Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dream Team Basketball gear is available.


When I was in my early teens, the Team USA Dream Team was the biggest thing that was happening. I remember I wanted some of the gear. I used to play basketball in Freshman and Sophomore years in HS 10 hours a day in the summer. Looks like the gear is back. Now I have to decide if I might buy any.



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Baseball Players vs Owners playing 2020 season




NBA, NHL, MLS, AEW, WWE, probably the NBA have all worked out ways to bring sports (sports entertainment) back to the fans during this pandemic. Funny enough the players and owners of  the MLB can’t get out of their own way and bring baseball back. Honestly at this point, even though I love baseball, I feel like I don’t care if it comes back or not in 2020z

From the NY Post.

There will be more fights, naturally. There might not be much living for baseball, though, if the players and owners can’t find sufficient common ground in the next week or so to restart this pandemic-delayed campaign. And this sliding-scale concept, proposed by MLB to the players association on Tuesday, generated about as much excitement on the players’ side as did the “No postgame showers” suggestion.
As veteran pitcher Brett Anderson of the Brewers tweeted, “Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys.”
Of course the players view this as a divisive tactic. How couldn’t they? Suddenly Gerrit Cole and his fellow baseball one-percenters find themselves with the dilemma of being either magnanimous or selfish? Yuck.
Don’t bother summoning setups that might seem comparable on the surface. The collectively bargained revenue-sharing rules, by which the big-market entity Yankees must write a check to the small-market Rays and so on, are founded on the principle of competitive balance. This idea emanates from the principal that the clubs want to save. When teams deploy sliding scales on their own employees, as the Mets recently did to control costs during the shutdown, they can do so unchecked. Whereas for teams to proffer that to a union, to instruct it how to divvy up its share of the kitty, feels patronizing.
Read more here.

Anyone else feel this way?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

@QBConvention: Would you want to see a Queens Baseball Convention(QBC) Virtual event?


I have been tossing this idea around with Dan after seeing so many folks I know being a part of other type of virtual conventions. Would this be something that would interest you folks?

New York Mets donate 100,000 face masks to MTA



From AMNY.com
The New York Mets have joined the effort to keep MTA workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mets donated 100,000 cloth face masks to the transit agency, which is distributing them to its workers, the MTA announced Friday.
“On behalf of Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the entire Mets organization, we are proud to provide masks for the frontline workers at the MTA,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Providing masks is our way of saying thank you to these brave individuals for all they are doing during the pandemic.”
The masks are the Mets colors of blue and orange, and read “New York Tough.”
“I thank the New York Mets for this terrific delivery – it’s a home run for the MTA and its entire workforce who are the heroes moving heroes of this pandemic,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “I can’t wait to see the team on the field because I’m unbelievably bullish about their prospects.”
Read more here.

That's good to help out. But I thought that Essential workers need the N95s.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Have a safe Memorial Day.



Have a safe Memorual Day. Remember those that have gave their lives to keep us safe.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Mets Tiki Shirt



Description
Celebrate your New York Mets with this unique Tiki button-up shirt. It has a fun and exciting pattern to ensure you're always ready for a victory party. The one-of-a-kind graphics on this New York Mets shirt will show that your lifelong loyalty is never-ending.


This would be a cool Father’s Day gift. I also am not linking this because it’s on the website I don’t like to use or promote. Just do a google search and you can find this.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

New Book: Working a "Perfect Game"- Conversations With Umpires



Over the course of four years, prolific baseball writer and editor Bill Nowlin interviewed 72 major league umpires, another two dozen call-up and AAA umpires, and four umpire supervisors. The result is the most complete and intimate portrait ever done of a vitally important yet largely unappreciated aspect of professional baseball.
Nowlin’s deep knowledge of the game and of umpiring and his conversational interview style provide the perfect setting for the umpires to open up about themselves and their profession, and they do. From part-time call-ups to 30+ year veterans, the profiles that take shape transform the “men in blue” from anonymous background figures to fully formed characters—passionate, dedicated, driven, grateful.
Join all the big-name umpires and young up-and-comers as they describe the challenges, frustrations, and disappointments they have faced, while they speak to the excitement and honor of being at the pinnacle of their profession, all the while mixing in funny and poignant moments from their careers.
By the end of Working a “Perfect Game,” readers not only have a detailed picture of the day-to-day life of a major league umpire, but also an authentic understanding of the personalities and people hidden behind the mask of the game’s arbiters.
Bill Nowlin's book is divided into two parts: A collection of interviews, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at everything umpire, from school, to the minor leagues, to getting the call, to spring training, to favorite positions, to instant replay, and more. Read about
  • The long, hard road to reaching the majors, from umpire school, to the low minors, onward to Triple A until getting the call – 10 years or more of grueling travel, cheap hotels, and low pay
  • The passion that drives umpires – the pursuit of perfection and the love of baseball
  • The variety of ways the umps got started and who helped them keep their eyes on the prize
  • The never-ending logistics – airplanes, hotels, different cities, different ballparks
  • Life under a microscope, with every ball and strike and every safe and out evaluated electronically, with results tabulated and reported and game tapes published
  • Ejections – a necessary task, but one that is anything but relished, and why every umpire recalls the first time he gave someone the thumb
  • The thrill of post season baseball, from the joy of getting the call to the intense pressure of the ultimate baseball spotlight
  • The burden and privilege of being the ultimate upholders of the integrity of baseball, a responsibility that they take very seriously
Working a “Perfect Game” will give you deep insight into and understanding of the most important part of baseball no one knows about – umpiring. You’ll never watch a game the same way.

For more info and to order click here.

Mets Lantern.



Tell your friends and neighbors that you are proud to be a New York Mets fan. With this Solar Garden Lantern, put your New York Mets pride on display in your yard or garden and no one will doubt where your allegiance lies. Add this piece to your New York Mets collection today.

I wonder if Bray Wyatt/The Fiend would want this.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Baseball- Who thinks it going to get played after this?

Who do we think the villains of this story is?


From the NY POST
The Post, however, has obtained a March 26 email from an MLB lawyer to top league officials that documents the substance of talks between two MLB officials and two MLBPA officials from earlier that morning. The email covers seven points, including that MLB explained to the union officials that MLB would need a second negotiation if games were not played in front of fans to determine pay and claims that union officials understood that concept.
Thus, the email seemingly offers evidence that the union was aware that further talks were potentially necessary.
The two sides had a formal negotiating session last Tuesday in which MLB laid out extensively its proposal for restarting the game focusing on safety and health guidelines The sides also talked economics, but MLB did not make its expected proposal for a 50-50 split in revenues this year. The sides have not formally spoken since, with the clock ticking if MLB actually intends to begin a second spring training in mid-June and start the season the first week of July.
The staredown and absence of talks is based on neither side wanting to flinch on economics. Players Association executive director Tony Clark and powerful agent Scott Boras have been publicly strong in stating the matter of salary already has been determined for a 2020 restart and no further negotiations need be held. 
“The contract itself is very clear that in the event of a partial season players will get paid pro rata salary — whether with fans or without. And it doesn’t require any further concessions on pay from players who have already agreed to give up billions of dollars in salary in the event of a partial season in which they would be taking on unprecedented risks and burdens. Having said that, both sides are free to make any additional proposals they want. If they have a proposal on economics they should make it as we’ve repeatedly invited them to do. We have the right to respond to it. Despite all their posturing they still haven’t done so. Rather than actually negotiating over these issues the league is focusing on leaking self-serving internal memos to the media. Public posturing is not going to help us have a season.
“That the Commissioner’s office has claimed it needs additional salary concessions should not be surprising to anybody. But there’s a difference between what they are entitled to and what they want. The fact is that the league has conceded that they will be better off economically playing a season than not playing a season. And so far the league has not provided any underlying documents to support their economic claims. Meanwhile we continue to focus on the health and safety aspects of the league’s proposal.” 

Read more here. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Brian Myers FKA WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins has some cool merch out.



Brian Myers friend of the Queens Baseball Convention. Friend of this site. Friend of Media Goon himself has some cool new merchandise out on Pro Wrestling Tees right now. I picked up this cool looking orange and blue cap from there. 

Here are some cool shirts.






Get yours here.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Mets Amazin’ Activities


 Mets have this up on their website. Click the pic.

Mets Masks for sale

When in modern times would you think places like Lids and MLB Shop would be selling face masks.


I guess these could be worn whenever the fans can go back to games? Maybe for players to wear on field?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Cuomo says Horse and Car Race Tracks can reopen June 1st. Baseball might be next.



As long as there aren't any crowds sports events can start coming back. I still don't know how I feel about any of this anymore.

From the NY Daily News

Gov. Cuomo announced horse racetracks and an upstate car-racing track can reopen June 1, but fans will have to stay away for now.And he suggested it might not be long before the Yankees or Mets could be playing, too.
The order means races can start running again at Belmont Park as Cuomo seeks to reopen the state without causing a spike in coronavirus cases or deaths.
“Remember, the problem here are crowds and gatherings. So what can you do or what economic activity is willing to reopen without a crowd?” Cuomo said. “It can still be televised. Great. If you can have economic activity without a crowd, that’s great.”
Along with Belmont, which is run by a state agency, the Watkins Glen International track in upstate Schuyler County will open to prepare for a NASCAR race planned for August. The famed Saratoga Race Track is also set to reopen in August.As for baseball, Cuomo said he has no control over whether or how Major League Baseball decides to restart.He suggested he has no problem with games as long as proper safety precautions are taken, which he said would rule out fans attending for now.

Read more here.

MLB's plan to open up baseball.



Let's see some of what MLB is talking about to restart the league.

From the NY POST.

Spring Training.
Upon arriving at spring training, all players and support staff must undergo a screening 48-72 hours prior to the report date. Temperatures will be taken with a contactless thermometer, either a saliva or nasal swab test will be administered and so will a blood test. The MLB plan then calls for those tested to self-quarantine for the 24-48 hours until results are generated.

A negative test will allow a player to join spring training. A positive test would lead to the person being forbidden from club facilities and being placed in self-isolation.
For the entirety of the 2020 season, the plan calls for players to have their temperatures taken twice daily and screening for the virus multiple times a week.
Any individual with a temperature more than 100 degrees or symptoms of the virus will be subject to immediate screening for COVID-19.
Further items include:

Testing/Medical Protocols
— Each club must maintain a dedicated testing site outside of the home or visiting clubhouses in spring training and its major league facility for testing.
— Each club must maintain an isolation area as far from clubhouses as possible for any individual showing symptoms or who has registered a positive test.
— MLB will provide free diagnostics for those who live in the household of individuals with ballpark access, plus health care workers and first responders in the team’s home city as a public service.
— Players will be provided thermometers to use each morning twice consecutively and then have to register the results in a database.
— MLB will not formally restrict off-field activities, but will encourage those who are part of the game to avoid areas such as crowded bars, clubs and restaurants and other activities that increase the risk of contracting the virus. Who Has Access In Spring/Regular Season
— There will be three tiers for each team
Tier 1: players (maximum 50), manager, coaches (8 maximum), bullpen catchers (2 maximum), trainers (2 maximum), team physicians (2 maximum), strength/condition coach (1 maximum),
Tier 1 has access to restricted areas such as clubhouses. Lockers in the home and visiting clubhouses must be arranged to have six feet between them and/or use other areas to build temporary lockers to afford the spacing. Showering in the clubhouse is discouraged as is use of indoor hitting cages when outdoor batting practice is available. Those throwing batting practice must wear masks.
Only active players and those likely to be used should sit in dugouts during games with spacing. Those not active will have designated areas, including sitting in the stands. Buffet-style meals are prohibited. The use of all saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy pools and cryotherapy chambers are prohibited.
Tier 2: Is non-playing personnel who can maintain distance from Tier 1 and wear protective items while performing their jobs. This includes clubhouse staff, additional coaches, strength and conditioning staff and medical staff, traveling secretary, ownership, baseball operations staff, media relations, translators, video/replay personnel, head groundskeeper and security. Teams may have no more than 35 individuals in Tier 2 at any time.
Tier 3: Includes broadcasters, transportation providers and additional security who do not need contact with Tier 1 personnel. There may be up to 150 Tier 3 individuals at one time.

During Games
— When the ball is out of play or in between pitches, fielders are encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner.
— First and third base coaches must remain in or behind the coach’s box and shall not approach a baserunner, fielder or umpire on-field.
— Players on opposite teams should not socialize, fraternize, or come within six feet of each other before the game, during warm-ups, in-between innings or after the game.
— Pitchers should bring their own rosin bag to the mound, and batters should have their own pine tar and batting donuts that they bring with them to and from the on-deck circle.
— All non-playing personnel must wear masks at all times in the dugout and all personnel must make all efforts to avoid touching their face with their hands (including to give signs), wiping away sweat with their hands, licking their fingers, whistling with their fingers, etc. Spitting is prohibited (including but not limited to, saliva, sunflower seeds, or tobacco) at all times in club facilities.
— Any baseball that is put in play and touched by multiple players shall be removed and exchanged for a new baseball. After an out, players are strongly discouraged from throwing the ball around the infield.
Read more here.

This is very, very interesting. Is it even worth playing? I miss baseball but we have already gotten through a couple of months without it.


Friday, May 15, 2020

The Pandemic Baseball Book Club


There are some writers that I know here first hand, like Brian Wright, Michael Stahl and the author of this piece Mark Healey. Mark is a fella I have known for a while now and he is one of the biggest supporters of the Queens Baseball Convention and a solid guy all around. I want to put this out there to help Mark, Michael, Brian and the other authors that I don't know personally. We've all have had various degrees of boredom during this Stay at Home time and what better way to relieve some of that boredom then by reading some books that baseball is the subject? Also if you want to see my interview with Michael Stahl co author of Big Sexy: In is Own Words , click here. I was thinking about doing an interview with Mark also. I am in the midst of reading Gotham Baseball and I think interviewing Mark about it might be fun. Anyway let's get on with this post Mark I apologize now for taking a lot of the article from the Rockawave but I think in your words this will get explained better.

From Rockawave

A group of baseball authors forms group to support each other during COVID-19

As our country continues to suffer through this coronavirus pandemic, with lives being lost every day, and brave folks working on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe and healthy, having to cancel a book launch is a very minor thing.
The members of the Pandemic Baseball Book Club all recognize this, but when you are an author, and you spend years writing a book, you still have to find a way to promote it. The question is how to do so in these unprecedented times.

When Jason Turbow, author of They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers had a few book events shelved, an idea started to form.
“Two bookstore Q&As I was scheduled to do in April — with Eric Nusbaum and Brad Balukjian, respectively — were canceled due to the pandemic, I began thinking about ways that baseball authors might be able to promote new releases amid a fractured landscape,” said Turbow. “Doing the Q&As virtually made sense, with video posted for whoever might be interested. Eric came up with the name. I built a website. Brad helped organize. We started to recruit authors with their own impacted book launches. Anika Orrock gave us some amazing artwork and boundless enthusiasm. Before we knew it there were nearly 20 of us, supporting each other in whatever ways we could, a community of long-timers and first-timers bonded together in a way that we’d never have even considered had the world around us not fallen apart. The impending plight of independent bookshops became clearer, that became another mission. Now we drive any sales we can to bookshop.org,” said Turnow 


Anika Orrock is the author and illustrator of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
“The moment I saw Brad Balukjian’s post about his book tour cancellations, I became aware I was not the only person launching years of research and hard work into a pandemic void (without baseball, no less),” said Orrock. “When we connected with one another, and then with Jason Turbow and Eric Nusbaum, and then with a handful of other baseball authors, I realized we were on to something––and not simply a promotional platform. Our experimental gathering-slash-support group has grown into a sizable innovative community. In a time of isolation, the most typically-isolated kind of people have managed to come together over the two things they have in common: baseball and unfortunate timing. But perhaps just baseball.”

Balukjian, author of The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife is another one of the founders of the club.
“Pre-pandemic, I started Tweeting about other people’s baseball books, figuring we shouldn’t look at each other as competition, but as collaborators,” said Balukjian. “Without knowing her at all, I Tweeted Anika to congratulate her on being the #1-selling baseball book on Amazon, and she quickly wrote back to thank me and suggested we talk about how we could work together to promote during the pandemic. The next thing you know, we had a logo, a website, a podcast, and 20 writers working together!”
Eric Nusbaum, author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between was supposed to be part of a Q&A with Jason Turbow in San Francisco to discuss Stealing Home and They Bled Blue.
“When I wrote him in March to officially cancel the event, he responded to the effect of ‘how about some sort of online book promotion instead?” and Nusbaum thought it was a great idea.

“I’ve been along for the ride ever since,” he said.
First-time author D.B. Firstman, Hall of Name: Baseball’s Most Magnificent Monikers from ‘The Only Nolan’ to ‘Van Lingle Mungo’ and More, had been following Balukjian on Twitter and was supposed to have a book launch on April 3.
“I was already following Brad on Twitter in the months leading up to the publishing of his book, so when he started talking about forming this club, I asked him if I could join,” said Firstman. “After all, I’m a first-time self-published author, trying to get my books into the hands of readers in any way possible, and I was willing to pitch in in any way they needed.”

Emily Nemens, author of The Cactus League had been in touch with Orrock on Twitter before the pandemic began.
“Annika and I were two women with baseball books coming out this spring—both a bit odd-lady out (mine being fiction, hers illustrated). A mutual admiration society, you could say. When the pandemic hit, she quickly pulled me into PBBC,” said Nemens.
Mitchell Nathanson, author of Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original was one of the first members of the PBBC.

“I was invited by Brad shortly after the ‘core four’ founded it, he said. “[That] makes me sort of the Scott Brosius of the PBBC.”
A reviewer of Jacob Kornhauser’s The Cup of

Coffee Club: 11 Players and Their Brush with Baseball History pointed him toward the club as a possible promotional tool as the pandemic started.
“I’m so glad he did because I’ve made friends and colleagues where I never would have and have helped promote not only my book but new baseball books as a whole this Spring,” said Kornhauser.

Jon Pessah stumbled across the PBBC while doing searches of baseball-related websites, saw a few authors he knew that had joined the group, and made a mental note. As he was getting to release his latest book Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask, his agent sent him an email with the link and one word: Interesting!
“That was followed by another email from my publisher with the same message,” said Pessah. “By the time Brad reached out to me, I already knew I wanted to be part of this group.

Chris Haft learned about the club through word-of-mouth, and as he put it, “almost by standing on the balcony of his apartment in Oakland and yelling across San Francisco Bay.”

“John Shea, the great San Francisco Chronicle baseball reporter who happens to be a great friend of mine, urged me a couple of weeks ago to contact Jason Turbow about joining the club,” said Haft.

Haft collaborated on From the Stick to the Cove: My Six Decades with the San Francisco Giants, an autobiography of longtime clubhouse attendant Mike Murphy, who’s kind of a cult figure among longtime Giants fans (he gets standing ovations during pregame introductions on Opening Day).

“This word-of-mouth phenomenon is what we’re missing in the absence of Major League baseball being played,” said Haft. “John, who just released his unparalleled book on Willie Mays [24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid] and I were counting on plenty of free publicity from the Giants’ broadcasters, who surely would have talked about our respective books during game broadcasts. So this club is a godsend for helping put the word out. Even if we had “normal” baseball, this club still would be a great way for us to meet, bond, and exchange thoughts and ideas.”

Ralph Carhart is getting ready to release his book, By The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown said he followed a bunch of the authors on twitter and saw they were forming this collective, “so I reached out to one of them and they invited me to join them.”

As for me, I stumbled across the PBBC by accident, on social media, and wanted to be a part of it.; I love that a portion of sales from Gotham Baseball: New York’s All-Time Teamis going to help out indie bookstores like Avoid The Day Bookstore in Rockaway.
The fact that this group of authors big and small is supporting each other is additionally great.
Other titles of the PBBC include:
The New York Mets All-Time All-Stars: The Best Players at Each Position for the Amazin’sBy Brian Wright
Baseball for Kids: A Young Fan’s Guide to the History of the…By Adam C MacKinnon
Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run RevolutionBy Jared Diamond
Billy Ball: Billy Martin and the Resurrection of the Oakland A’sBy Dale Tafoya
Isabel “lefty” Alvarez: The Improbable Life of a Cuban American Baseball StarBy Kat D. Williams
Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team ChemistryBy Joan Ryan
K: A History of Baseball in Ten PitchesBy Tyler Kepner
Big Sexy: In His Own WordsBy Bartolo Colon and Michael Stahl
You can purchase any of the books listed in this story at www.pbbclub.com/ where you can also see and hear interviews with many of the authors, read the blog, and get cool swag from the online shop.
The Pandemic Baseball Book Club illustrations are by Anika Orrock

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David Wright should be getting full pay in for 2020


From the NY Post
Former Mets captain David Wright, who retired after the 2018 season, is still expected to receive his full salary — even though Major League Baseball has been shut down since mid-March and is holding out hope to play an 82-game season.

The Mets owe Wright $12 million, but his salary is partly covered by insurance. The former Mets captain received $15 million in 2019.

Though Wright is still set to receive a big payday, the highest-paid player in baseball this season might be a former slugger who has not appeared in a game since July 18, 2016.
According to The Athletic, Prince Fielder, owed $24 million in the final year of his contract with the Rangers, is to receive his full termination pay under terms of the March agreement between the owners and players regarding a shortened or canceled 2020 season.
Read more here.

At least this doesn't have to become the Bonilla getting paid joke.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

I can't even come up with a headline for this. Kinda feels like whining about money but I back the health safety concerns.



Take less money to play baseball in 2020? Blake Snell will see you in 2021.

The Rays’ Cy Young Award winner made little secret about how he feels regarding a potential 50-50 revenue split that MLB owners are expected to propose to the union in order to resume its season, saying it’s “just not worth it” to play on a reduced salary.

“Y’all gotta understand, man, for me to go, for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof, it’s a shorter season, less pay,” Snell said Wednesday night on his Twitch channel.

“I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? And that’s just the way it is for me. Like, I’m sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower, why would I think about doing that? Like you know, I’m just, I’m sorry.”
I get the players not wanting to play. I get wanting money. But Snell is coming off whiny while there are essential workers are busting their asses everyday getting a fraction of what a Baseball player is making. If there is baseball great, if there isn't any fine. I have other things to worry about than some players complaining about money. I am behind them about the health issues though.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Watch the Muppets at the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014.




This is fun....

Star Wars The Mandalorian Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Case










Star Wars The Mandalorian Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Case. Condition is New. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.

Premium articulation and detailing: Star Wars fans and collectors can display these highly poseable
Look for other figures from a galaxy far, far away: look for movie- and Entertainment-inspired Star Wars the black series figures to build a Star Wars Galaxy (each sold separately. Subject to availability)
Collectors can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars the black series!
With exquisite features and decoration, This series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.
Star Wars The Black Series includes figures, vehicles, and role play items from the 40-plus-year Legacy of the Star Wars Galaxy, including Comics, movies, and animated series. (Additional products each sold separately. Subject to availability.)
Includes:

Case contains the 8 individually packaged action figures including (subject to change):

Supreme Leader Kylo Ren
Rey and D-O
Sith Trooper
The Mandalorian
Cal Kestis
Second Sister Inqiusitor
First Order Stormtrooper
Jawa

I have these up for $299 buy it now or the bidding starts at $38 bucks. There is a reserve on this item.

Check them out here.

New Japan Black And Red Jyushin Thunder Liger 1/12 Scale Figures



I am selling these two figures over on eBay. The now retired Jyushin Thunder Liger is famous the world over.

Jushin Thunder Liger - New Japan Pro Wrestling (Storm Collectibles) Description

Includes highly detailed fabric cape, entrance gear, and 4 pairs of hands!
Jushin Thunder Liger - New Japan Pro Wrestling Toy Wrestling Action Figure by Storm Collectibles!


New Japan Black And Red Jyushin Thunder Liger 1/12 Scale Figures. Condition is New. Ringside
Collectibles exclusives.Shipped with USPS Package.

Starting bid is $50. Buy it now for $195.

Check it out here.

Brian Kong Keith Hernandez 1/1 Sketched baseball card Signed By Keith Hernandez



I am selling this on eBay. Got it signed by Keith Hernandez at the QBC's Lunch with Keith Hernandez. While I am at home, the collection is getting cleaned up. Starting bid is $15 with a buy it now at $40. Brian Kong is an awesome artist and this is something that you can frame as a piece of art and as memorabilia.

"Brian Kong Keith Hernandez 1/1 Sketched baseball card Signed By Keith Hernandez.The card was signed at No COA but I’ll guarantee the signature is 100 percent authentic. Condition is Brand New. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.

You can check it out here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

SAG-AFTRA and IATSE present A Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff

I know I have folks that are in the film industry who read my blog. I came across this today. I work in the industry and I am really sitting not he edge of my seat to see what is the plan with our business in the future.



Join hosts SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and IATSE International President Matt Loeb for an engaging virtual town hall discussion with California Congressman Adam Schiff, Hollywood’s representative in Congress. Schiff was one of the congressional leaders who championed CARES Act relief for freelance and contract workers, who make up a large portion of the entertainment industry. At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE will join Congressman Schiff at a virtual town hall to discuss the impact of COVID-19, future relief efforts and getting the entertainment and media industry back to work. Schiff is currently serving his 10th term as a congressman from California, having been in office since 2001. He looks forward to hearing directly from IATSE and SAG-AFTRA members about their concerns regarding the pandemic and its impact on their day-to-day lives and economic future. For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, visit the SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 hub (sagaftra.org/covid-19) and the IATSE COVID-19 hub (iatsecares.org/resources).

New Book: Big Sexy: In His Own Words Co-Writer Michael Stahl interview



Bartolo Colón has a new book about his life coming out today. Big Sexy: In His Own Words which is co-written by Bartolo and Michael Stahl. Here is my interview with Michael Stahl about the book and    the experience of working on it with Colón.

Monday, May 11, 2020

MLB owners agree to play Baseball in July.


From NBC NEWS
Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.

Spring training could start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.

MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players' association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.

“Bear with me, but it feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season," Washington pitcher Sean Doolittle tweeted. “What’s the plan to ethically acquire enough tests? ... What’s the protocol if a player, staff member, or worker contracts the virus?”

Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.

Read more here.

I really don't know how any of this is going to work especially with players contracts, testing, travel, etc. Who's to say MLBPA allows it?

News 12: Die-hard Mets fans have season and wedding postponed due to COVID-19

One of my moments in a video I have ever filmed.


My good friends made the Bronx Channel 12 News. Andrew and Amanda are two awesome folks who I have become close with over the years because of The 7line Army. I was there when they got engaged (some of the video I shot and put together made it into the story) and they are two people that are perfect for each other. It sucks that they have to wait another year until they can get hitched but I know the wedding is just going to be that much more meaningful for everyone.



For so many couples right now, planning their future can feel like striking out over and over again, but for a pair of Mets fans from Brooklyn, they've turned it into a home run.
For Amanda Romano and Andrew Indart, love struck at Citi Field in 2014.
Both are members of the die-hard Mets fan group the ”7 Line Army.”In 2018, while vacationing in Arizona, for an away game, Indart swung for the fences and popped the question. Their wedding was set for May 30, 2020.

"It was actually the day of our first kiss, so we were like, ‘oh that's perfect,’” says Romano.
However, the pandemic threw them a curve ball.

"He had no faith it was going to happen, he said our wedding is not going to happen it is going to be postponed,” says Romano.

Much like the baseball season their nuptials would be delayed. The couple says they hope to get married May 1 of next year.
Despite the stress of having to push their life plans another year, the two have stayed hopeful and positive, thanks to the 7 Line Army.
“Every weekend we do Zoom chats and games and finding ways to keep in contact,” says Indart.


Click here to see the story

This puppy and his adopters need your help.

My buddy Jon and his family have had a rough couple of months. His father- in-law passed away from Covid-19, they have had like all of us, had to deal with the NY on PAUSE and other issues. Jon and his family are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They will give you the shirts off their backs if it means that it would help you. Being the nice folks that they are they decided to adopt a puppy in need to bring joy to the puppy's life and to theirs. They got skunked by the supposed "rescue". Thank you Julia Quadrino for setting this Gofundme up for Anakin to help defray the vet bills for Jon and his family.

Help Anakin




On May 4, 2020, the Salazar family adopted sweet little Anakin from who they thought was the owner of a Brooklyn animal rescue. He is the perfect little love bug they need right now to help ease the pain they are dealing with after the loss of Jasi and Daya's father to COVID-19 last month. However, within hours of bringing him home, he began to vomit and have bloody stools and needed to be rushed to the emergency vet. After a sleepless night of absolute torture not knowing if he would pull through and being told he most likely has Parvo, they were horrified to discover that the "rescue" they adopted Anakin from was not a rescue at all, but a scam artist who has puppy mill puppies delivered to her from Texas, lies about their age and health, and sells them for an overpriced adoption fee for profit without any proper vetting. Since posting about their experience, at least a dozen fellow heartbroken adopters shared similar horror stories and even instances of being conned out of deposits with no puppy to show for it at all. Sadly, it appears Anakin came from an absolute monster. By an UNBELIEVABLE stroke of luck, he was adopted by human beings as incredible as the Salazars, who are committed to giving this sweet boy a fighting chance at the life of love he deserves.

As of the morning of May 6, 2020, while under the wonderful care of Dr. Erin Kulick at Long Island City Veterinary Center, Anakin has been confirmed to have Coccidia parasites, but Parvo is still not off the table considering how severely ill he was. Amazingly, the vet thinks he will be able to come home to be under the care of his loving new humans today as he works to get stronger, but he is not completely out of the woods yet.

Jon and Jasi are not asking for money themselves. They are still so blown away and thankful for the generous donations their friends made after Jasi's father's passing, and are too humble to ever ask, but they don't have to. I as well as anyone who knows them knows that they are the last people who deserve this kind of extreme emotional stress, on top of the financial stress they are now feeling trying to buy a house during a global pandemic with an extremely sick dog. These funds will help cover the constant IV fluids Anakin has been receiving, his overnight hospital stays, as well as medication he will need to come home with.

No amount is too small for this incredible family. Anything you could give to help Anakin and the Salazars through this difficult time would be greatly appreciated. Of course these are obviously difficult times and a donation may just not be feasible, but a share or simply some prayers for this loving little boy would be just as great. Thank you!!! <3 span="">

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If you guys can spare a buck or two to help out Anakin, that would be amazing folks.

Click here to donate.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Overpriced Baseball on EBAY. Who would have thought?



New York Mets 2008 Shea Stadium Final Season Official Major League Baseball.  Please see pictures as the baseball does have some blemishing and toning from storage and age. 


$150 for a 2008 ball? Really? Just a little bit overprice... Fine a lot of bit over priced. People be crazy.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

I have no Mets news so I am being just like one of the lame blogs with this post. ARod/JLO, RA Dickey, Lugo...



From the NY Post
Seth Lugo’s place as the Mets’ most valuable reliever over the past two seasons is evident in the numbers. The big question is whether the right-hander should remain in the bullpen.

With Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz the only healthy Mets starting pitchers under contract or club control for 2021 — Noah Syndergaard is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and expected to miss the early part of the season — Lugo may finally get his wish next year and return to starting duty.

Or the transformation could begin this summer, should a season be played and the Mets need another rotation arm beyond deGrom, Matz, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha.

“This is my thing with Lugo: He can be a good starting pitcher, a No. 4 or 5 on a championship team, but he’s an elite reliever,” a major league talent evaluator said. “He has that elbow issue [a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament] and that is always the argument, what is going to keep him healthier, pitching out of the pen or pitching in the rotation?”
Read  more here.

He should have been in the rotation for the last few years. I don't know how having him pitch almost every day vs every 5 days is better for his elbow. But I am not a doctor so I don't know if my theory is right or not. Lugo has been one of the brighter spots of that bullpen over the last few years but I have always seen him as a starter. The only way they should keep him in the bullpen is as the closer.

RA DICKEY

From the NY Post.

R.A. Dickey was a failed first-round pick by the Rangers when he signed a minor league deal with the Mets in 2010.
Two years later, the right-hander became just the third Met — and first knuckleballer — to win the National League Cy Young Award.

“This is a victory for everyone who threw the pitch,” Dickey said of the award after he beat out Clayton Kershaw to join Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets to capture the award.And while Jacob deGrom has since joined that list, few could say they took a more unlikely journey to get there than Dickey.
His 2012 season was the culmination of an incredible career rebirth for Dickey, then 38. He led the NL with 230 strikeouts, five complete games, three shutouts and 233 2/3 innings.Dickey’s 20 wins were one short of Washington’s Gio Gonzalez, who finished in third place, and Dickey’s 2.73 ERA was second to Kershaw’s 2.53.
The highlight of Dickey’s 2012 campaign was a 44 2/3-inning scoreless streak that spanned from May 22 through June 24. The Mets won 14 of his 17 first-half starts, earning Dickey his first All-Star Game appearance.
Read more here.

That was a crazy season and I have a game used base signed by Dickey from that last game of season at Citifield /first 7line Army/20th win of the season. Debating selling it.

JLO and AROD not buying the Mets.

According to multiple sources, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in buying the Mets. That decision was reached after negotiations with potential partners failed to materialize and it became clear that the Wilpons’ reluctance to part with SNY makes it almost impossible for anyone without many billions of dollars to afford owning the team.
Read more here.

This doesn't make me upset at all. Even though I wasn't happy with Steve Cohen possibly buying the Mets, I was even less happy with JLO and AROD possibly buying the team. Now that the Wilpons don't really know what the team is worth right now because of the pandemic its making it worse for them to sell it.



Thursday, May 7, 2020

@the7Line- DIRECTOR'S CUT: BARTOLO DAY

I am a little late posting this but in case you have missed it.

One of the all time best trips that we have had with The 7Line Army was in San Diego. How great the city was, how great the  stadium was, how insane it was when Bartolo hit the HR, it just was one of the more magical times I have had going to a baseball game.



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Check out this never before seen director's cut of The 7 Line Army's trip to Petco Park. Take a walk down memory lane with us back to San Diego on May 7th 2016. What a stroke of luck for 1,400 of The 7 Line Army to be in the attendance on the same day as Bartolo Colon's epic home run.

From the director, Josh Oshinsky: Four years ago I got on a plane from Newark headed to San Diego. I had a ticket, a 5D camera, a Go Pro and lots of hope that I wasn't wasting my money. It was the first time I was producing something this ambitious solo- no DP, no audio guy, just a crazy Mets fan with a backpack and a lot of faith. 
That weekend was really a perfect storm of moments- Jim Breuer not only letting me film his show, but letting me backstage for an interview- the McFadden's pre-game being so cinematic- 1,400 joyful people stopping traffic in downtown SD during THE MARCH. 
But it really comes down to Bartolo Colon. One glorious swing at a James Shields get me-over offering- a no doubter, really. (Great moments are made from great opportunity- he says tongue firmly in cheek). 
Getting back to my hotel room in the wee hours, I'm not sure I'd ever been that excited to see what was shot. (For those who don't work in film- sometimes what you lived and what you CAPTURED are very different things. And clicking on each media clip for the first time is like opening 1,000 tiny digital Christmas presents- you can either be incredibly happy or brutally disappointed.) I transferred the footage onto 2 drives that night (remember kids, always double back up your media) and started editing before I left the hotel the next morning. I edited in the airport waiting for my flight, got the structure completed on the plane, and put the finishing touches on it as the taxi arrived back at my home in suburban New Jersey- about a half day after I woke up on the other coast. 
This 20 minute short is what was cut in those 12 hours. 
The vast majority has never been seen. And it's definitely a rough cut- uncolored, unmixed, temp graphics, the whole 9. But polishing things doesn't always make them better. All I know is I had a blast taking myself back to that weekend. I hope you do too.
Check out this chat between Josh Oshinsky and Darren Meenan leading up to the premiere....