Monday, March 27, 2023

Jumaane Williams wants Citi Field renamed

Before I post what the Daily News is reporting about Jumaane Williams, Citi Field/Mets, and CitiBank, I feel like there is more to this story.

This is all my opinion and conjecture and I have no hard evidence but just from what my eyes can see and what my brain is putting together. I’m more than likely wrong but here is my working theory anyway. This is about the parkland aka parking lots at Citi Field that Steve Cohen wants to build the casino on. There was  new legislation up in Albany that I posted about the other day on here. It basically makes it easier to swap parkland out to be built on if the same amount of land is replaced as parkland nearby.

 Now isn’t it funny that the whole idea of CitiBank is evil because of Climate Change and by renaming the ballpark something else and the Mets breaking their deal with Citi over naming rights will fix climate change?  To me this seems like a political move. Not a move. A move that is basically using the environment for leverage. What leverage I don’t know. That’s why beyond my pay grade.

Anyway here is part of the story from the NY Daily News.

“New Yorkers know I bleed blue and orange — the Mets represent an incredible spirit, history and institution, and are a tremendous value to New Yorkers,” Williams said. “The practices of Citibank, though, don’t represent the values of the Mets or of our city, and we must demand better. If Citi refuses to end its toxic relationship with the fossil fuel industry, the Mets should end their partnership with Citi.”
Williams, a progressive Democrat, plans to hold a Tuesday press conference in City Hall Park to formally call on Cohen to make the switch. Joining Williams for the event will be representatives from a number of local environmental groups, including New York Communities for Change, Climate Organizing Hub, Climate Families NYC, 350 NYC and Sunrise Movement NYC.

Read more here  

Like I said, I might be totally crazy about legislation

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

New Legislation to help try to make Casino in Flushing a reality.


Looks like some politicians are falling in line to try to make parkland available to build a casino on in Flushing. They say about extending parkland out to the marina. How can they do that with Northern Blvd and the Whitestone Expressway being there.


WILLETS POINT, Queens (PIX11) — Plans for a casino to be built at Citi Field have taken a notable step forward, with the introduction of new legislation in Albany. It would allow a gaming facility to be built on part of the ballpark’s parking lot, if Mets owner Steve Cohen is granted one of three downstate New York casino licenses that are set to be granted later this year.

Environmental and parkland advocates are skeptical of the legislation, which was introduced in the statehouse on Wednesday. However, its sponsor says that his proposal adds public space and benefits the community.

At the core of the legislation is the fact that New York state considers the Citi Field parking lot to be parkland. In order for even part of it to be turned into a casino requires what’s called “parkland alienation.” Essentially, it’s the reduction of parks space.

In the specific case of Citi Field’s parking lot, any reduction in its parking lot — which is legally considered parkland — would require other parkland to be established somewhere else, according to the new legislation. It was first reported by The City. His bill would require that at least 20 acres of parkland be created elsewhere if part of the Citi Field parking lot was allowed to be a gaming facility.

More specifically, said Aubry, a right of way that would be operated by New York City’s parks department would be created that would connect the World’s Fair Marina, north of the ballpark, with the U.S. Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows, to the ballpark’s south.

“This application would create that kind of access,” Aubry said, “because I felt it would be an advantage for the people who use both [the marina and tennis center].”

Read more here. 


Friday, March 24, 2023

Mets Amazin Day Diamond Takeover moved and now closed off to the public




FLUSHING, N.Y. - March 24, 2023 - Due to inclement weather, the Diamond Takeover has been relocated. There will no longer be a Sandlot Stars game at Flushing Meadows Corona Park during Amazin’ Day tomorrow. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation will instead host a private event for the two local little league teams who were slated to play on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Piazza Club at Citi Field. The Foundation will provide lunch, donate gear to the local teams and announce a grant to renovate the Flushing Meadows Corona Park fields.


Media is invited to cover the event, but please note this event is closed to the public. Media may park in Lot G off Seaver Way, enter through the Hodges VIP entrance and take elevators to Level 5 for the Piazza Club.


All other Amazin’ Day events will continue as scheduled, rain or shine. For additional information on Amazin’ Day, please or stay connected via @mets on social media.

See Jessie's immense Mets Catcher Collection


Take a look inside Jessie’s impressive collection of Mets catcher memorabilia dating back to the start of the franchise. He also gets a special surprise video message from former Mets backstop Todd Hundley.

Goon here: Jessie is one of my closest friends and he has a pretty awesome collection. He is on of the people who volunteer every year at the QBC and I am happy he has gotten to show of his collection to everyone.





FLUSHING, N.Y. - March 24, 2023 - This Saturday, March 25, the Mets invite New Yorkers to experience the first-ever Amazin’ Day, an all-day, citywide takeover to celebrate the greatest city and fans in the world. 


Fans can wear a Mets hat or any Mets gear to access surprise giveaways and first-come, first-served events at iconic NYC institutions. The celebration will also feature limited ticket and community-focused events, as well as a chance to win the Grand Prize in the Amazin’ Day Sweepstakes.


Amazin’ Day is an extension of the club’s efforts to enhance the fan experience and generate excitement for the 2023 season. Here are all the ways fans can participate:




Mets Co-Branded Library Card Launch with Queens Public Library

In partnership with the Queens Public Library, the Mets are distributing a complimentary co-branded, limited-edition library card at all Queens Library branches during Amazin’ Day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jamaica, NY 11432

  • How to Participate: Mr. Met and other special guests will be at Central Library at 9:00 a.m. to welcome and take photos with fans, and doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for library card sign-ups.


North Shore Animal League America at Wollman Rink, Central Park 

Visit the Metsified pop-up animal adoption event in Central Park, where Mets fans can adopt dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.

  • Event Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Event Location: Wollman Rink
    • 830 5th Ave

New York, NY 10065

  • How to Participate: All are welcome to attend and enjoy the petsAny fan who adopts a pet from North Shore Animal League America on Amazin’ Day will receive a voucher for two complimentary Field Level tickets to a Mets home game and a complimentary Mets-themed toy for their new pet. Pre-register for adoptionhere (on-site registration is also available).


Diamond Takeover

Join Mets Legends and cheer on baseball’s future all-stars for a Sandlot Stars game between two local little league teams. The Amazin’ Mets Foundation will donate gear to the local teams and announce a grant to renovate the field.

Queens, NY 11354

  • How to Participate: Cheer on the local youth baseball teams along with Mets Legends, a live DJ, and fun activities for fans. 




The Mets invite fans to wear their gear for complimentary admittance to several New York City venues. Each venue has limited tickets, so fans are encouraged to show up early. 


Brooklyn Museum

  • Event Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Event Location: Brooklyn Museum
    • 200 Eastern Parkway

Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052

  • How to Participate: The first 500 people wearing Mets gear will receive complimentary access to one of NYC’s largest museums. Note: Complimentary admission does not include access to the Thierry Mugler exhibition.


The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards

20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

  • How to Participate: Fans wearing their Mets gear can visit the concierge desk and receive a VIP shopping and dining pass. Participants can enjoy a selection of discounts while exploring the dozens of shops and restaurants at Hudson Yards.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY 10028

  • How to Participate: Fans wearing their Mets gear are invited to enjoy The Met, an iconic NYC museum presenting over 5,000 years of art from around the world.


The Met Cloisters

  • Event Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Event Location: The Met Cloisters
    • 99 Margaret Corbin Drive

Fort Tyron Park

New York, NY 10040

  • How to Participate: Fans wearing their Mets gear are invited to explore the Medieval art, architecture, and gardens of The Met Cloisters, overlooking the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park.


Brooklyn Steel

  • Event Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.)
  • Event Location: Brooklyn Steel
    • 319 Frost Street

Brooklyn, NY 11222

  • How to Participate: The first 25 fans to arrive at the venue and join the line wearing their Mets hat will receive complimentary admission plus a free VIP ticket upgrade. Note: There will be no refunds for tickets already purchased.


Racket NYC

  • Event Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.)
  • Event Location: Racket NYC 
    • 431 W 16th St

New York, NY 10011

  • How to Participate: The first 25 fans to arrive at the venue and join the line wearing their Mets hat will receive complimentary admission plus a free VIP ticket upgrade. Note: There will be no refunds for tickets already purchased.


Terminal 5

  • Event Time: 7:00 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m.)
  • Event Location: Terminal 5
    • 610 W 56th St

New York, NY 10019

  • How to Participate: The first 25 fans to arrive at the venue and join the line wearing their Mets hat will receive complimentary admission plus a free VIP ticket upgrade. Note: There will be no refunds for tickets already purchased.


Webster Hall

  • Event Time: 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (1st Show: Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 7:00 p.m. |2nd Show: Doors & Show 11 p.m.)
  • Event Location: Webster Hall
    • 125 E 11th St

New York, NY 10003

  • How to Participate: The first 25 fans to arrive at the venue and join the line wearing their Mets hat will receive complimentary admission plus a free VIP ticket upgrade. Note: There will be no refunds for tickets already purchased.




This past week, the Mets gave away hundreds of tickets to iconic New York City events happening on Amazin’ Day. Lucky winners will attend one of the following events:


Gotham Comedy Club

New York, NY 10011

  • Event Details: Winners will enjoy a night of hilarious comedy amid a sea of Mets orange and blue.


The Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY 10023

  • Event Details: Winners will enjoy elegant sights and sounds while rocking orange and blue. 




In addition to immersive events, the Mets are hosting the Amazin’ Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Amazin’ Grand Prize. The grand prize winner will receive premium tickets and unprecedented access to Citi Field on game day, including throwing out the first pitch, meeting the players during batting practice, sitting in during the pre-game press conference, and more. Fans in and out of the city can enter the Amazin’ Day Sweepstakes here



The Mets are organizing fun surprises for fans wearing their Mets gear on Amazin’ Day. Official Mets Reps will pass out swag, and the Dunkin’ Jeep will share gift cards. Participating Coca-Cola restaurants will give away complimentary coke, including Kabooz’s Bar & GrillDon Pepi PizzaDon Pepi DeliUtopia Bagels, and Chiddy’s. The following Citibank branches will give away Pete Alonso Bobbleheads and Rally Towels from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or while supplies last to fans wearing Mets gear: Jamaica – Hillside (168-48 Hillside Avenue), Union Square (52 East 14th Street), and Broadway & 96th St. (2553 Broadway). 


For those who don’t have Mets gear yet, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Reps at Official Amazin’ Day Merch Pop-Ups will hand out complimentary Mets hats and gear throughout the day at surprise locations in Manhattan and Queens. Fans can keep up-to-date on the latest locations of the pop-ups on and via @mets on social media.



For out-of-town fans, in addition to entering the Amazin’ Day Sweepstakes, the Mets encourage fans across the country to share their Mets fandom and gear on social media with the hashtag #AmazinDay.


The Mets will also be offering special Amazin’ Day Mets game ticket sales, with updates via @mets social media on the limited-time offers throughout the day.


For information and updates on Amazin’ Day, please visit or stay connected via @mets on social media.

New At Citi Field.

The annual New at Citi event happened on Wednesday and it seems like there is some good stuff coming to the stadium. 




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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Orange And Blue Thing S7 E5: Behind The Curtain At SNY, Speakeasy At Citi Field, and More Mets Stuff


There's a new "Speakeasy" opening at Citi Field, but odds are you won't ever watch a game from there. We found out about a much less expensive alternative to the new $40 parking at Citi Field 15:40. Francisco Lindor is back with the Mets after team Puerto Rico was eliminated from the WBC. After his freak injury, Edwin Diaz is unfortunately out for the year, but the best owner in baseball is doing everything in his power to make his rehab comfortable. The new Citi Field scoreboard is done, and someone played Mario Kart on it. Plus, the Mets director for SNY, John DeMarsico joins the show 20:00 to give us a look behind the curtain on the game broadcasts.

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Till Mets Do Us Part:Ep. 91 The Edwin Díaz Fallout


The Mets had their worst fears realized when star closer Edwin Díaz was lost for the year during the World Baseball Classic. After saving the game for Team Puerto Rico, Díaz suffered a likely season-ending knee injury during the celebration. John & Ibby react and give their takes for "what's next?" with regards to the Mets bullpen. Remember to subscribe and turn notifications on, so you never miss an episode!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023





The Mets have partnered with Cadillac for this first of its kind exclusive membership club celebrating Joan Whitney Payson, the Mets first owner and a pioneer in MLB history.


FLUSHING, N.Y., March 21, 2023 – The New York Mets and Cadillac today announce a new and first of its kind exclusive speakeasy membership club to Citi Field. The new partnership, beginning in 2023, will help bring The Cadillac Club at Payson’s to life.


Located inches away from the warning track in right field, The Cadillac Club at Payson’s is a hideaway club that will provide fans with a trendy, intimate and up-close space for those looking for a unique ballpark experience. The members only space will feature a private bar with sightlines to the field and elevated dining options. The Cadillac Club at Payson’s is a controlled climate club that also features premium lounge style seating, personal flat screen monitors, in-seat storage, personal beverage coolers, an in-stadium concierge, and unique Cadillac touches and finishes throughout.


With only 100 seats in the club and limited to 25-30 members, the exclusive membership to The Cadillac Club at Payson’s includes assigned seats for every Mets home game, complimentary parking and complimentary food, soft drinks, beer and wine. Members will also have access to a private bar for cocktails.


“Alex and I are thrilled to honor the legacy of Joan Payson with The Cadillac Club at Payson’s,” said Owner, Chairman and CEO Steve Cohen. “As the original owner of the Mets and pioneer, Joan has played a significant role in our organization. We’re excited to have created this first of its kind club at the ballpark with a brand like Cadillac that embodies and empowers big dreams and bold ambition. The Cadillac Club at Payson’s will combine the rich history of the Mets with unique elements that are reminiscent of classic New York City, providing Mets fans with an experience like no other.”


The club is named after Joan Whitney Payson, the Mets first owner and a pioneer. Payson became the first woman to purchase a majority ownership stake in a major league team. She was instrumental to the development of the Mets farm system that produced Mets Hall of Famers Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones and Jerry Koosman. Payson was known as a ‘fan first’ and often deflected attention away from herself to celebrate the fans and the team’s baseball operations. 


“At Cadillac, we look to partner with brands that are bold, sophisticated and optimistic and nowhere more in New York do you see that than with the Mets organization,” said Robert Secrest, Cadillac Northeast Region Director. “We are excited to help bring to life a one-of-a-kind luxury experience while championing a trailblazer in Joan Payson.”


To learn more about The Cadillac Club at Payson’s, please visit


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