Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
RIVER FUND NEW YORK ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF $500,000 GRANT FROM THE STEVEN & ALEXANDRA COHEN FOUNDATION
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 28, 2020 — The RIVER FUND New York has announced the receipt of a $500,000 donation from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation presented as a gift in honor of the their new Mets family as well as re-launch of the Mets Foundation and their ties to the Queens community.
The RIVER FUND New York’s mission is “to feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty.” This organization supported over 15,000 working poor families from all five boroughs prior to 2020. As a result of the pandemic and the economic crisis for so many, the number of families in need grew to 33,000 by Thanksgiving of 2020.
“Since the inception of our family’s Foundation, we’ve worked to help so many charities and causes over the years. With so many suffering due to the pandemic, our foundation has selected The RIVER FUND New York, as they are leaders in feeding families that are the most vulnerable,” said Alex Cohen, President, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “One of our main missions as the Mets Ownership group is to make a substantial impact in our communities. We are grateful to be in the position to be able to make a donation that will provide food for so many, especially during these challenging times.”
“The Cohen Foundation and Alex and Steve Cohen have embraced the RIVER FUND over the years in so many meaningful ways and have allowed our work to continue,” said Swami Durga Das, Founder and Executive Director of RIVER FUND. “In this extremely difficult and devastating year, they have supported our RIVER FUND families by helping to keep food on their tables and provide the essentials to survive this moment. Our gratitude is enormous. Thank you sincerely for your support of our neighbors in desperate need.”
“With this incredible $500,000 grant from the Cohen Foundation, RIVER FUND will continue to provide families with their weekly groceries, in sufficient volume and balance, to prepare nutritious meals every week for the next several months,” added Otto Starzmann, Chief Production Officer of RIVER FUND. “This commitment from philanthropic leaders like Alex and Steve, solidifies the Cohen Foundation’s partnership with RIVER FUND in addressing the constantly increasing demand for food in our City’s poverty arena.”
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and the Mets Foundation both have long standing relationships with The RIVER FUND New York. Since 2015, both foundations have combined to donate more than $335,000 to help the Queens organization fight poverty. That financial support went towards this year’s Thanksgiving Program which delivered 6,000 turkeys to families. Additionally, the Cohen Foundation drove in-kind donations toward the organization’s annual Christmas Toy Giveaway Program. That endeavor delivered more than 5,000 toys to children who otherwise would not have received a present.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Hello Mets employees,
I think you should have a no alcohol section at Citi field. You had one at Shea. It was a very pleasant place to sit. There were no screaming beer vendors and no sloppy drunks. A bad drunk can ruin the game for a lot of people. Nobody wants their kids around a sloppy drunk.
In 2009 I had two 15 game plans, but I also bought tickets on Stubhub. I went to a lot of games that year. One Sunday day game I bought 5 tickets from Stubhub in a low row in section 524. The guy sitting behind us threw up on us. Mainly on me. When we turned around we saw a guy in a drunken stupor. This was the third inning of a Sunday day game. We always try to be nice people so we did not say much to the guy. He was really out of it. The five of us went down to customer service after I asked where it was. I had puke in my hair and on my shirt and we could not stay. The woman at the rotunda customer service did not want to give us tickets to another game but she relented and agreed to after I said look at me, are you kidding me. She was in her mid to late 50's and Irish looking. She was not very friendly. I told her you had an alcohol compliance security guard behind my section, how could he miss this guy? This incident should be verifiable in your records. My brother was also with me. Somebody there probably knows him. You can ask him. He has bought blocks of tickets for transportation agency workers at Citi and huge blocks of tickets for transportation agency workers at Cyclones games.
My tickets for another game arrive and I get upset. They are in 536 near the top. I call the lady up and complain. She to told me to mail them back. I did and 5 nice tickets in a low row in 515 arrived. We were happy. Can't make a long story short at this point, but this is why you need a no alcohol section.
In April 2012 I was upgrading my seats in my ticket plan. Mike P. told me to come to the office and bring my tickets. He would give me the new ones. The season was a couple of weeks old. Mike told me what parking lot to park in. When I arrived the parking security guard acted like I was an intruder. Then when I arrived in the building the security guard there was a gruff jerk. Telling both of them I had an appointment with Mike Parsons seemed to mean nothing. When Mike arrived I tell him his security guards need retraining, that they were not friendly. Mike does not respond to that and changes the subject. That I was there should be verifiable. Maybe Mike remembers if he still works there. I am a clean cut guy that people say looks like a cop. Now an ex cop. I should have been treated in a more friendly way.
Keep trying to turn out those super sales people. Don't worry about anything else or how other Mets employees do their job. Sales and retention is all that matters. That is sarcasm if you don't know. Meanwhile attendance goes down every year. Go to Met life and see how the Jets do it. Go to Disney. My wife is tired of having to open her wallet in her pocketbook at the request of your unprofessional security. The bad feeling this gives us cannot be downplayed or minimized. We are customers not suspects. Customers make pay days possible. We want to spend money with the Mets. Between the bad ticket plans and your employees it is a hard thing to do.
Thank you for reading and stay safe.
I get where he is coming from with a No Alcohol section. There should be a spot you don't have to worry about having an instance that happened to him. As far as security, after the 2019 season I had enough with the way they treated me as a fan and watched the way they treated others as fans too. I gave up my half season tickets after the season because of the way interactions were going.
I am watching Mets twitter to see how patient Mets fans are being this off season. I have seen some fans spending Steve Cohen's money without thinking about future team implications.Some fans have forgotten that Robinson Cano comes back next year with his 20 million dollar salary from the Mets(plus 4 million from Seattle). That's a significant chunk of money there for a player that fans want to push out of his position by signing a DJ LeMahieu to play third base which would knock Jeff McNeil out of a position in the infield with Cano playing second. This will also then knock out an left fielder out of a position whether it be Nimmo or Smith(if there is no DH in the NL). Now you are knocking off playing time from Nimmo, Smith, and JD Davis. Does someone get sent in a trade then?
Other fans want Steve Cohen and the Mets to eat 40 plus million dollars by buying out Cano's contract. That's a waste of money there also. You could easily use that money for other players. "Well Cohen has the money!" has been a rallying cry from these fans. Stop spending other peoples money for them. I don't care how much they have in the bank. It's not your money to spend. I can't wait for fans to start getting pissed off when the money they think should have been spent on certain players isn't.
Take for example the James McCann signing. Folks are saying that the Mets once again went for a second choice instead of going out and getting JT Realmuto. The Mets have some great pitchers that need a solid defensive catcher that can frame pitches and call a good game. He also has some pop in his bat. The Mets don't need a killer at every position. They need a balanced team.
I though am really shocked that Mets Twitter's patience hasn't started to erode. They are a very we want what we want now kind of folks. Let's see when the goodwill of a new owner wears off.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Chapter 13 - The Jedi (recap)
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Monday, December 21, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
“For historical merit, today it is extraordinarily important. Having been around so many of the Negro League players, they never looked to @MLB to validate them. But for fans and for historical sake, this is significant, it really is” - @nlbmprez pic.twitter.com/wOu4HJRTFN— Negro Leagues Baseball Museum KC (@NLBMuseumKC) December 16, 2020
The seven Negro Leagues elevated to Major League status featured 35 Hall of Famers. pic.twitter.com/XopGDhd56R— MLB (@MLB) December 17, 2020
Join the NLBM as @nlbmprez updates the baseball world around the major recognition regarding @MLB adding Negro Leagues to official records. Hosted by our very own hometown @Royals television broadcaster @goldbergkc, and long time friend of the NLBM! Info below!👇⚾️ pic.twitter.com/opkSbesGGv— Negro Leagues Baseball Museum KC (@NLBMuseumKC) December 17, 2020
Christmas is just days away, and we decided to summons the help of a professional to deliver your holiday cheer. We're still packing your orders with the lightning speed you're used to, but once the parcels leave our hands, we're then at the mercy of the post office.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
It was nice to get a press release again from the Mets/
METS NAME DAVE JAUSS BENCH COACH
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 16, 2020 – The New York Mets announced today that the team has hired Dave Jauss to serve as the club’s bench coach.
Jauss, 63, makes his return to Queens for what will be his third season with the organization. He previously worked with the Mets as the team’s bench coach in 2010 and was New York’s coordinator of staff development in 2011.
“I want to thank Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter and Luis Rojas for the opportunity to be a part of what this organization can accomplish in the coming years,” Jauss said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Luis’ staff in addition to helping him grow as a manager, just as his father, Felipe, helped me throughout my career.”
The Chicago native is entering his 34th season in professional baseball and joins the Mets’ coaching staff from The Bronx, where he spent last season as a professional scout for the Yankees. Prior to this year, Jauss was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff under manager Clint Hurdle from October 2012 through the 2019 season, including one campaign (2016) as the club’s bench coach.
In addition to serving as the bench coach for Jerry Manuel in New York and Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh, Jauss held the same role in Baltimore (2008-2009) and Los Angeles-NL (2006-2007). He spent 10 years working in various roles as a coach, scout and administrator in the Red Sox organization from 1996-2005 and began his major league career in 1995 as Baltimore’s coordinator of instruction.
Jauss began his professional career as a minor league manager for the GCL Expos in 1988. He then spent three seasons as the Single-A West Palm Beach Expos' third base coach under manager Felipe Alou for three years before succeeding Alou as manager in 1992. He managed one more season in the Expos’ system, winning Eastern League Manager of the Year honors in 1994 in Harrisburg (AA).
Jauss resides in Naples, Florida with his wife, Billie. Together, they have three sons.
Monday, December 14, 2020
The Mercury Mets happened in 1999 - but it was “Turn Ahead The Clock Night”.— Brad Badini ⚾️ (@celeBRADtion) December 14, 2020
Should Mets pay homage to it?@The7Line @Metsmerized @greg_prince @HowieRose @WayneRandazzo @mikepiazza31 @StevenACohen2 @SteveGelbs @metsrewind @MetsKevin11 @Miss_Met @DarrenJMeenan https://t.co/wF3Ub8uqg9
I'm ready. I have my Piazza and Izzy retail jerseys from 1999.
Since we have a still of Fonzie at the Queens Baseball Convention, maybe you guys would like to see Fonzie's Panel from QBC 2019.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
This is when a Rangers Fan(Me) get together with Islanders fans to help raise money for a good cause.
1. Something special coming up. January 16, 2021 I will be setting up shop @Bluelinedeli719 to finish this @JGPageau drawing. We will then raffle it off with all the proceeds going to Don’s Mom, LeeAnn #HockeyFightsCancer #isles @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/iHFP4aMw4Q— Sean Conn 🏒🎨 (@bckt106) December 12, 2020
2. Details to come as the date gets closer. I will retweet and I ask that our awesome Islanders family does the same. Lets support our favorite Hockey Deli Family. Don, his Mom and the staff do so much for the community so this is something I can do to give back.— Sean Conn 🏒🎨 (@bckt106) December 12, 2020
3. So come down, buy a Johnny Rocket @joboych buy a raffle or 2,3 etc and help a great family🏒💥🥅— Sean Conn 🏒🎨 (@bckt106) December 12, 2020
4. Gonna add a few to help promote. @Mediagoon @hockeynightny @CarverHigh_ @IslesBlog @IslesMSGN @eyesonislesFS @IslesTerritory @FanaticsArmy @91Butch @brendanmburke @Shannon_Hogan @JGPageau @MarkDParrish @IslesMeetups @islesmeetup_nyc— Sean Conn 🏒🎨 (@bckt106) December 13, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
I am so happy for my buddy Chris Flexen getting this deal with the Seattle Mariners after having a tremendous season in the KBO. Mets fans were unfairly giving up on Chris during his run with the Mets. He was called up too early from the minors, kept getting shuttled up and down between Vegas/Syracuse, they wouldn't use him for some of the time they brought him up and sent him back down, and then bring him back up again. He worked his ass off and got a great deal especially since he doesn't have to go back down to the minors without his consent. Chris was also a great guest at the QBC a few years ago. You can see the video down below.
From the NY Post
Chris Flexen, the former Mets draft pick who spent the 2020 season in Korea, will return to the major leagues on a two-year, $4.75-million deal with the Mariners, The Post has learned. Michael Mayer of Metsmerized first reported that Flexen would sign with the Mariners.
The 26-year-old, selected by the Mets in the 14th round of the 2012 draft, tallied an 8.07 ERA in 27 games, 11 of them starts, with the Mets from 2017 through 2019. A year ago, during the Winter Meetings, Flexen (who is represented by Tom O’Connell) opted to head to Asia, signing a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Association. That turned out to be a master stroke for more reasons than simply getting Flexen regular reps.
Read more here.
Article By: BrooklynCyclones.com Reports
It’s no secret that 2020 has been a challenging year, but the Cyclones are excited to spread some Holiday cheer!
When: Sunday, December 13th
Where: ZOOM (a link will be emailed to you the morning of the event)
Cost: $10 per houshold
Cost: $10 per houshold
What to expect:
- Holiday Musical BINGO! Each household will be emailed 2 BINGO cards. Winners will receive a surprise Cyclones Promo Pack! Don’t worry, we’ll go over the rules LIVE during the ZOOM event.
- Holiday Book Read with one of Santa’s Elves!
- Music! Sing Along! And a very special appearance from Santa!
Register HERE !
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
With the holidays fast approaching, we feel like this option might be a great choice for those of you that want to take the drive over. FREE PINT GLASS with orders over $50.https://t.co/YYs3pFXf4z— The 7 Line (@The7Line) December 8, 2020
Live/work near the7line Warehouse located in Hauppauge, Long Island? You now have the option of picking up your orders there. Darren explains it all in the video below.
Monday, December 7, 2020
4x8 Bricks are $150 and 8x* are $200.
I could be wrong but doesn't look like you get a replica brick like if you bought one at Citi Field a few years ago.
Cement your place in Syracuse Mets history with a commemorative brick to be featured in the entry way of historic NBT Bank Stadium!
I have no idea why I was thinking about this over the weekend but I was trying to think who could/would play if the Mets have an Old Timer's Day. I try to break it down with who might play, those who can still "play" and I didn't know what kind of shape some of the older Mets are in. So I tried to stay within the last 20-30 yrs.
Let's start with the Catchers.
Mike Piazza. Todd Hundley. John Buck, Alberto Castillo. Mike DiFelice.
I know that isn't the who's who of catchers. But I was thinking about those who could still "catch" and hit. Now there is no reason that the Mets can't bring in older players to hang out and sign autographs and take pics with fans.
Ike Davis.Carlos Delgado. Lucas Duda(if he retires). Todd Zeile.Doug Mientkiewicz. Mo Vaughn.
I don't know if Keith Hernandez or John Olerud would br up for playing in the game.
Edgardo Alfonzo. Greg Jeffries. Jeff Kent. Carlos Baerga. Fernando Tatis. Joe McEwing(probably can't because of MLB Schedule)
Kevin Elster, Howard Johnson, Rey Ordonez, Jose Reyes. Tim Bogar.
David Wright, Howard Johnson. Dave Magadan. Robin Ventura. Ty Wigginton.
Mookie Wilson. Darryl Strawberry. Kevin McReynolds. Bobby Bonilla. Bernard Gilkey. Lenny Harris. Benny Agbayani. Jay Payton. Derek Bell. Timo Perez. Cliff Floyd. Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez. Angel Pagan. Curtis Granderson.Mike Baxter
Dwight Gooden, Johan Santana, John Franco, Frank Viola, Pedro Martinez. Mike Pelfrey. Jesse Orosco. Armando Benitez
Pitchers you can keep filling this out with various starters and relievers. I got tired of filling this out when I hit short stop. I know there are plenty of guys I forget.
Friday, December 4, 2020
This Arena Football style league has a lot of stuff going on with it. I can't figure it all out but it will be on Twitch.
With kickoff of its inaugural season just two months away, the Fan Controlled Football league recently unveiled the logos for its four new franchises. Naturally, the logos were designed and chosen by fans, with the winners receiving a $1,000 prize, team gear and a shoutout on social media from their team’s owners.
The logo for Zappers – which are run by Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May and sports broadcasting personality Bob Menery – includes a simple lightning bolt placed in front of a “Z” with a red, orange, gold and yellow color scheme.
“Champion has a long and storied history in sports and developing innovations in athletic apparel, and Fan Controlled Football is creating an innovative vision for the future of professional sports and fan immersion,” Fan Controlled Football chief marketing officer Jennifer Rottenberg said in a statement. “Together, we will create a never-before-seen football experience. It’s both an honor and a privilege to collaborate with a brand that shares our vision, and we’re excited to welcome Champion to the Fan Controlled Football family.”
Photos courtesy of Fan Controlled Football.
Check out the FCF here.
Here are some of the other team owners.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
No idea what this is.