Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/30/19


Fan experience issues at @Citifield



The post I wrote the other day about @Aramarksports and @Mets possibly needing to train their staff better sparked off some conversations about Citi Field on twitter.... Here's the post so you can catch up on what I wrote. Click here.

That post had a few replies...




Then it went to a subject we have talked about before. STOP USING THE FAMILY BATHROOMS IF YOU AREN'T WITH A FAMILY. 


This has got to be worked on. You have security walking around the concourse. No reason why they can't shoo away these adults that are on a "short" line. And for the adults that do this and then complain when an actual family needs to use the bathroom, you guys should realize the folly of your ways..

One of the things that I have complained about in the past seems to have stuck in a positive way. The ushers are still holding folks from walking back down to their seats during an at bat after the third inning. I am pleased that is still being a policy that is being enforced.





Creepy looking Mr Met Shirt

Found this on Lids(which Fanatics has a piece of). A creepy looking Mr Met Fanatics Branded shirt.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Mets Game notes 4/29/19


Is @Aramarksports/@Mets training their staff right?



As you see with the sign above the trash can the Mets have some concession stands that only take credit cards, which would be fine except it’s still slow. From what I have heard, the staff at these stands are even slower then if they had cash. Not only that, they also on Opening Day didn’t even put a hot dog in the bun into the Nathan’s box that it slides into. Does Aramark under staff their concession stands? From what I have heard in years past from sources, they do. And it also never seems like they train the new hires the right way either.

Saturday night, I went to the Porsche Club with 11 other folks to celebrate my birthday before the game. We had a reservation  for 6:15pm using open table and got there early and they sat us. We all ordered something to drink and we all decided to get the Market Table instead of entrees that includes the Market Table. Btw, the Market table is awesome and is basically one big all you can eat buffet. Has hot dogs, Mac and cheese, pastrami ruebens, pizza, meatballs, and more. So it’s nice and easy and the waiter is not being overworked by the group of us. The Porsche Clun wasn’t super busy that night, which if it was it would have been fine. We didn’t seee our waiter more then twice. One time when he took our drink order and abs at the end of the meal asking if we wanted anything else. I was so annoyed because he never checked on us to see if we needed more drinks, if we wanted to order more food, or if anything was wrong. Not one time in the forty five mins we were sitting there. The bus boys seemed unsure about picking up plates and refilling water and just seemed not well trained in just bussing tables.  It’s not that hard but I can see it being overwhelming if you are new at bussing tables(I’ve done it.) but the waiter had no excuse not to check on the table.

Maybe it’s early in the season and it will get better or maybe this is just a repeat of what has gone on years past with Aramark. I guess we’ll see.

McNeil should be the everyday third baseman for the Mets.

This guy has baseball IQ. He can hit. He can play the field. He should have one position...

@Mets posted a cool Pete Alonso video



This is a pretty cool video.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/26/19


Mets strongly advise to use Mass Transit for 4/27/19 Game





The Mets asked me to pass along that the parking lots are going to be jammed packed tomorrow for my birthday tomorrow, wait I mean for the Game of Thrones  Syndergaard bobblehead and are advising everyone to use mass transit.
 
“We strongly encourage fans attending Saturday’s Mets game to use mass transit, or rideshare services such as Uber, as a result of fewer available parking spaces due to the following:

•An expected large crowd for the game that night vs. Milwaukee at 7:10pm
•Reduced parking in Lot C due to setup for Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA show (which is running May 3 to June 9)
•Other scheduled events in the vicinity of Citi Field and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Thanks as always every set of eyes is potentially one driver that takes Uber or 7 train.
I never get why they have a circus going on in the parking lot during the season which impacts the baseball fans but what can you do. Maybe they can put the tent over across 126th street eventually. The Mets thank you in advance.

Summer in the Citi event



Turk Wendel talks with Howie Rose



Mets trying to get Mickey Mania back?




From the N.Y. Post

About that front office … let’s face it, after Callaway’s rocky rookie season, from the botched lineup card in Cincinnati (against Riggleman, then the Reds’ manager) to several eyebrow-raising quotes to other characteristic Mets nonsense, it would’ve been understandable for new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to walk in and view Callaway as a rapidly expiring carton of milk. Instead, “He’s been tremendous,” Callaway said of Van Wagenen. “There’s tons of communication. He’s involved in everything. It’s been such a great dialogue every day that we’re both learning a ton about each other and about everything. It’s been fun.”

Read more here.


Do you think the Mets are trying to get Mickey Mania back?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Daniel Murphy almost got Murphed by a mascot.

This was a close call for Murphy. Yeah I still like him as a player. Like him even more now that his not playing in the same division as the Mets.

Mets post game notes 4/24/19


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mets game notes 4/24/19


Screwball- The documentary.



Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch's medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his "health clinic", including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez's eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.
I didn't know if I was going to like this doc or not. I didn't like it. I loved it. They recreated what was going on with kid actors and it was hilarious.. It really feels like it needs to be made into a real Hollywood motion picture. This almost has a Get Shorty feel to it... If you haven't watched it yet, you should... Available on iTunes.

Charity Beer Pong Tournament at Mikkeller


The T7LA General is doing a good thing. He is helping to raise money for the Sunrise Day Camp. The Sunrise Day Camp is a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Want to come out and support the by playing? Email yagoevents@gmail.com. $50 reservation fee before 4/26. $70 after.

Mets Post Game Notes 4/23/19



Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies (12-11) vs. New York Mets (13-10)




Mets: Improved to 2-0 this homestand and 4-3 at Citi Field this year...Are 3-2 against Philadelphia this season.
- The Mets are now in sole possession of first place in the NL East...New York improved to 11-7 against the NL East this season. - Have won back-to-back games after losing two consecutive contests.
- Earned their third series win of the season.

Shutout: The Mets earned their second shutout of the year, also Opening Day, March 28 in Washington (2-0)...Notched their first shutout over the Phillies since July 11, 2018 in a 3-0 win at Citi Field.
Vs. Philadelphia: The Mets have won 22 of their last 29 series vs. the Phillies, but dropped the first series this year...New York is 52-29 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign, including 11-8 last year...New York has outhomered the Phillies, 127-74, since the start of the 2015 season.
Zack Wheeler (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 11 K): Earned the win in his 100th career start...Tied his season-high with 7.0 innings (also, April 17 at Philly)...Owns a 2.32 ERA (24 earned runs/93.0 innings) over his last 14 home starts dating to May 22, 2018.
- Bashed his first career home run in the fourth inning...Drove in two runs in the second inning with a double to right...Was his first double since July 29, 2018 at Pittsburgh and sixth of his career...The three RBI are a career high.

- Finished the game with 11 strikeouts, the fifth double-digit strikeout game of his career and first since August 20, 2018 vs. San Francisco. - Struck out nine of the first 13 batters he faced, including seven in a row.
- Threw his third consecutive quality start and eighth of his last 11 games, dating to August 20, 2018 vs. San Francisco.
- Has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven previous home starts vs. Philly.

- Has gone 16 consecutive starts allowing no more than six hits, the longest streak of his career. - Is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA (10 earned runs/38.1 innings) in seven starts at home against Philadelphia.
Zack Wheeler: Struck out seven consecutive Phillies from the second inning to the fourth inning...That is the tied for the fourth-longest single-game strikeout streak in team history...Courtesy of Elias.
Home Run & Double-Digit K Game: Zack Wheeler became the fifth pitcher in franchise history to hit a home run and strikeout 10 or more batters in a game...He joins Jacob deGrom (April 2, 2019 at Miami), Shawn Estes (June 15, 2002 vs. Yankees), Sid Fernandez (September 21, 1989 at St. Louis) and Tom Seaver (May 29, 1973 at San Francisco).
Extra-Base Hits By A Pitcher: Recorded two extra-base hits in the game...Marked the 11th time in franchise history that a pitcher collected two or more extra-base hits in a game...Last time was May 11, 2016 when Noah Syndergaard hit two home runs at Dodger Stadium...It is only the third time it has happened during a home game, also by Sid Fernandez on July 11, 1986 vs. Atlanta (two doubles) and by Gerry Arrigo in game one of a doubleheader on July 17, 1966 vs. Houston (two doubles).
Mets pitchers: Have recorded three home runs this season, which ties them with Arizona for the major league lead.Todd Frazier (1-4, HR, 4 RBI): Hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, the first by a Met this year...It was the fifth of his career and first since August 29, 2018 at Chicago-
NL.Jeff McNeil (0-3, BB, R): Recorded his first career outfield assist, throwing out Maikel Franco at home in the fourth inning.Brandon Nimmo (0-2): Left for precautionary reasons after the third inning with a left oblique twinge.
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Phillies: Have lost three consecutive games for the first time this year...Have now lost five of their last six contests...Fell to 4-7 on the road and 2-3 against the Mets....Marks the first time the Phillies were shut out this year.
Zach Eflin (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR): Pitched 4.0 innings, matching his shortest game of the season (also April 13 at Miami).J.T. Realmuto (2-3): Singled twice on the night...Has safely reached base in eight of his last nine games.
Maikel Franco (2-3, 2B): Has safely reached base in each of his last five games...Doubled in the fourth to break up seven consecutive strikeouts...Recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
Upcoming Pitching vs. Philadelphia
Wed., April 24 RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.55) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.58) 7:10 p.m. ET (SNY, ESPN, WCBS 880 AM, ESPN 1050 AM)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/23/19


Minor League Baseball and ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment to Refurbish Youth Baseball and Softball Fields Across the Country




Minor League Baseball and ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment to Refurbish Youth Baseball and Softball Fields Across the Country



“MiLB Project: Refresh” powered by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment begins this month
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. and CHICAGO, Ill., April 23, 2019 — Minor League BaseballTM (MiLBTM) is making a difference in local communities across the country through “MiLB Project: Refresh” in partnership with ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment and MiLB teams. As part of the initiative, the two organizations will team up to refurbish 15 youth baseball and softball fields in Minor League Baseball communities.
Fifteen MiLB teams were selected from numerous applications to receive resources to restore baseball and softball fields in need of repair. To complete their projects, participating teams will have use of ECHO outdoor power equipment and receive a stipend to help offset other expenses. Each project will be completed by volunteers from the MiLB team, local ECHO distributors and members of the community.
“‘MiLB Project: Refresh’ will help make playing fields for youth baseball and softball players safer and more accessible, allowing them to enjoy the game they love,” said Courtney Nehls, assistant director of community engagement for Minor League Baseball. “With the help of ECHO, we are giving back to and enhancing our communities, and ensuring that the game of baseball continues to flourish.”
“MiLB Project: Refresh” will impact thousands of baseball and softball players, in 15 states from Florida to Washington. Participating teams, with the help of their volunteers, will be rebuilding pitcher’s mounds, renovating concessions stands, leveling outfields, repairing fences and restoring dugouts, among other upgrades to diamonds and green spaces.
“At ECHO, we are very excited and proud of our partnership with MiLB in giving back to support the youth across the nation. ECHO’s participation in “MiLB Project: Refresh” is more than just improving baseball and softball fields, it’s also about providing important life lessons to future generations. We believe sports teach youth lessons in becoming successful adults. These critical lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, trust and empathy are just a few of the foundational elements that sports help our youth establish. Allowing them to do that in a safe and pleasant environment is key,” said Vice President of Marketing and Product, Wayne Thomsen for ECHO Inc.
Minor League Baseball Charities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving back to and enhancing the communities MiLB teams call home. In 2018, MiLB Charities contributed $45.1 million in donations and gifts-in-kind to organizations in need. Additionally, MiLB personnel volunteered more than 15,000 hours to enhance their communities.
For more information on MiLB Charities and its initiatives, visit MiLB.com. ###
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball 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. In 2018, Minor League Baseball attracted nearly 40.5 million fans to its ballparks to see baseball’s future stars and experience affordable family-friendly entertainment that has been a staple of Minor League Baseball since 1901. Visit www.MiLB.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About ECHO Incorporated
ECHO Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high performance outdoor power equipment for commercial and homeowner use. Based in the Chicagoland Suburbs, the corporation markets its products under the brand names ECHO, Shindaiwa and ECHO Bear Cat. To learn more about each, please visit www.echo-usa.com, www.shindaiwa-usa.com, or www.bearcatproducts.com.

Mets 4/22/19 Post game notes


Monday, April 22, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/22/19


Mookie Wilson and Jim Bruer?

This is a weird one.






Hey Long Island...baseball is back!!! and #1 NY Mets fan Jim Breuer wants to start the season off right by introducing a very special guest at his next performance of The Jim Breuer Residency at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, NY on Saturday, April 27th @ 8pm!  Make sure to get your tickets today to see Jim's favorite Centerfielder...#1 in your program & #1 in your heart...MOOKIE WILSON!

Don't miss 1986 World Champion NY Met Mookie Wilson as he makes a special guest appearance on Long Island next Saturday night!

Jim Breuer will have Mookie on hand at the show to talk NY Mets baseball, the 1986 World Series, and of course lots of comedy at The Paramount to celebrate Jim Breuer's 25th time performing in Huntington, Long Island, NY!  Click here to buy tickets now before they sell out!

Ed Kranepool found a kidney match.



Ed Kranepool seems to have found his kidney match.

From WFAN.com

Mets great Ed Kranepool has reportedly found a kidney donor.
Kranepool, 74, had been searching for a donor for two years. He told Newsday on Monday he is set to undergo a transplant in early May at Stony Brook University Hospital. The Mets are expected to make an official announcement before Monday night's game against the Phillies.
"I'm nervous, but also ecstatic," Kranepool, who has lived with diabetes for much of his life, told Newsday. "It’s very exhilarating, no question about it. It's life-saving. But I am nervous. It's a 3½-hour operation."

This is great news... read more here.

Are the Mets a good or bad team?



The Mets. Where do we begin? The Mets are now 11 and 10 going into a series with the Phillies tonight. Who are the real Mets? Are they the team that supposedly has a strong starting rotation? Are they the team that have a Cy Young Award winner? Well at least one that does t have a barking shoulder? What about their fielding depth?  As fans should we be worried about this season being another one of  those seasons that start off promising and then go to hell or should we keep our chin up and hope for the best? Alonso is a beast.McNeil is hitting the ball. Nimmo is coming around.  Conforto is hitting. Cano not so much. Pitching wise Diaz is solid. Familia is scary. Rest of the bullpen doesn’t seem like it is firing on all cylinders. So what do the Mets have to do to get this team going? Sign another pitcher? Maybe two? 

Hopefully they can get it done.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mets 4/21/19 Game Notes

TRANSACTIONS: Today, the Mets recalled LHP Daniel Zamora from Triple-A Syracuse...After yesterday's game, the Mets optioned RHP Chris Flexen to Syracuse.


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it today....


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/20/19

Chris Flexen called up to pitch today. Jacob deGrom on injured reserves.


Go to Mets Italian Heritage Day with the Italian American Baseball Foundation



The IABF - Italian American Baseball Foundation is honored to be part of the New York Mets Italian Heritage Day at Citi Field on Sunday May 12 - Mets vs Marlins at 1:00.
A portion of the tickets purchased from the attached link will go to the IABF.
I hope you will join us and GrowingUpItalian for a fun day at Citi Field. Bring Mom to the ball park for a great Mothers Day present.
https://groupmatics.events/event/IABF…
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The Italian American Baseball Foundation is a 501c3 charity foundation established in 2016.
The IABF is committed to developing and promoting youth baseball & softball in the United States and Italy by sponsoring clinics and camps supervised by MLB players, scouts and College coaches.
The IABF donates baseball equipment to organized youth teams as well as individuals in need of uniforms, bats, gloves, cleats and more.
The IABF sponsors College showcases in the US and Italy for High School students to display their talent in front of the top College Baseball & Softball programs in the United States.
The IABF provides legal assistance for the Italian Olympic and WBC baseball Teams.
Our future goal is to build an international youth baseball/softball academy that will combine education and baseball.
The IABF is committed to achieving excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

Mets in Men In Black 3



I got sucked into this movie again. It always happens when I turn the channel and I hit the scene about the Mets... I just love the "love" for the favorite moment in human history....

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/19/19


Mets running out of minor league options?


This is really intersting. The Mets are running low on players with minor league options, especially pitchers. So what do the METS do when they run out of options and the pitchers get hurt or just suck?

From the NY Post


Read more here...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NY Film Tax Incentive really works....



This is why I keep telling you guys that the NY Film Tax Incentive is important. The business just keeps getting bigger and bringing in more and more jobs. Click here to read what the Tax Incentive is.

From Variety

Netflix plans to open a new production and office facility in Manhattan — which will provide up to $100 million in investments to New York City and result in hundreds of new jobs, according to New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Netflix’s new corporate offices in the Big Apple will take up 100,000 square feet at 888 Broadway in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. The offices will house 127 new executive employees in NYC that Netflix plans to hire by 2024 — including content acquisition, development, production, legal, publicity and marketing positions — in addition to the company’s 32 current New York-based employees.nder the deal with Netflix, Empire State Development — the state’s economic development agency — has offered up to $4 million in performance-based tax credits over 10 years, which are directly tied to job creation. 
To receive the full incentive, Netflix must create the 127 jobs by 2024 at its new executive production office and then retain those new jobs (and their existing 32 office jobs) for another five years.
In addition, Netflix has leased approximately 161,000 square feet to build six sound stages and support spaces at 333 Johnson Ave. in Brooklyn. Those are expected to house thousands of production jobs within five years, according to state officials.
Jason Hariton, Netflix’s director of worldwide studio operations and real estate, said in a statement, “New York has created a film-friendly environment that’s home to some of the best creative and executive talent in the world, and we’re excited to provide a place for them at Netflix with our production hub.”
Read more here.

The New York Mets Extend Partnership With Hospital for Special Surgery To Be The Presenting Partner of the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic



The New York Mets Extend Partnership With
Hospital for Special Surgery To Be The Presenting Partner of the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic

Dominican baseball prospects to be treated by
No. 1 ranked hospital in the United States for orthopedics


NEW YORK (April 18, 2019) – The New York Mets have selected Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as the Presenting Partner of the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic.

This partnership with the Mets Academy will allow HSS to have full medical integration within the Dominican training facility over the next several years, which will include providing Latin American prospects with access to high quality preventative, surgical, rehabilitative, performance, and consulting services. Additionally, HSS will look to host educational workshops to medical professionals in the Dominican Republic as well as community and charitable events at the facility.

As the Mets Academy’s Presenting Partner, HSS will also receive branding within the training facility, which will be on display during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 22 at 11:30am.

“HSS has been a tremendous partner and supporter of all our health and performance programs for years and in addition to keeping our players healthy, they will join us in all our Dominican Academy community initiatives we participate in,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Our Academy is such an important part of our organization that it only makes sense for HSS to provide the same advantages to all our athletes in the Dominican Republic.”

“HSS has a long specialized history in working with high-performing athletes with our clinical expertise and sports medicine research, said David W. Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS and medical director of the Mets. “We have been providing day-to-day coverage for the Mets for more than 25 years, as well as assisting in the decision-making for each player’s course of care throughout the seasons, and now look forward to enabling baseball prospects in this region to maintain long and healthy careers.”

Built in 2008, the Mets Academy is dedicated to developing Latin American baseball prospects; both on and off the field. The training facility is home to 3 full baseball fields, a professional-grade clubhouse, along with full-serve practice facility including batting cages, pitching mounds, san track and swimming pool. Through different educational programs, the Mets not only support players to further refine their baseball techniques, but also provide them with workshops to learn English and opportunities to participate in community initiatives.

HSS Sports Medicine Institute boasts a team of physicians dedicated to treating athletic injuries of the musculoskeletal system that fields more than 95,000 patient visits each year and perform more than 10,000 surgeries. HSS physicians serve as team physicians and athletic trainers for more than 30 professional and college teams and organizations.

About HSS 
Hospital for Special Surgery HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In addition, HSS will be opening a new facility in Florida in late 2019. In 2018, HSS provided care to 139,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures, and people from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


Supposed Thor “Pine Tar” Ball for auction




This guy wants a $1000 for the ball that you see in the video where Syndergaard May or may not have had pine tar in his glove. This guys is also delusional btw looking for that kind of money. Well, at least that’s just my opinion.

It pains me to sell this as I am a HUGE Noah Syndergaard fan. Picked this up at Citizens Bank Park Game Used shop before 4/16 game not realizing it was anything other than a Thor Hammer vs Hoskins. Noticed today what I actually purchased, so with a kid in college, figured I see what it was worth. If it doesn't sell will remain a treasured part of my collection for just being a Syndergaard K.

How often do you get the chance to own a genuine piece of history?

MLB authenticated game used baseball.

Noah Syndergaard career strikeout #601 vs, Rhys Hoskins 4/15/19

Possibly more important, this is the actual ball in the video that has caused an uproar for Thor. 
(Link to video below)


Caption states 1 out 5th Inning

If you watch the start of the video, you see Thor getting the throw from an infielder out of camera shot. 
Why? 
Because they threw ball around the horn after Rhys Hoskins's K. (If you pull up video of "Thor's 9 K" from that day on Mets' website, you will see Ramos throw down to 3B after Hoskins's K) 
That was the first out of the 5th.
Walking to mound, we see Noah go to glove, then get set to pitch.

As authenticated by MLB, this is the ball that struck out Hoskins, and was also thrown to J.T. Realmuto to start his at bat, proving that this has to be the ball in the video.

Take a look and judge for yourself if there is any foreign substance on the baseball (other than of course Lena Blackburne's mud)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/17/19

TRANSACTIONS: Today, the Mets recalled RHP Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Syracuse...RHP Drew Gagnon has been optioned to Syracuse.



Another day, another horrible Mets pitching experience.



What the hell is going on with the Mets pitching right now? I know I asked this question yesterday but look at this nonsense. Matz didn’t even get out of the first inning! The Mets don’t just have one pitching coach, they have two! One is the damn manager of the team! How are these pitchers with such high caliber talent shitting the bed the way they are? Is it mechanics? Is it the pitching philosophy? Or is it just a bad luck time where everyone is just sucking all at one time? I was lucky enough to miss most of this game because of work yesterday. Why do the two pitching coaches do to remedy this? Anyone have any ideas?

Ron Darling has surgery



From the NY Post.

PHILADELPHIA — Ron Darling’s surgery to remove a mass in his chest was successful, according to SNY broadcaster Gary Cohen, who made the announcement on the air during the Mets’ 14-3 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night. Darling is expected to miss at least a month in the booth as he recovers.

Read more here.

I am sure we are all glad Ronnie is doing okay.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/16/19


Is it the Mets pitching or the managing which sucks right now?


The Mets pitching has just been off the last few games. Is it something  going on with the players themselves? Or is it the managers/coaching? deGrom and. Syndergaard have been off their games these last few starts. The pitching coach says it’s something mechanical that is any easy fix with deGrom. He hasn’t said what’s going on with Thor though. Wheeler looks a little rough too. Matz is Matz but Vargas. He needs to be put in long relief. I think that might help his game a bit.
The relievers are looking a little spotty also. Anyone else feel like Callaway is overusing some folks in the bullpen or is it just me? I had to be up at 2:30 am today for work so I couldn’t catch the whole game but I got to see Gsellman walk in a run. I don’t get get how a former pitching coach can’t manage his pitchers. His hitters seem fine. Just the pitchers. I can’t blame a lot of the pitchers. The problem also stems from some of these weird pitching moves. What ya doing Mickey?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mets 4/15/19 Game Notes. Gagnon up Guillorme down.

TRANSACTIONS: Today, the Mets recalled RHP Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Syracuse...Infielder Luis Guillorme has been optioned to Syracuse.




Mets Jackie Robinson Day Video

MLB, do you guys care that ESPN Sunday Night Baseball just blows?


I can not watch this train wreck  that’s ESPN calls a baseball telecast. They do not focus on the game at all and how can someone who “works” for the Mets call a game from the booth? Hey Hank Aaron come in and we are going to focus on you for a few innings instead of having you on a pre game show to pay proper respect to you and the sport that you were a part of. I am so tired of this nonsense. I started watching it, and shut it off really quickly. And it had nothing to do with the product on the field for a change. God. ESPN you suck so hard.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/14/19. Sewald up from Triple A


TRANSACTIONS: Today, the Mets recalled RHP Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse...RHP Corey Oswalt has been optioned to Syracuse.








Vargas was just awful yesterday.


I think it is safe to say that Vargas isn’t going to be wearing the ASG Cap this year at the All Star Game. I haven’t see. A pitcher struggle like that in a long ass time. 36 pitches, one third of an inning and numerous runs allowed with bases still loaded. Now, I am not calling for Vargas to be released or to be traded but he can’t start anymore. Maybe move him into a releif role. Then I would have said move Oswalt into that 5th spot and sign Keuchel where you move him up in the rotation and have Matz and Wheeler pitch 4 and 5. Oswalt has a stinker coming in yesterday too. Ooffah.
The Mets bats tried to fight back but it was too much of a lead for them to battle back from twice.

Brody. Do the right thing and get the team another pitcher.

Ron Darling having surgery. Taking leave from SNY.



Ron Darling announces yesterday that he is taking a medical leave absence from SNY because he needs surgery to remove a large mass on his lung. That came out of nowhere and is a huge shock. Fans love Ron Darling in the Booth and as a person. We were lucky to have him at the inaugural QBC (Queensland Baseball Convention) and he was a class act that day. We at the QBC and also themediagoon.com wish Ron a safe surgery and a speedy recovery so he can resume a normal life.

Todd Zeile the former Met who does analysis for SNY and was a guest at QBC 2019 will be filling in for Ron.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mets Game Notes 4/13/19


I sent two Mets jerseys from my collection to @GoldinAuctions


I decided I have too much stuff. My storage room is busting at the seams and it is time to start liquidating some of my assets. I decided to send two of some of the best jerseys that I have to Goldin Auctions.

The first one id from the Johan Santana no hitter...

2012 Dave Hudgens Game Used New York Mets Home Jersey Used on 6/1/12 For Mets' 1st No Hitter - Signed by Johan Santana (MLB Authenticated)

This is only a preview. The auction will open on: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens wore this white New York Mets home jersey on June 1st, 2012, during Johan Santana’s historic no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Santana threw 134 pitches in this game, striking out eight Cardinals as he threw the first and to-date only no-no in Mets franchise history. This button-down New York jersey has “Mets” and Hudgens’ number “51” sewn across the chest in blue and orange tackle twill. “HUDGENS” and a second “51” are sewn on the back of the jersey in blue and orange tackle twill. A Mets 50th Anniversary patch is sewn on the left sleeve and a Gary Carter “Kid 8” memorial patch is sewn on the right. A Majestic size “48” tag is applied to the front left tail below a “51 48 ’12 S1” swatch. Johan Santana has signed the back of this jersey in blue marker, inscribing “Mets 1st No Hitter 6/1/12” below his signature. This jersey comes with a MLB Authenticated hologram (EK 048206). 


The Auction goes live on Monday 4/15/19.. Click here for this jersey. Bidding starts at $150.


2016 Bartolo Colon Game Used New York Mets Jackie Robinson Day Road Jersey (MLB Authenticated)

New York Mets ace Bartolo Colon wore this gray Mets road jersey on April 15th, 2016 against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The Mets won this game 6-5 with Colon pitching 5.1 innings to earn the win. Colon allowed two earned runs as his victory tied him with Pedro Martinez for second all-time in wins amongst Dominican born pitchers. This offered Mets button-down road jersey has “NEW YORK” and “42” sewn on the chest in blue and orange tackle twill. As April 15th is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, all players wear the number “42” to commemorate the historic event. A second “42” is sewn on the back of the jersey, also in blue and orange tackle twill. A Mets skyline logo patch is sewn on the left sleeve above a blue Majestic logo. The sides and back tail of this FlexBase jersey are constructed of a gray mesh fabric. A Majestic size “56” tag is applied to the front left tail. This jersey comes with a MLB Authenticated hologram (JB 368534) authenticating use of this jersey by Bartolo Colon during the April 15th, 2016 game.


This also goes live on Monday. You can click here to get to it. Bidding Starts at $200