Aug 17th, 2011

ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT AT CITI FIELD.

Call me cynical, but it’s hard for me to read about this and not think, “We just don’t have enough group sales to fill those crappy Big Apple seats so we’ll cave and do one of those social media nights that the kids are into these days.” For $41: Seating in the exclusive Big Apple Reserved section $18 food and beverage credit [so essentially your ticket is $23, which is about what the Big Apple seats are worth in my opinion] “Connect” T-Shirt and name tag sticker [Generic MLB shirt with Mets branding] Automatically eligible for in-game Twitter giveaways during each inning I hate the Big Apple seats and find them to be very, very overpriced, even with a $18 food and beverage credit (because they only do that because they hope that most people won’t use all $18 of theirs) and the rest of me says, “NO ONE ON AT&T WILL HAVE SIGNAL ANYWAY.” Let’s take a look at what other teams are doing for Social Media Night.… [more]

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Aug 10th, 2011

WEEK NOT GETTING BETTER.

From a West Coast correspondent: Carlos Beltran shirts in the AT&T Park store. It’s just wrong.… [more]

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Aug 8th, 2011

UNCLE.

Murphy out for the year, Reyes to the DL, and the New York Times with the breaking news that casual fans might not have a lot of reasons to go out to Citi Field. It’s not a lot of fun right now, I’ll give you that. … [more]

About Last Night

Aug 3rd, 2011

ABOUT LAST NIGHT.

I never keep score at games. I don’t do it mostly because I can’t take pictures and take notes during games and keep score (although I know people who do all of them). But I am tired of taking photos sitting upstairs. I have some sort of creative block that is making me bored in the extreme and I don’t take any pictures and then I go home and have nothing to work with. So I decided I would stop lugging the camera, and would instead bring the lovely scorebook I bought from Eephus League at the beginning of the season, which I have never used.… [more]

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Jul 28th, 2011

GOODBYE TO CARLOS BELTRAN.

My first encounter with Mets’ fans uneasy relationship with Carlos Beltran was early in the 2006 season. The game went into extras, everyone around me in Section 12 left, and I headed to self-upgrade myself to the Mezzanine Boxes. A few minutes later I was joined by half a dozen Latino kids in their late teens, who had snuck down from the Upper Deck. They sat there, laughing and punching each other, and yelling things at the field in Spanish. It was one of my classic “I hate that I live in NYC and don’t understand a word of Spanish” moments.… [more]

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Jul 19th, 2011

EL ESTA (STILL) AQUI.

Tonight is likely the last time I have watched Carlos Beltran play baseball in a New York Mets uniform. It wasn’t a bad last game. I wanted to take a million photographs and then just gave up. I just wanted to watch him play, watch him at bat, watch him in the outfield. I wanted to remember what it was like to hear his walkup music, watch him come out of the dugout, watch him stride over to the plate and draw that J in the dirt. I wanted to stand up and applaud him when he came to bat in that first inning, and I don’t know why I just didn’t do it, why I worried about blocking the view of the people behind me, and I didn’t want to get into a discussion about What We Will Get For Carlos Beltran.… [more]

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Jul 12th, 2011

ADIOS, FRANKIE.

I know I have better photos of Francisco Rodriguez, but it’s late and I was on my way to bed when the news came in. I picked up my phone to check something and there it was, the push alert from the MLB Trade Rumors app. I read it like three times, before I went to the physical website, and then I yelled, “The Mets Trade Francisco Rodriguez To The Brewers.” TBF: “Noooo! You’re kidding, right?” I read the headline again, and he came running into the room, where he then stood there reading over my shoulder as I read the story to him.… [more]

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Jun 28th, 2011

VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN, VOTE REYES.

Why are you not voting 20 times a day for Jose Bernabe Reyes? Even non-Mets fans love Jose Reyes: In Pittsburgh, the Pirates fan sitting next to me got up and yelled, “JOSE I HATE YOU” every time Jose was at bat. After he’d had a few beers, he confessed to me that he actually owned a Jose Reyes player number shirt. Mike Petriello, of Dodgers blog Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, stated, “Is there even a question? Hanley’s been awful, Tulo’s been good but not as good as usual, Starlin’s fine. Reyes is class of NL SS.” (Click through to see his awesome Twitter wallpaper that a Mets fan can definitely get behind.… [more]

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Jun 22nd, 2011

DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS.

My favorite minor league mascot, Ballapeno, welcomes Mets fans to Texas. Photo courtesy Allison Hagen of No Run Support Ballapeno is the mascot for the San Antonio Missions, the AA affiliate of the San Diego Padres – and has nothing to do with the impending road trip to Arlington except that they happen to be located in Texas. I have just been waiting for an opportunity to openly proclaim my love for Ballapeno. (Look at him dancing to Mr. Roboto!) I’ll stop now. Here’s my report on my trip to The Ballpark At Arlington from 2008. I am a big, big, big fan of this ballpark.… [more]

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Jun 17th, 2011

THE ANGELS REJOICED LAST NIGHT. [6-17-11]

Mets v Angels 6-17-11 It wasn’t a terrible game but everyone was acting like it was the worst game ever. Sure, there were errors but there were also just plain old balls that poor Justin Turner could not get to. Repeatedly screaming things like “DAVID WRIGHT WOULD’VE HAD THAT” if you’re wearing red and have a A on your hat with a halo around it, fair enough. If you’re wearing blue and orange, you’re just an idiot. I don’t know if it was the full moon or the rain delay but this crowd was cranky and impatient. The team was coming off a good roadtrip.… [more]