Mets Fan Dies, Not Due to Team Losses

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English: Mets fans of all races watch the Mets win. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marylou Belles of Bethel, CT died this month. Her obituary states “She was also a lifelong NY Mets fan though surprisingly, that wasn’t what killed her.” And she died after giving cancer the finger for 27 years. RIP Marylou.

[Source: The PostGame]

CitiFieldaphobia – Who Fears Hitting at Citifield?

New York Mets David Wright reacts to home plate umpire Paul Schrieber after striking out at Citi Field in New York Barajas can hit the ball out of Citi Field. So can Ike Davis. Citi Field does not seem to intimidate the new guys.

David Wright on the other hand has struggled to find his power stoke since leaving Shea Stadium behind. Last year we chalked up some of his power loss to playing in the World Classic and some to Citi Field. This year there are no excuses and I don’t think his power struggles are over just yet.

Although Wright will easily top last years home run totals, many fans I have spoken with seem to think Citi Field has gotten into his head.  Wright hit 4 of his 7 homers on the last 6 game road trip but he’s still going to have to find a way to hit homers at home.

Of course, I’m also worried about Wright’s strikeouts. He’s on a pace to strikeout over 200 times this year. With 14 strikeouts in the last 7 games I tend to think maybe David should have his eyes checked because he’s not seeing the ball correctly. Continue reading “CitiFieldaphobia – Who Fears Hitting at Citifield?”

Mets Links: The Apple, Sean Green, Fred Wilpon’s House

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I really need to get back to the links more regularly. It’s funny how I keep writing that, but never seem to be able to take action on it. It’s clear that I need to clear out my saved reading list more frequently and I’ll resolve to do that.

Anyway, here are some good links from this week in Mets news:

  • Remembering Shea – A great post on the new location of The Apple with a great image
  • MetsBlog – Sean Green is headed to the disabled list and will be replaced on the roster by Raul Valdes
  • NY Times– Fred Wilpon’s former home is up for sale for $7.5 million
  • CBS Sports – Danny Knobler writes about the problems of the Mets rotation
  • Amazin’ Avenue – The “Mass” effect of overweight players – very funny and a good read

Mets Finally Make Citi Field Their Own

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Demolishing Shea Stadium and building Citi Field was certainly unwelcome for some Mets fans. It marked a changing of the guard for the franchise and maybe even a sense for some of us that we would be left behind in history as fans of the “old” Mets that played at the “old” stadium. But I have to admit that before this season, I was really looking forward to going to Citi Field.

The surprise set in when we realized that Citi Field wasn’t really about the Mets, it was all about the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. Sure, Robinson is an individual worthy of all the recognition that he gets, and more than we know. But there was something glaring missing from the new stadium… The Mets history!!! In building this new $800 million project, the Mets forgot that the Mets were going to be playing there and that they’ve had some history of their own. Continue reading “Mets Finally Make Citi Field Their Own”

Shea Stadium DVD Contest Winner

essential games of sheaThis was the toughest contest to judge that I’ve had yet. There were so many great comments about the state of the current Mets, and even a remake of the lyrics to the “Meet the Mets” song. But I decided to go with Bernie Byrne in this one. His comments about the DVD set Essential Games of Shea Stadium persuaded me to go with him as the winner.

His comments were:

Personally, I’m wondering what the commentary will be like on some of the games. For the 69 Series game, it’s pretty much a given: Curt Gowdy and Lindsay Nelson. Same But what about the other games? Do we get the TV broadcasts or the radio broadcasts? Will they have both, where you can choose the commentary?

Okay, I was wondering because of the last game on the DVD set: the first game of the 2006 Subway Series.

Gary: “2-2 to Wright…hit in the air to center field…Damon going back…to the warning track…IT’S OVER HIS HEAD AND THE METS WIN IT!”

Howie: “The Mets have beaten Rivera! Put THAT in your books!”

But yes, I still remember the call for Piazza’s blast.

“Lopez wants it away…and it’s hit deep to left center…Andruw Jones on the run…this on has a chance…HOME RUN! MIKE PIAZZA! AND THE METS LEAD 3-2!”

Congratulations to Bernie Byrne. I’ll get some more contests started in the near future. Thank you to everyone that participated.

Maple Street Press 2009 Mets Annual Magazine

Maple Street Press 2009 Mets AnnualThe folks at Maple Street Press were kind enough to send me a copy of the Mets season preview magazine from Maple Street Press (MPS). The magazine is 128 pages packed with Mets information to get you fired up for this season.

Before I get too deep into this I’ll tell you that this is not a paid advertisement from Maple Street Press. The magazine costs $12.99 and can be purchased at many newsstands and book stores in the New York area. You can also purchase a copy from their website at Maple Street Press. Also if you read this post to the end, you’ll see that MPS sent me two copies to give away to readers of The Mets Report.

Here are my thoughts on the magazine. For a Mets fan, it’s great to read a detailed season preview that’s more than just a couple of cursory pages about the team like the national preview magazines that cover every team. This covers everything from the last couple of disastrous seasons to historical teams and a lot of information about Shea Stadium and Citi Field.

The highlights of the magazine are:

  • “New Home, Old Worries: Can The Mets Change Their Stripes at Citi Field?” by Greg Spira and Matt Silverman- This introduction to the magazine sets the stage for the 2009 season with all of the information about offseason trades and free agent signings. This is a great way to kick off the magazine. Very strong writing and coverage of the team. The one oddity of the article is that the authors specifically mention that the Mets have a new $800 million revenue stream called Citi Field yet are keeping their payroll at the same level it was a year ago. There’s absolutely no mention of the Bernard Madoff scandal that reportedly bilked the Mets owners out of several hundred million dollars. That was one of the biggest stories of the offseason and there’s not one word in the article about it?
  • “There Are Some Words: The ’69 Teams Turns 40, But It Never Gets Old” by Greg W. Prince- In my mind, Prince is the most creative, talented writer covering the Mets today. Hands down. MPS did a great job of securing Greg to write an article for the magazine. I would’ve been disappointed if he wasn’t represented here. As always, Prince turns in a well written and unique description of a topic that we’ve read and talked about for 40 years. Not many writers can cover a story that’s been covered so completely with a unique take on it.

The lowlights of the magazine are:

  • “Keys to the Citi: New Home Promises A Whole New Ballgame” by Tara Krieger- Unfortunately, Krieger turns in a very pedestrian story about Citi Field. Maybe it’s me, and I’ve already read too much about the new stadium and seen too many pictures. But I really didn’t get anything out of this article that I didn’t already know. I think that the hardcore Mets fan would want more than we get here.
  • “Seconds Anyone? The Susan Lucci Playoffs” by Howard Megdal- This article was disappointing because Megdal is a pretty good writer. The concept of this article pitting historical Mets teams against each other in some sort of contrived playoff was poor. Honestly, I was bored after about four paragraphs. You can skip this part of the magazine and won’t be missing anything.

Overall, I recommend the magazine for purchase despite the lowlights described above. Remember that this is 128 pages packed with Mets information. The Krieger and Megdal articles only account for about 10 pages, so the success rate is really high. Reading about Doc Gooden’s outstanding early career brought back some great memories for me of his starts being must-see TV.

Lastly, as I mentioned earlier in this post I have two copies to give away this week to readers. Watch the site for a contest that will be starting tomorrow.

Latest Citi Field Photos February 2009

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I’ve been looking for some great recent photos of Citi Field. WCBS radio in New York posted a photo gallery of the interior of the stadium that are great.

Seeing these pictures really gets me fired up to get to a game there this season. Now that Shea Stadium is completely removed, I’m ready to move on to Citi Field. Forget about all of the political grandstanding about the naming rights to a failing financial services company. I just want to enjoy the new facility.

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