FOUR POINTS FLUSHING.
Four Points Flushing. The Official Hotel of the Queens Baseball Convention and The MediaGoon.com
Sunday, March 31, 2019
How come for a Stadium in California, a state that is supposed to have chill, there are is such a violent culture. It seems every few years something like this happens.
"Last night, an altercation occurred suddenly between two men who were leaving the stadium," the Dodgers said. "One of the men was injured as a result of the altercation. A witness immediately reported the incident to stadium personnel, and emergency medical technicians were promptly dispatched to provide medical assistance at the scene. The matter is now being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Dodgers are cooperating fully with the investigation."It seems to get violent over there pretty quickly. People have speculated that it's the gang culture out there. Is it just people don't care about other humans anymore? Do people realize this is just a game? Is it the alcohol? Don't forget this incident from seven years ago.
The Dodgers stepped up security outside Dodger Stadium following a much-publicized fight on Opening Day in 2011. Bryan Stow, an off-duty paramedic and San Francisco Giants fan, was attacked by several men in Dodgers jerseys. Stow, who was placed in a medically induced coma after the attack, hit his head on the pavement and was repeatedly punched and kicked, according to authorities.Two men involved in that attack pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison in 2014.Read more here.
If a few hundred of us Mets fans go out there one year, is there going to be a problem?
Posted by Media Goon at 6:56:00 AM
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Mr Met tweeted this earlier.
Now, we know how stupid the Mr Met vs Thor thing has become. I used to enjoy it then it got way overplayed. What I really want to focus on though is the fact this guy can go into Nats park like this and you can't bring in a laptop bag. Backpack rules.
So where does the shield fall into?Today, the Washington Nationals announced that beginning with the 2019 season backpacks may not be brought into Nationals Park, except as otherwise provided in the Nationals Bag Policy. The policy was revised in order to enhance ballpark safety. Exceptions may be made for backpack diaper bags or backpacks used for ADA/medical reasons. All purses, briefcases, drawstring bags, diaper bags and soft-sided coolers that do not exceed 16”x16”x8” will still be permitted. On the day of purchase, backpacks bought during games or events at Nationals Park will be tagged and permitted for that day only.
“The safety of our fans, staff and players at Nationals Park is always a top priority. We are constantly assessing our procedures in an effort to make our ballpark safer,” said Scott Fear, Washington Nationals Vice President of Public Safety and Security. “We understand the implementation of these procedures will take some time for our fans to get used to, but our organization is dedicated to making Nationals Park the safest environment possible for everyone in attendance.”Does guy running around with rigid plastic props cause more or less damage then someone coming from work with a laptop or camera backpack? More fracking security theater..Oh wait.. I think I heard there a lockers now outside the park where you can store your bags.
From the Washington Post.
Read more here.
Hypothetical scenario. If some shady character decided he wanted to rent some Binboxes with his friends and put bags with maybe some sort of combustable items in it and they were to explode when folks were lining up to get into the ball park, how does that help?
Posted by Media Goon at 12:55:00 PM
Friday, March 29, 2019
Deadspin came by the QBC this year to see what all the hub bub as about.
The freezing rain that was forecast for later in the day of the Queens Baseball Convention never really materialized. It was still unpleasant out, but this was winter in New York City. It was at least near to the end of the worst part of winter—before pitchers and catchers were even obliged to get to Florida and get serious about their stretching routines, but just before, if still in the fat part of the long annual stretch of low gray skies and wet, dim cold. There are days when the mess seemed to come out of the sky as slush, gray and in-between and miserable from the moment it touched the ground. There were weeks like that. There are always weeks like that. If you are going to throw a party for the fans of a benighted local baseball franchise, with panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions and memorabilia shopping and autograph procurement and general beer-adjacent afternoon hanging out, that part of winter is probably the best time at which to do it. It’s when everyone needs it most.
No one went to Katch Sports Bar in Astoria, Queens, on a February day that promised shitty weather, because they had to. Every one of the many Mets fans there was there because they chose to be there—to be around other people that chose to give this ridiculous and singular team some say in their emotional wellbeing, think and talk about that team, and drink beers if they wanted. Todd Zeile would be appearing on a panel later in the day and Darryl Strawberry was signing autographs and periodically loping through the bar area. In the back, you could purchase a game-worn Aaron Sele or Tony Armas Jr. Mets jersey for what I would describe as a very reasonable price. Mr. Met was in the building, projecting a gravitas entirely disproportionate to the size of his tremendous baseball head. And I was there, although no one was paying for that along with the price of admission, to ask my fellow Mets fans why they keep coming back to this particular team.Read more here.
Posted by Media Goon at 1:57:00 PM
Posted by Media Goon at 11:36:00 AM
Keith is a mort baseball person and very cynical too... So I don't think he'd be saying this if he wasn't feeing it.
From the NY POST
“He had to sell the Wilpons on his design and vision,” Keith Hernandez, now an analyst with SNY, said.
“He’s very inspirational. He comes up to me, talks to me and he’s very positive. I think that’s a very good thing. He made moves that were bold, daring and decisive. You have someone at the top of the organization who is willing to stick his neck out there and have it be chopped off. He’s shown me that. I like everything that he’s done in the offseason.“I was impressed with the people he brought in from the Red Sox that are in the evaluating part of the organization now,” Hernandez said. “He made changes in personnel, but made changes in that front office and I thought those were wonderful moves.
“They come from the Red Sox and their history of winning over there. Brodie took notice and went over there and got them. He’s getting good people under him and, to me, this is really a new era in Mets baseball because it’s now modern baseball.”
Hernandez, who said he has a “new lease on life” after offseason back surgery, is moving with those changes. He was once a non-believer in analytics, but says he now appreciates the value they bring to baseball.”
Read more here.
Posted by Media Goon at 6:40:00 AM
Thursday, March 28, 2019
You guys ready for some baseball? I am. Only thing is that I hate that opening day is in March. It bugs me because the weather just never feels like baseball weather. It’s too chilly usually to get started on the east coast this time of year. Maybe all the east coast teams should start where there are roofs on the stadiums or the west side of the country. Anyway, this is a new season. A season of hope. A season that seems like there is a culture change. A season where the new GM has swagger and looks to have gotten the Mets owners under his spell. So far the pre season hasn’t been Mets being Mets but a team that’s trying to get itself to be taken seriously. They made some solid off season moves. They shores up the depth of the team. They signed their star pitcher to an extension and made sure that there is no ill will between him and the club along the way.
Now it’s time Mets. Show us what you got. Make us believe wholly again so we don’t have to watch the team with our hand over our eyes and peeking through our fingers. We are ready for a great year.Let’s go Mets!
Posted by Media Goon at 6:08:00 AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
METS SIGN C RENÉ RIVERA TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT
FLUSHING, N.Y., March 27, 2019 – The New York Mets today announced that the club has signed catcher René Rivera to a minor league contract. He will be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Rivera, 35, has played in parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with eight different teams. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native is in his third stint with the organization, playing for the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in 2009 and with the major league team in 2016-2017. In 119 games with the big league team, Rivera hit .226 (81-359) with 27 runs, eight doubles, 14 home runs, 49 RBI and 25 walks.
Posted by Media Goon at 6:03:00 PM
How awesome is this to hear?
Brodie Van Wagenen details how David Wright helped get Jacob deGrom's deal done 5⃣@GMBVW says jokingly: "He is now officially the most valuable special advisor in baseball history" pic.twitter.com/O0KDZcNYIV— SNY (@SNYtv) March 27, 2019
Posted by Media Goon at 1:16:00 PM
This is so Keith Hernandez. If Seinfeld was around today this could easily be in an episode. How many of us own a Tesla?
Posted by Media Goon at 8:10:00 AM
This is interesting. I went to the Barclays Center for a WWE event a few months ago and was shocked so many of the stands didn’t take cash. It supposedly is supposed to make things fast but it doesn’t. You have to use a touch screen put in what you want yourself then take out your card from your wallet then wait for it to approve. The best is you still have to wait for the food. I had to wait 10 minutes just to get 2 pretzels and a drinks because the line was backed up. There were two people in front of me. It was more of a pain in the ass then anything.
From the NY Post.
Home to the Brooklyn Nets and the Islanders, Barclays has quietly stopped accepting cash at most of its 28 concession stands and eateries, according to lawmakers who have talked with the stadium about the move. “I realized this when I went to a Nets game on Monday and tried to break a $20 so I could have a tip to get my car out of the garage and couldn’t find a booth that would take cash,” a NJ resident tweeted, also in January.Proponents, including Barclays, say eliminating cash leads to shorter, faster lines and less theft. “We have found that cash transactions take 50 percent more time to process than card transactions,” the arena said in a statement. But opponents argue that the growing practice discriminates against people who don’t have credit and debit cards, including poor and young people. It also flies in the face of the government’s promise that the notes it prints are “legal tender for all debts, public and private.”
Read more here
Posted by Media Goon at 6:12:00 AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
METS SIGN JACOB deGROM TO A FIVE-YEAR EXTENSION
FLUSHING, N.Y., March 26, 2019 – The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom to a five-year extension. The deal will run through the 2023 season with a club option for the 2024 season.
“This is a tremendous day for Jacob, his family, our fans and the entire Mets organization,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said. “Last year, Jacob had one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history and we are excited to be able to reward him. Mets fans can celebrate knowing their ace will remain in Flushing.”
Last season, deGrom joined Tom Seaver (1969, 1973 and 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012) as the only pitchers in team history to win the NL Cy Young Award.
“Jacob has proven that he is one of the best pitchers in baseball and we are excited that he is part of the short-term and long-term future of this organization,” Executive Vice President & General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “I’d like to thank Jacob and his agents as well as Jeff and the entire ownership group for coming together to make this happen. We look forward to seeing him in the blue and orange for many more years to come.”
The right-hander led the majors last season in ERA (1.70), opponent's slugging (.277), opponent's OPS (.521) and home runs per nine innings (0.41). He finished second in the majors in innings (217.0) and fourth in the majors with a career-high 269 strikeouts. DeGrom ended the year holding opponents to three runs or fewer in 29 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history (min. 50.0 combined innings in those starts) and hurled 24 consecutive quality starts to end the season, the longest single-season streak in major league history.
DeGrom was named to his second All-Star team in 2018 (also 2015) and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was just the 10th time since 1920 that a pitcher had at least 200.0 innings and an ERA of 1.70 or lower in a season. He's the only pitcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have a season with a sub-2.00 ERA, at least 260 strikeouts, 50 or fewer walks and 10 or fewer home runs allowed.
In 2014 deGrom took home Rookie of Year honors after posting a 9-6 record with a 2.69 ERA (42 earned runs/1401. Innings) with 43 walks and 144 strikeouts.
The DeLand, FL native owns a 55-41 career record with a 2.67 ERA (266 earned runs/897.2 innings) with 222 walks and 1,000 strikeouts. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Stetson University.
Posted by Media Goon at 5:51:00 PM
I got sent this from the folks over at teamcoco.com...
ANDY GOES TO SPRING TRAINING WITH THE METS
AO SPRING TRAINING WITH THE METS
Posted by Media Goon at 4:14:00 PM
How do you screw this up? Haven’t you learned anything since they screwed up their own history when they put down the granite slabs in front of the ballpark.
The Mets fixed this a few weeks ago. But still doesn't make it "go away". This never should have happened to begin with.
Posted by Media Goon at 7:43:00 AM
Monday, March 25, 2019
Man, Syndergaard is a whiner. Now, I’m not saying he isn’t right but why is he blasting the team in the media and not taking it up with the organization behind the scenes? Is it silly for the Mets to go up to Syracuse for a workout ? Yes. Should the Mets extend some of their player? Sure. Should you be blasting your employers in the media? You could, but you could also be looking at getting traded at some point too. Wait. SNY was floating that before the season...
From the NY Post
When asked by The Post about the trip, Syndergaard offered his dissent, saying, “We’re going to Sarasota and then to Syracuse, and then we are not going to New York. You would think we would go to New York to get like, as adults, our affairs in order, but no we have to go to Syracuse first. “I don’t know whose idea it was, but it’s not a smart one. I don’t think that’s conducive for winning ballgames really. … It doesn’t make much sense.’’ Especially since the Mets and deGrom are facing three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer right off the bat Thursday in Washington. The Mets also have a difficult turnaround before their home opener, playing a night game in Miami and then a 1:10 p.m. start the next day at Citi Field for the home opener April 4. It’s going to be a whirlwind week.Read more here.
Posted by Media Goon at 4:21:00 AM
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Mr. Met (New York Mets) MLB Mascot ReAction Figure by Super7
This is pretty cool.. Just like those Star Wars figures like we had when we were kids... Well at least us old folks.
Posted by Media Goon at 8:00:00 AM
Saturday, March 23, 2019
“I’ve made it abundantly clear that with my new role, I guess technically I’m considered front office, but I’ve also told the front office that I am very good friends with Jake and that I want it to work out for both sides because I love this organization and I love Jake, so hopefully something can come of it, but each player has to make their own individual decision,’’ Wright told The Post at First Data Field on Friday, when the Mets were hammered 15-5 by the Cardinals.Read more here.
Wright wants what is best for deGrom and the Mets. That means a long-term deal for the Cy Young winner.
Wright gives general manager Brodie Van Wagenen another way to reach out to players and to understand their thoughts. It’s a smart move.
“I think the benefit that I have and I think when Brodie approached me early on about doing something like this, I was hesitant because as much as I love the game and I have so many personal relationships with the guys in that clubhouse, it was weird to me,’’ Wright told The Post. “Brodie said he would like to utilize that to our advantage, because I want to be players-first, and you having those relationships I think will help the role that I perceive with you and this team.’’
As Van Wagenen told The Post in early February about the players: “They don’t work for us,’’ he said. “We work for them, to give them every bit of effort they are giving us.’’
Wright is part of that players-first approach.
“Knowing what it’s like to play and trying to communicate that between the players and the front office, so that it really does feel like a family, I think is a benefit,’’ Wright said.
“From a player’s perspective you always want to have open lines of communication and a good relationship with the front office and I think that is something I can help portray.
I think this is a good role for Wright. He can still have the hanging with the team, mentoring the players, and still be around the field. Hopefully he can keep folks from getting mad at management if they are given an extension.
Posted by Media Goon at 8:43:00 AM