Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/25/18

@Katchastoria to showcase some of @mediagoon's collection

Hey Guys. The fine folks over at Katch Astoria asked me if I minded putting up some of my memorabilia in their bar/restaurant. I said sure why not. Right now we are starting of small. There are a couple of jerseys over there right now. I decided that instead of doing the run of the mill every day jerseys that you usually will see up at a sports bar. What is up there right now is the Jurassic World Binghamton Rumble Ponies Game Used Jersey worn by #31 Corey Taylor....

There is another cool jersey that is hanging up there. It's a hard to find one too. From 2009

The New York Mets will honor their National League heritage by wearing throwback uniforms inspired by the turn of the century New York Giants uniforms when they play the San Francisco Giants this weekend at Citi Field.
The cream-colored jerseys feature an oversized blue "NY" on the front, blue and orange piping on the sleeves and a Mr. Met patch on the right sleeve.
This was the game that David Wright got plunked int he head from a pitch. Randy Niemann was the the bull pen coach back then and this jersey was his.

I have decided to do the "coffee house thing" and while my jerseys are on the walls of Katch you can admire them or you can also buy them. There is a little blurb in each case that tells you about the jersey and who to contact if you are interested in buying them. Hope you guys enjoy peeking into my collection and who knows, one of them might Katch your eye!

Mets make a commitment to Syracuse until 2043

Thanks to Metspolice for putting this on my radar.

Grabbed this from Syracuse.com.

Syracuse, N.Y. -- The New York Mets have verbally agreed to extend their current lease at NBT Bank Stadium through 2043, according to Onondaga County deputy executive Bill Fisher.
The current pact runs through 2025. Fisher said the new agreement is contingent upon the county closing a deal to make about $25 million in improvements in the ballpark.
MG- Wow. $25 million for a Triple A ball park. Where is this money coming from? The Mets? The Wilpons?

Fisher said $8.5 million of the funding would come through bonding. At least another $3.6 million would be kicked in from the county and the Mets from stadium naming rights revenue (the current deal expires after 2025)
Fisher believes once the county locks in its approval, the state will toss in a dollar-for-dollar match of that $12.1 million foundation. That would bring the total pot to at least $24.2 million.
NBT's current naming rights deal pays a total of $2.8 million over 20 years. Fisher said NBT Bank has rights of first refusal when it comes time to renew naming rights.
The county and Mets split that pot 50-50, Fisher said. If a new pact exceeds $3.6 million, Fisher said the Mets have agree to toss the additional funding on their end into the stadium improvement pool.
Fisher said the current lease calls for a rent of $200,000 per season. He said under the proposed new pact, it would increase in increments after that and top out at $300,000. 
MG-Bonding you say? Then another 12.1 million from the State? Then money from naming rights? I'm all for the city to use money to help out to build there as long as it is helping create new jobs and new tax revenue back to the state.

Are we all going on a road trip next summer?

Game Used Baseballs from 2015 Mets World Series

I might be crazy but that seems a tad high for two GU balls.

Monday, September 24, 2018

@katchastoria has $.60 wings and Monday night football

Minor League Baseball’s “Copa de la Diversión” Hispanic Fan Engagement Initiative Expands to 72 Teams for 2019

Minor League Baseball’s “Copa de la Diversión”
Hispanic Fan Engagement Initiative Expands to 72 Teams for 2019

“Copa”-specific game attendance increased 12.6 percent during inaugural 33-team campaign
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Minor League BaseballTM (MiLBTM) today revealed an expanded roster of 72 teams set to participate in its “Copa de la Diversión,” or “Fun Cup,” a season-long event series in 2019. The cornerstone of MiLB’s U.S. Hispanic/Latino fan engagement initiative, “Copa de la Diversión” established an innovative new platform authentically connecting MiLB teams with their diverse communities, embracing the culture and values that resonate most with Hispanics/Latinos nationwide.
From adopting culturally-relevant on-field personas – such as the Albuquerque Isotopes transforming into the “Mariachis de Nuevo México,” and the San Antonio Missions celebrating sandal-wielding matriarchs as the “Flying Chanclas de San Antonio” – to integrating more local flavor into their gameday experiences, the 33 teams who dedicated 167 games as “Copa de la Diversión”-designated events reported a 12.6 percent attendance increase compared to similar game dates in 2017.
Retail sales of “Copa”-specific licensed merchandise via MiLB ballparks’ team stores and MiLB teams’ online stores far exceeded participating teams’ preseason goals, with current sales projected to be more than 500 percent higher than pre-campaign estimates. MiLB will report final “Copa de la Diversión” results at the Baseball Winter MeetingsTM in Las Vegas this December.
“The initial ‘Copa de la Diversión’ results and overwhelmingly positive feedback suggest that our fans are embracing the passion and commitment our teams have poured into this transformative campaign,” said Kurt Hunzeker, MiLB’s Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research. “We listened and learned from fans what we could do better next year, and those insights will help frame how our expanded ‘Copa’ teams plan, prepare and activate fan engagement and marketing efforts celebrating their communities in 2019.”
All 33 teams who participated in the inaugural 2018 campaign will return for the expanded 2019 edition. The new “Copa de la Diversión” teams will bring the total number of states represented to 29 and includes a diverse mix of market sizes and community demographics. The teams are: the Arkansas Travelers, Bradenton Marauders, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Chattanooga Lookouts, Clinton LumberKings, Columbia Fireflies, Columbus Clippers, Delmarva Shorebirds, Down East Wood Ducks, Erie SeaWolves, Florida Fire Frogs, Fresno Grizzlies, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Gwinnett Stripers, Hickory Crawdads, Iowa Cubs, Lake County Captains, Lakewood BlueClaws, Lancaster JetHawks, Lansing Lugnuts, Lexington Legends, Louisville Bats, Midland RockHounds, Modesto Nuts, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Nashville Sounds, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Norfolk Tides, Reading Fightin Phils, Reno Aces, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Salem Red Sox, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Tacoma Rainiers, Trenton Thunder, Tri-City Dust Devils, West Michigan Whitecaps and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
All new culturally-relevant “Copa de la Diversión” on-field brands will be unveiled in March 2019. For more information on “Copa de la Diversión,” visit MiLB.com/Copa.
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2018, Minor League Baseball attracted nearly 40.5 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information, visit www.MiLB.com.
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@the7Line wants you to be part of a video message for David Wright

Local Locksmith and Mets fan helps out Mets Pitcher.

My buddy Jon is a good dude. Always wants to be helpful to folks and I know when his two worlds collided he must have been on cloud 9.
If you ever need a car key made or locked yourself out of your car you can hit him up here.


Keith Hernandez Bobblehead

I don’t know if I would pay $125 for it though.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/23/18

@QBConvention News

On Sept 30th, right after the last Mets game of the season, we will definitely announce the location and date of QBC 2019. Maybe we also announce some other news. Maybe we don't. Just stay tuned and maybe we will even give you a hint on who our first "Get" is....

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/21/18

ORANGE AND BLUE THING S2 E37: "I'm a Red Sox fan now" Mets talk, and live calls

Recapping The 7 Line Army's epic trip to Boston, the Red Sox owner John Henry came over to meet Darren at the outing, the Mets are moving from WOR to WCBS next season, we check in with WOR's Pete McCarthy about the current state of the team, toss out a hypothetical David Wright HR question, two jabroni's stole a banner from the Red Sox, live calls, free stuff, and more.
Hosted by Darren Meenan (with guest co-host Nick Giacone aka Nicky G Money this week) and Lizy Saroyan fielding the calls.
Our episodes stream live each Thursday on FB and Twitter. We're a pretty visual show, so if you can, try to watch the live stream (or replay) on Facebook.com/The7Line or Twitter.com/The7Line. For now give a listen and if you're in to it, share with your friends, subscribe and leave a review.
You should also join us next Thursday (9/27) for our season 2 finale LIVE from Patchogue. Come watch the show from the bar, and stay after for the Mets game. Drink specials, free food, and more.
Shout out to our beer sponsor OYSTER BAY BREWING COMPANY! Nothing better than supporting a local business, and cracking open a cold one over some baseball. Check them out at oysterbaybrewing.com/ and hit up the brewery during any Mets game for $5 pints when you mention OABT. Also, get $1 off pints anytime by mentioning the show as well. CHEERS!

Mets Wilmer Flores Season is done.

So Wilmer Flores is back in NYC and done for the rest of the season. Do you guys know why? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? Beuller?
From the NY Post
 Wilmer Flores’ season is finished prematurely, after he was diagnosed Thursday with early onset arthritis in both knees.
Read more here.
Arthritis. Yep arthritis. Twenty-seven years old and he has the starting of arthritis.  The Mets are so messed up with injuries and illnesses that arthritis is now a thing that’s hitting a player under thirty. Can’t make this stuff up. Well, yeah you can, but not even Hollywood would be laughing at this.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/20/18

Thursday Night Football at @katchastoria 

Mets Sr. Vice President Leaving the Organization?

This was a blurb in the NY Post today.
David Newman, the team’s senior vice president, marketing and communications, will be leaving the Mets after the season, according to sources. Newman has held the position since 2005.
I’ve met Dave a few times through the last decade or so. He seemed like he wanted what was best for the team and even tried to get a certain fan fest run by the fans into Citi Field at one point. If you are leaving the Mets Dave, good luck in your future endeavors.

Ticketmaster, Ticket Brokers, and Undercover Reporters.

Hey guys. You know how you had a suspicion about Ticketmaster selling to brokers as soon as Tickets went live? Or how you thought that Ticketmaster released higher priced tickets first then released the cheaper prices later? It seems you were right! It looks like they have this new tool called TradeDesk that brokers use and the the NY Post gives the details.
The platform enables resellers to purchase tickets in bulk from Ticketmaster’s site, and then resell them for higher prices -- with Ticketmaster taking a percentage of both sales -- raising or dropping prices with the click of a button based on their assessment of fan demand. While Ticketmaster has taken highly publicized legal action against bots and flagrant profiteers in the secondary market -- including its own Verified Fan program, used recently by Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and others -- the report captures a rep on camera saying that Ticketmaster’s "buyer abuse" team will look the other way when such practices take place on its own platforms. The rep, whose identity is blurred in the video, says "I have brokers that have literally a couple of hundred accounts," for buying tickets in bulk on TradeDesk. "It’s not something that we look at or report."
From what I am reading so far Ticketmaster looks the other way because they keep reaping the benefits of the fees they keep getting on transactions.
Asked whether Ticketmaster will ban scalpers who thwart ticket-buying limits -- a violation of the company’s terms of use -- a different company employee told one of the reporters, "We’ve spent millions of dollars on this tool. The last thing we’d want to do is get brokers caught up to where they can’t sell inventory with us. We’re not trying to build a better mousetrap."
From what I am gathering the brokers are selling their inventory back into Ticketmaster’s reseller page on their site.
 A Ticketmaster employee said 100 scalpers in North America are using TradeDesk to sell between a few thousand and several million tickets per year. "I think our biggest broker right now has probably grabbed around 5 million," he said.
Let’s screw the consumer again. Can this somehow be considered a monopoly? How many ticket sellers like Ticketmaster are out there? I know Live Nation is a part of Ticketmaster now. Do the State Attorney Generals get involved?
The report also accuses the ticketing giant of timing the release of tickets to make it appear that demand is higher than it actually is in an effort to drive fans to the higher-priced options -- and then releasing less-expensive tickets later. 🤬
Here’s a quote from Ticketmaster.

In a statement included in the story, Ticketmaster’s SVP of communications said: "Ticketmaster is a technology platform that helps artists and teams connect with their fans," the company said. "We do not own the tickets sold on our platform nor do we have any control over ticket pricing -- either in the initial sale or the resale.
I don’t believe you. I don’t believe you at all.
You can read more here from the NY Post.
MG- This is just ridiculous and yeah Inknow it is capitalism but at the same time  is there any competition from any other ticket companies out there? All the secondary market ticket sellers don’t count. Now that we see this happening with Ticketmaster, I wonder how many tickets certain sports teams in NY put on StubHub. I heard some things about tickets for Sept 29th. Nothing concrete but I have heard rumors. Just think about all the fees we pay to buy tickets besides the ticket price itself.

Game Used David Wright Jersey and pants

$2500? Nope.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Minor League Baseball Attendance Reaches Nearly 40.5 Million in 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/19/18

The Wilpon’s 126th Street Development News

Read more here from Metspolice.com
You see that tweet up there from my cousin Shannon? Yep the one right about this paragraph? This is why the Wilpons won’t sell the Mets. They are real estate guys first and are trying to liberate parkland from the City. They really, really, really want that parking lot where Shea Stadium was to be able to build a mall. Oh you know that deal they made to eminent domain? The one where they threw out all those chop shops out of the Iron Triangle? The one where they promised to have affordable housing, shops, restaurants and other businesses? Yeah that went away. You guys should be more upset with the deals they are making with NYC then what they are doing with their own team.
You know what else the Wilpons don’t have to do right now? That’s right. They don’t have to touch the contaminated ground and spend a ton of money removing it. Oh and there’s the LaGuardia construction going on and they are going to need more parking. Oh and let us no forget about the new Air Train from LaGuardia that they want to build. Check out The Craig’s story and see what really is going on.

New York Mets New Era MLB Cross Bats 9TWENTY Cap

I really can’t figure out if I like this or not. It’s different but I don’t think I’d buy it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/18/18

Taco Tuesday At @KatchAstoria

Captain Marvel trailer has arrived.

Carol Danvers has been one of my favorite characters from the 1990's, even when they didn't write her well. The last few comic book series have really rounded her out and I am glad that Marvel has the confidence in letting her lead her movie and not be a part of a team first. She is the leader of one.

Mets New Era BP Cap

Barring practice cap? Hmmmm
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Mets Game Notes 9/17/18

Monday Night Football at Katch!!

Official Press Release: WCBS 880 to be New Flagship Radio Home of the New York Mets Beginning in 2019


WCBS 880 to be New Flagship Radio Home
of the New York Mets Beginning in 2019

FLUSHING, NY – September 17, 2018 – Entercom, the unrivaled leader in sports radio, and the New York Mets have reached a multi-year agreement that will make WCBS 880 in New York the official new radio home of the New York Mets beginning in 2019 and going through the 2025 baseball season. These broadcast rights include all regular season, spring training, and postseason games as well as Spanish-language broadcast rights. The station will also provide in-depth pregame and postgame coverage.

“We’re pleased to be the new radio home of the Mets,” said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom. “We remain committed to bringing our listeners and partners the most exciting sports content from their hometown teams, especially in the New York metropolitan area, where we will be the radio home for both Major League Baseball clubs beginning in 2019.”

“We are excited to join the Entercom family, and look forward to leveraging the power of their portfolio of stations in the nation’s largest market,” said Lou DePaoli, Executive Vice President, New York Mets. “This new partnership allows us to continue delivering outstanding radio broadcasts to our passionate fan base, while also reaching a wide audience via cross promotions on all of Entercom’s New York stations.”

In addition, Entercom’s New York radio stations WCBS 880, (ALT 92.3 (WNYL-FM), NEW 102.7 (WNEW-FM), WCBS-FM 101.1 (WCBS-FM) and 1010 WINS (WINS-AM) will offer promotional support. The Mets will work with each station on custom promotional opportunities on air and during Mets home games at Citi Field. 

Listeners can tune in to WCBS 880 (WCBS-AM) in New York on-air, as well as nationwide on the Radio.com app. Fans can also connect with the station on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

WCBS 880 is a Radio.com station. Radio.com is a part of Entercom, a leading American media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the country.

About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 100 million people each week through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).

"Yankees Suck" Chant up in Boston by @the7lineArmy and Red Sox Fans

This was crazy. Going up to Boston, I didn't know how the reaction would be to us Mets fans. Then this chant was started by The T7LA and the Red Sox fans joined in. After the chant ended the Sox fans actually applauded the T7LA and folks after the game were telling us how much they loved having the group there. On the road games you sometimes run into one or two opposing fans who are obnoxious jerks. I had nothing but good experiences all weekend.

Fun, fun, fun, time....

WCBS 880 is the new radio home of the @Mets

From WCBS880
Starting in 2019, WCBS 880 will broadcast the team's games as well as provide in-depth pregame and postgame coverage.
The deal will run through the 2025 season.
“We are excited to join the Entercom family, and look forward to leveraging the power of their portfolio of stations in the nation’s largest market,” said Lou DePaoli, Executive Vice President, New York Mets. “This new partnership allows us to continue delivering outstanding radio broadcasts to our passionate fan base, while also reaching a wide audience via cross promotions on all of Entercom’s New York stations.”
Read more here.

I hope they can bring over all the gang from the 710 who do the Mets pre and post game shows. Pete McCarthy does a great job with these shows.

Red Sox owner John Henry asks to meet Darren of The7Line

Another classy move by rmthe Red Sox. John Henry asked if Darren minded meeting him on Saturday. Henry thanked Darren for bringing 1600 Baseball/Mets fans to Fenway and also wanted to thank thiose same 1600 for coming out.
Hey Wilpons. You want your Mets Fans to start likening you? Start doing stuff like this with all your Mets fans.