going for a sweep *I* am going to go, and would very much like it if you would join me.” “Upper Box 22, row 1. $8″ he yelled at me Saturday night. “The upper boxes have no legroom in the front row and that’s too far out.” “Mezzanine Section 2 Row B, $15.” “Possibly.” “There are these field boxes on eBay that have no bids.” “Fine, let’s wait them out.” Of course, now that the Mets were actually winning games, nothing on the secondary market was staying not-bid-on for very long, and by 10pm TBF was scowling because Buy It Nows were no longer valid and ignored pairs of tickets were now up to $58.… [more]