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Friday, June 30, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/30/17

From the Mets

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Brooklyn Cyclones: Paw Patrol Jerseys

The Cyclones wore these on 6/25/17. I "know" of Paw Patrol, but I really don't have a clue what it is. This Jerseys is based o Marshall. I love what the Cyclones do with their promotions. Also go to episode 27 of Orange and Blue Thing to hear Greg Conway talk about the Charity Softball Game Sept 23rd at MCU Ballpark.

Click here for soundcloud. Here for iTunes and here to watch it on Facebook.

Orange and Blue Thing Episode 27

Co-hosted by Darren Meenan and Brian Erni, our episodes are taped live on Facebook each Thursday night at 6pm. We're a pretty visual show, so if you can, try to catch the live episode next week on For now give a listen and if you're in to it, share with your friends, subscribe and leave a review. LGM!

Or grab it on iTunes here...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/29/17

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Mets: Cabrera Didn't Wan't a Trade?

Is part of the new training regiment exercise known as backpedalling?

From the NY Post
" I always want to be here,” Cabrera told The Post after the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-0, on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. “This is a great team. In that moment when I said that, I wasn’t saying I want to get traded. I was just saying it didn’t seem like they had a plan for me. … If they’ve got a plan, they should tell me.”

Cabrera is still displeased with the way the situation was handled, when he wasn’t told he’d be switching positions following his return from the disabled list.

When he came back in San Francisco, Cabrera made it clear he thought it was time to leave the Mets.

“If they don’t have a plan for me, I think it’s time to make a move,” Cabrera said on Friday after he was informed of the position switch. “What I saw the last couple of weeks, I don’t think they have any plan for me.”

Read more here from the Post

So how do you really feel? Were you just angry at first? Do you believe like a lot of us fans do that Reyes should be off the field and took this as an affront? I can see where you are coming from Asdrubel, I just might not have don't it as public as you.

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MLB Umpire Saves Suicidal Woman's Life

Good to hear something positive happening with this story.

From bleacher report-

Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane reportedly saved a woman from a railing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

It was a chance encounter for the umpire before he headed to PNC Park for Wednesday's contest between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, but he performed a heroic act and likely saved the woman's life.

Read full story here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mets: Gsellman on DL


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Willetts West Stalled Again (Thank God)

Okay Wilpons. Let's get this straight. Malls are dying. People don't want to go there. People want to go to parkland. Want do do something cool for Queens? Make a a deck over the current parking lot which used to house Shea Stadium and build a park on top of it. Folks love parks. Oh and how are those plans coming along for affordable housing?

You are already building stores and malls over on the other side of 126th street. That's all you need.
"Proposed by the Queens Development Group LLC (QDG), the plan was again halted by the New York State Court of Appeals earlier this month after it ruled that the first part of the two-phase plan, the “Willets West” retail development, could not move forward without approval from state legislature.

“At this point, the plan has been denied by the courts, stating that [the developers] cannot go forward with the current plan as shown,” Committee Chairperson Chuck Apelian said."

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Mets: Game Notes 6/28/17

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Is Thor Shilling Hot Sauce During Rehab

You guys think he got some cash for this Instagram post? Lots of hash tags there...

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Darling Calls Out Trainers

Ron Darling had said what a lot of us have been thinking for a while. There is absolutely no way the injuries aren't connected to the training regiments that these "experts" put these players through.

From the NY Daily News
“Get (the trainers) in a room with some of the old trainers and people who took care of baseball players and how to keep them healthy and get them in a room and try to tap into their knowledge on how to train baseball players,” Darling said. “Not weightlifters. Not six-pack wearers. Baseball players.”

Read more and see video here

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/27/17

From the Mets


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.04) vs. RHP Dan Straily (5-4, 3.43) SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

METSCELLANEOUS: New York has won three straight following its four-game losing streak...The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games...New York is 17-18 on the road...The club is 9-13 in its last 22 road games, including 3-4 on its season high-tying 10-game road trip... The Mets have scored a run in the first-inning in four of their last five games...The Mets have scored 53 first-inning runs, ranking eighth in the majors...New York completed its second sweep of the year over the weekend at San Francisco.

HOME RUN RECORD: The Mets have hit 46 home runs this month, the most the club has ever hit in any calendar month...The previous mark for any month was 45 home runs set in August, 2015 and matched in August, 2016...The previous club record for home runs in June was 40, established in 2006...Jay Bruce leads the team with eight home runs this month, Curtis Granderson is second with six and Lucas Duda is third with five.

ROAD HOMERS: The Mets have hit at least one home run in 31 of their 35 road games this year...The Mets have 68 home runs on the road, the most in the majors...New York hit a franchise record 106 home runs on the road last year.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Mets lead the majors with 46 home runs this month while the Yankees lead the American League and are tied for second in the majors with 44 homers in June...According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time two New York teams were 1-2 (in either order) in the majors in home runs in a month was June, 1989 (Mets-32 home runs, Yankees-31).

HOME RUN NOTES: New York has five games this year with four or more home runs, including Sunday...That total is tied for the second- most in the NL with the Cardinals...The Dodgers have seven games this year with four or more home runs...The Mets have 27 homers in their last 14 games...Overall, the Mets have 114 home runs, the second-most in the NL and the fifth-most in the majors.

LEADOFF HISTORY: Granderson's leadoff home run Thursday was his 20th as a member of the Mets, the most in franchise history, one more than José Reyes...He has 44 career leadoff home runs, tied with Ian Kinsler for the most among active players.

GRAND: Granderson is hitting .333 (20-60) with three doubles, one triple, six home runs, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored in 22 games this month...He has a .468 on-base percentage in June... Granderson has three homers in his last five games and multi- hits in four of those games...He has scored at least one run in five straight games (seven total runs).

SELECT GROUP: Granderson is one double away from 300 for his career...He hit his 300th home run on June 14...Only seven active players have 300 doubles and 300 homers (Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltrán, Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Adrián González, Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols).

WILMER FLORES: Is batting .329 (50-152) with five homers and 21 RBI since May 1 (45 games)...Flores has multi-hit games in his last three contests.

YOENIS CÉSPEDES: Is hitting .375 (18-48) with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 14 games since returning from the DL on June 10...Céspedes has nine home runs in 111 at-bats this season...Seven of his nine homers have come on the road.

YO IN MIAMI: Céspedes has scored 20 runs and driven in 17 runs while belting five home runs and hitting .318 (27-85) in 21 career games at Marlins Park.

ASDRÚBAL CABRERA: Has a .588 on-base percentage and a .500 (7-14) batting average with one double, three walks and four runs scored since returning from the Disabled List on June 23.

JAY BRUCE: Has eight home runs, 17 RBI and is hitting .315 (28- 89) in June...Bruce's eight home runs this month are tied 
for the third-most in the NL and tied for the seventh-most in the majors... Cody Bellinger is first with 13...Overall, Bruce is tied for second in the NL and tied for fifth in the majors with 20 homers...He has 52 RBI, ranking 13th in the NL.

20 HRS PRIOR TO THE BREAK: Bruce became the 12th player in team history to hit 20 or more home runs prior to the All-Star break (it's now happened 17 times)...Yoenis Céspedes did it last year with 21 first-half homers.

REYES RECORDS: José Reyes has 1,416 hits as a Met, the third- most in franchise history...Ed Kranepool is second with 1,418 hits...Reyes is two stolen bases of 500 for his career...He would become the 39th player in major league history with 500 or more stolen bases.

LUCAS DUDA: Moved into sole possession of ninth place on the Mets all-time home run list with his 121st home run Friday at San Francisco...He passed Edgardo Alfonzo...Kevin McReynolds is eighth on the list with 122 homers...Over his last 12 games, Duda has a .404 on-base percentage with eight walks, five doubles, three home runs and seven RBI.

MINOR AWARDS: First baseman Peter Alonso was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for the week of June 19-25...Alonso hit .414 (12-29) with three home runs, six doubles, 14 RBI and nine runs scored...Alonso was the Mets second-round pick in the 2016 draft from University of Florida...LHP Thomas Szapucki was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 19-25...He struck out 10 batters in his start on June 25 against Kannapolis...Szapucki allowed two hits over 6.0 shutout innings...He has 110 strikeouts and 27 walks over three minor league seasons with the Mets.
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Wed., June 28 LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 3.60) vs. LHP Je Locke (0-3, 5.70) 7:10 p.m. (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM) Thurs., June 29 RHP Seth Lugo (2-1, 3.72) vs. RHP José Ureña (6-2, 3.33) 7:10 p.m. (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM) 

Mets: Injured Harvey Hanging Out

Okay, so is there going to be outrage? Is there going to be apathy? Who will be the first to start the tirade on it? Main Street media? Mets twitter? Bloggers?

From the NY Post
Matt Harvey is still enjoying his time off.

The Mets pitcher, who will be out several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone, was spotted in the Hamptons this past weekend with locals buzzing that he and a group of his bros rented an estate on Beach Plum Drive in Montauk.

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Game Used: Mike Piazza Last Game as a Met

I would buy the base itself to get signed and then put it into a better looking frame. I feel like Rick from Pawn Stars. "Okay, so if I buy it from you, I'd have to track down Piazza have him sign it, reframe it, and then with the hours and man power and overhead of the store I need to make money on it. So, let me give you a lower price"

You are bidding on the exact item featured in the title!!!!!



Shipping will be $89.99 Anywhere in the USA; $249.99 International.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Wedding Backstage at Dead and Company

All I wanna know is, did Metropolitan Hospitality know about this? If, so how much did they try to charge them for the wedding?
If they didn't know...They are going to be maaaaaaaaaaaad if they couldn't monetize it...

This is from the NY Post.

Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir officiated the nuptials of longtime friend and real-estate investor William “Billy” Procida backstage before Saturday’s Dead & Company show at Citi Field.

“17 years ago I jumped on stage and did an encore with [Weir] and we became great friends,” Procida told Page Six Monday, adding he’s been in with the band ever since.

The ceremony took place in a “VIP room” where the legendary rocker “came in and said a poem and the ‘I do’s,'” another attendee recalled adding, “He said beautiful things.”

Read more here from the NY Post.

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Brooklyn Cyclones: Alternate Angle Video of My First Pitch

MCU PARK Alt from Media Goon aka Keith Blacknick on Vimeo.

Here is the alternate angle version of my first pitch the other night at MCU

Bobblehead: Yo with a Horse

I don't know what to say about this....

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Brooklyn Cyclones First Pitch Ball

The Cyclone used this ball for the first pitches the other night. I don't know if it was just for that day or if it is going to a ball
They use all the time, but it's pretty cool.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/25/17

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First Pitch: Brooklyn Cyclones

photo by MJ 

I went into a charity auction earlier this year to toss out a first pitch at MCU Ball Park. Here it is...

MCU PARK: First Pitch from Media Goon aka Keith Blacknick on Vimeo.

Game Used: South Atlantic ASG Jersey

The Fireflies hosted the ASG game. Here's a south jersey.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Game Used: Piece of Shea Wall

Missing a piece of Shea in your collection?

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mets: Asdrubel Cabrera's Bobblehead Demands Trade

Not content with being asked to moved to bobble2nd base, Cabrera's bobbles asked to be sent to Miami to be with the bobble museum....

Should be an interest night...

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Mets: Game Notes 6/23/17

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Brooklyn Cyclones: The7LineArmy Outing

I see some folks were asking questions about where do they pick up shirts, caps, etc tomorrow at MCU.

Tomorrow should be a fun night. Game right off the beach, hanging with a good crew of folks, fireworks and two T7LA members throwing out first pitches. If you watch/listen to Orange and Blue Thing, Darren and Brian announced the winner tossing out the pitch from the random drawing.

I am tossing out a pitch because I won it from the Chai Lifeline Charity auction earlier
in the year.

Without further ado, read this from the Cyclones....

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Game Used: Kingman Hat

Rare game used/worn New York Mets slugger Dave Kingman hat from the 1970s !! You never see anything on Kingman, let alone from his playing days with the Mets!  

Cap shows tremendous game use with leather band featuring New Era tagging. Tons of use inside the band with some rips and tears as seen in the pictures. Size tag is missing, the name “KINGMAN” and the number “26” is written in faded black marker under the bill of the cap.  

Great game use! 

Cap originated from the collection of a major Mets collector.                                                        

Orange and Blue Thing Episode 26

Mets are playing like poo poo, but there's still a lot to talk about. Come hang with your boys in orange and blue. We have a hotline now and got to a ton of fans voice mail questions, which Met player will make the ASG, chat about the life of HOF Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn (RIP), select the Cyclones and Cardinals first pitch winners and more. Mets stuff, movies, pop culture... pretty much whatever comes up. LGM.
Co-hosted by Darren Meenan and Brian Erni, our episodes are taped live on Facebook each Thursday night at 6pm. We're a pretty visual show, so if you can, try to catch the live episode next week on For now give a listen and if you're in to it, share with your friends, subscribe and leave a review. LGM!

Grab on iTunes here...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/22/17

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Brooklyn Cyclones: Superhero Day

On Sunday, July 2nd the Cyclones will wear these Captain America jerseys as we celebrate Marvel Super Hero Day

NWO: New Worst Order

I saw Greg's tweet yesterday and I had to make this photoshop...

Here is the article that got me going....

New Worst Order

The problem when your team has given up double-digit runs in ten different games in a season that is only seventy games old — and five times in a month that still has ten days to go — is keeping track of which of those losses is the worst. It’s tough, I suppose, to top (or bottom) the 23-5 farce at the hands of the Nationals from April 30, the one that featured three Anthony Rendon home runs, Kevin Plawecki’s pitching debut and Noah Syndergaard’s probable 2017 farewell. The lightning-quick burial of Tommy Milone by the Angels in a 12-5 romp on May 21 also springs to mind. Oh, and what about the Mother’s Day Massacre in Milwaukee, wherein a 7-1 midgame Mets lead dissolved into a 11-9 loss to the Brewers? Personally, I retain a sore spot for that flaming pile of baseball.

Read the rest here....

Terry Collins: Twitter Doesn't Pay My Salary

Thanks to @shmantzMets for the video

Hey Colactus, I don't know if you realize this or not but a lot of the folks on twitter that "don't pay your salary" actually do. Who do you think buys tickets to the games or watch the games on TV that the Mets owners get the money from the TV rights that helps pay your salary?So, yeah twitter folks do kinda help pay your salary. Do I think a lot of the things said on twitter about the Mets is off the wall? Sure do, but, and there is a big but here. Terry you have to realize that twitter is part of the fanbase and there are plenty of
fans who are over you being the manager.. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/21/17

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Mets: Mercury Mets Pregame Video

I just fell down the Mercury Mets rabbit hole last night. I haven't seen these videos in a while.

I can't believe that the Mets Org used to like to have "fun" doing stuff like this. Silly Silly fun. Silly cheesy fun...

Mets: Mercury Mets Ad

I am just going to leave this right here folks.

Mets: Wow

I didn't get to see that game last night but wow. This is getting down right pathetic. I know a lot of it has to do with injuries and depth on the bench etc etc. When as an organization do you throw in the towel and try to make some moves to revitalize the team and start trying to salvage the season so you aren't a laughing stock?

Barwis and this training staff needs to be evaluated and figure out why so many players are hurt with muscle strains and tears. The medical staff seems to take a brunt of the blame when the players are returned to action too early and then hurt again. Who really makes the call?

Start figuring out who is going to be here next year and start moving pieces that will help you get some players or something in return then just a draft pick. Figure out the manager and coaching staff for next year. See what's going on with Gsellman. Something is off.

Bring up Rosario. Cut bait with Reyes. Stop with the " Well what if Rosario does bad?" routine? Well guess you'd find out what kind of mettle he has.

Do something to keep the fans engaged. Do something that shows you care about making this team a playoff contender again next year. Good thing the team is on a west coast swing. Wouldn't want to bring any players you need from Vegas now. Way better to wait until the Mets are back east to do that.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mets: Game Notes 6/20/17

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Brooklyn Cyclones: New Food

Looks like the Cyclones got some new grub. So if you happen to be at MCU Saturday to see a certain someone toss out a first pitch (and another first pitch thrown By a T7LA member) you might want to check this out.

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Championship Belts: Pro Am Belts

Did you guys see the Blacknick Club Belts I had made up for my Goonsmen as Groomsmen gifts? Well these guy took really good care of me and I want to return the favor with some quick ad space for them.

Want some custom belts as trophies for leagues? Events? Just to have your own design?

Check out some of the belt designs you can choose from if you want semi custom ones. They also do fully custom belts if that's more your thing...

Nice, right?

Interested?  Check out their site here - .