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Jul 19th, 2010

THE ARGUMENT. [7-18-10]

This was going to be a fairly boring post. It was going to consist of multiple lovely photographs of the various members of the New York Mets standing at home plate and swinging, and of Johan Santana throwing pitches. If I was lucky, I would have one or two baserunners crossing home plate, and hopefully at the end, some celebration shots on the field. Instead, the game turned into an extra innings drama that was for once not entirely caused by one Francisco Rodriguez. (Please note that ‘entirely’ there.) Between Frankie, Jerry Manuel, and Phil Cuzzi at home plate, it was a freaking soap opera being played out within my hearing distance.… [more]

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Jul 18th, 2010

THE COLDEST SUMMER I EVER SPENT. [7-17-10]

It was Tim Lincecum Bobblehead Day. There is some kind of San Francisco bobblehead mania this year, which meant that we turned up at AT&T Park around 2pm to find the lines already extending far off into the distance. Even if we didn’t want a bobblehead (fat chance), we had to wait on line so we could get in the park early, so we could see the actual park. It was hot. It was sunny. We couldn’t open our water because then we couldn’t bring it in. Luckily, the Giants sent vendors out to work the lines. You could buy water, ice cream, commemorative Jon Miller Hall of Fame programs, and fuzzy panda hats.… [more]

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Jul 16th, 2010

IT NEVER RAINS IN…

This was how I watched Carlos Beltran’s first at bat this season: Ensconced at Angel Stadium just behind the visitor’s dugout. The Mariners were in town, and although we were quietly rooting for the M’s to win, alas, it was not to be. You can read more about Angel Stadium over at All Down The Line. A few choice game shots follow after the jump, just because I can. Tomorrow we are at PETCO Park; tour in the afternoon, Padres v Diamondbacks (Dan Haren v Jon Garland). [more]

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Jul 4th, 2010

TROUBLE FUNK. [7-3-10]

It’s all fun and games until somebody pokes an eye out. Or, to put it another way, until Frankie comes in for the save on the road. I had rejected a trip to DC this year because I am about to leave on a 11-day, 6 ballpark west coast roadtrip, and had just returned from seeing Target Field. It was Stras-exaggerated-word-to-describe-otherwise-promising-rookie-pitcher-whatever. It was 4th of July weekend. Prices were out of control. All of these reasons for not going made uncommon good sense until TBF presented me with the existence of two tickets in row 1 of the upper level, just off home plate, reasonably priced considering, at 8pm Friday night.… [more]

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Jun 25th, 2010

DRIVER 8. [6-18-10]

Mets v Yankees 6-18-10 I am not a big fan of the 1-0 game. Or let me restate that: I am a big fan of the pitching duel, if that is what we are presented with, but I am never a fan of 1-0. I can never sit there confidently and know, absolutely believe with all my heart, that my team is going to shut down the opposition solidly. 1-0 makes my stomach hurt. 1-0 has me sitting on the edge of my seat because I’m unwilling to be comfortable for any second, as though my personal level of attention to the action on the field will ensure victory.… [more]

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Jun 19th, 2010

SATURDAY, IN THE PARK. [6-19-10]

Mets v Yankees 6-19-10 Subway Series When a post title is the title of a song I hate by a band I hate, you have to know that it was a miserable day for me in the Bronx. It was miserable because we had our newly-minted ace on the hill, who was not acting at all ace-like. It was miserable because Jose hit two HR’s and it didn’t make a difference. It was miserable because the bats had vanished. It was miserable because the Yankees decided to bring some offense. Oh, what am I saying – it was miserable because we lost.… [more]

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Jun 14th, 2010

BATTING PRACTICE, CAMDEN YARDS, 6-12-10.

One of the best parts about road games is the ability to get better access to BP than I can at my home park. More great photos after the jump. My favorite part was watching the players long toss. It was interesting to see who was paired up with who; for example, Barajas was tossing to Blanco, and was definitely trying to throw a knuckleball. When Rod was signing autographs at the dugout later on, TBF said, “I saw you throwing that knuckleball. How’s your slider?” Rod laughed and said his curve was better. For the life of me, I still don’t understand why the Mets changed the BP access at Citi Field.… [more]

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May 1st, 2010

SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME. [5-1-10]

Mets v Phillies Citizens Bank Park 5-1-10 Coming out of a 9-1 STREAK (yes I’m calling it a streak, given that other media won’t – I’m looking at you, WFAN), it seemed like a great decision to find some tickets for the weekend series and head down into enemy territory. Halladay vs Pelfrey? The newly-minted almost-ace, the dude who had finally risen to meet the expectations we had always had of him? One of the matchups of the season so far? How could we possibly resist this siren song? We prevaricated, as we always do, debating resources and common sense, and after saying “no” twice, pulled the trigger on a pair of fairly reasonable StubHub’bed tickets Friday morning.… [more]

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Jul 30th, 2009

GREINKE DAY.

[Please note: there is negative Mets content in this post. If that bothers you, please move on, nothing to see here.] I headed to Baltimore yesterday to meet up with a fellow blogger who was in the area, and to watch Zack Greinke pitch. My only chances of seeing him were to go to Baltimore, or to trek up the House of Evil (if I even hit the rotation right when they were in town). I chose the Baltimore option because it’s a much nicer place to see a game, and because you could buy sets five rows behind the visitor’s dugout for the princely sum of $32 (which was about $16 below face).… [more]

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Jul 4th, 2009

ON THE ROAD: YANKEE STADIUM

As TBF constantly reminds me, if the team’s wearing grey uniforms, it’s a road game, even if it takes us less time to get to the stadium in the Bronx than it takes us to get to our own ballpark. The new Yankee Stadium looks beautiful on the outside. It also looks beautiful when you’re sitting at your seat (for the most part – I will not go into the season ticket holder contratemps because I am not one). The park accurately reflects the identity of the team. You have zero doubt whatsoever whose stadium you are in. In terms of branding, they nail it.… [more]