Category Archives: NY Mets

Gary Carter, Hall of Fame Catcher and Mets Star, Dies at 57

From the New York Times:
Gary Carter, the slugging catcher known as Kid for the sheer joy he took in playing baseball, who entered the Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo but who most famously helped propel the Mets to their dramatic 1986 World Series championship, died Thursday. He was 57.

The cause was brain cancer, which had been diagnosed last May.

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It’s Opening Day Mets Vs. Reds, First Pitch @ 1:10: I’ve Been Waiting All Winter For This

If you are a baseball fan, than today is the day you have been waiting for all winter. It’s opening day and the Mets will be playing against the Reds in Major League Baseball’s traditional season opener in Cincinnati.  The game is scheduled to start at 1:10pm with the Mets ace Johan Santana taking the mound against the Reds Aaron Harang. 

Unfortunately for me, I will be working today and miss the live broadcast of the game. I’ll have to catch it on the replay later in the evening on SNY, I will however be listening in on the radio when time allows. I can’t wait.
To get myself and all of my fellow Mets fan’s psyched and our blood flowing in anticipation of a great and historic season, sing-a-long with me our fight song – Meet The Mets!!

Meet the Mets, meet the Mets,
Step right up and greet the Mets.
Bring your kiddies, bring your wife,
Guaranteed to have the time of your life.
Because the Mets are really sockin’ the ball,
Knockin’ those home runs over the wall.
East side, West side, everybody’s coming down,
To meet the M-E-T-S Mets, of New York town.

Oh, the butcher and the baker and the people on the streets,
Where did they go? To MEET THE METS!
Oh, they’re hollerin’ and cheerin’ and they’re jumpin’ in their seats,
Where did they go? To MEET THE METS!
All the fans are true to the orange and blue,
So hurry up and come on down –
’cause we’ve got ourselves a ball club,
The Mets of New York town!

Give ’em a yell! Give ’em a hand!
And let ’em know you’re rootin’ in the stands!
Come on and…

Meet the Mets, meet the Mets,
Step right up and greet the Mets.
Bring your kiddies, bring your wife,
Guaranteed to have the time of your life.
Because the Mets are really sockin’ the ball,
Knockin’ those home runs over the wall.
East side, West side, everybody’s coming down,
To meet the M-E-T-S Mets,
Of New York town,
Of New York town!



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>In Torre’s Book, Rodriguez Strikes Out

>I have never been a Yankee fan, I prefer for some reason to place my baseball loyalties in the other NY team, so I don’t find former Yankee manager Joe Torre’s newly release tell all book that interesting.  What I do find interesting however, is the fact that Torre needed to air his dirty stirrups in public when it came to Alex Rodriguez.

As any baseball fan in NY knows Rodriguez is not known as Mr. Clutch, he is more like Mr. May then Mr. October and according to Joe Torre his presence from day 1 in the Bronx was a major distraction that sometimes caused chaos in the clubhouse.
Here are just a  few example of what you’ll find in the book :
…But what stands out the most about the book are the frank, and often critical, statements that Torre makes about Alex Rodriguez, who won two Most Valuable Player awards during the four years that Torre was his manager in the Bronx. At 33, Rodriguez has hit 553 career home runs. He is widely regarded as the game’s best all-around player. He is also its highest paid…

…But in the past year, Rodriguez has clearly become something of a target for people trying to sell sports books…


…Torre’s view, however, has nothing to do with the use of performance-enhancing drugs and everything to do with Rodriguez as a person and a player…

…“Alex monopolized all the attention,” Torre said…

If you want to read more about Torre’s book, the NY Times writer Michale S. Schmidt tells all about it in todays edition.
  

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In Torre’s Book, Rodriguez Strikes Out

I have never been a Yankee fan, I prefer for some reason to place my baseball loyalties in the other NY team, so I don’t find former Yankee manager Joe Torre’s newly release tell all book that interesting.  What I do find interesting however, is the fact that Torre needed to air his dirty stirrups in public when it came to Alex Rodriguez.

As any baseball fan in NY knows Rodriguez is not known as Mr. Clutch, he is more like Mr. May then Mr. October and according to Joe Torre his presence from day 1 in the Bronx was a major distraction that sometimes caused chaos in the clubhouse.
Here are just a  few example of what you’ll find in the book :
…But what stands out the most about the book are the frank, and often critical, statements that Torre makes about Alex Rodriguez, who won two Most Valuable Player awards during the four years that Torre was his manager in the Bronx. At 33, Rodriguez has hit 553 career home runs. He is widely regarded as the game’s best all-around player. He is also its highest paid…

…But in the past year, Rodriguez has clearly become something of a target for people trying to sell sports books…


…Torre’s view, however, has nothing to do with the use of performance-enhancing drugs and everything to do with Rodriguez as a person and a player…

…“Alex monopolized all the attention,” Torre said…

If you want to read more about Torre’s book, the NY Times writer Michale S. Schmidt tells all about it in todays edition.
  

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Citigroup’s Spending Indefensible and Unacceptable (Rep. Elijah Cummings)


From the Hill’s Congressional Blog-

After reading yesterday morning that Citigroup–which has already received $25 billion in bailout money–is adamant in maintaining its $400 million naming rights to the new New York Mets stadium, I was shocked to learn that the company came to the federal government asking for an additional multi-billion dollar lifeline. Surely, if the company has the funds to paste its name to a recreational facility, it has the money to maintain its operations and keep the 52,000 jobs it announced last week it would be eliminating.

While I understand that Citi is under a contractual obligation with the Mets, I cannot understand why the organization seems to be refusing at the very least to explore options out of that contract. This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup’s new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer. My constituents in Maryland did not turn over their hard-earned wages to fund a baseball stadium in New York.

One would think that the Mets would be open to finding a new sponsor, as well. Why would any team want its new stadium, the symbol of a new era of victories, to be named after and symbolized by a company claiming to be on the brink of collapse?

I strongly urge Citigroup to find a way out of this contract and instead spend that $400 million on retaining its employees and restoring confidence in its operations. Furthermore, I encourage Citigroup and every other corporation depending on taxpayer dollars to stop the reckless spending, and I again insist that Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke start holding these companies accountable. We cannot continue to pour taxpayer dollars into buckets with holes.

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Citigroup’s Spending Indefensible and Unacceptable (Rep. Elijah Cummings)


From the Hill’s Congressional Blog-

After reading yesterday morning that Citigroup–which has already received $25 billion in bailout money–is adamant in maintaining its $400 million naming rights to the new New York Mets stadium, I was shocked to learn that the company came to the federal government asking for an additional multi-billion dollar lifeline. Surely, if the company has the funds to paste its name to a recreational facility, it has the money to maintain its operations and keep the 52,000 jobs it announced last week it would be eliminating.

While I understand that Citi is under a contractual obligation with the Mets, I cannot understand why the organization seems to be refusing at the very least to explore options out of that contract. This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup’s new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer. My constituents in Maryland did not turn over their hard-earned wages to fund a baseball stadium in New York.

One would think that the Mets would be open to finding a new sponsor, as well. Why would any team want its new stadium, the symbol of a new era of victories, to be named after and symbolized by a company claiming to be on the brink of collapse?

I strongly urge Citigroup to find a way out of this contract and instead spend that $400 million on retaining its employees and restoring confidence in its operations. Furthermore, I encourage Citigroup and every other corporation depending on taxpayer dollars to stop the reckless spending, and I again insist that Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke start holding these companies accountable. We cannot continue to pour taxpayer dollars into buckets with holes.

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