On The Road With Petey: Brooklyn Cyclones @ Hudson Valley
He answers to the name “Rook” as in rookie. He has a smile that lights up the world. He has talent to match. He has an easy way about him that belies the competitive edge that lurks beneath the surface. He is a baseball player, a prodigy, and a Met. His name is Gavin Cecchini, and he has just arrived in Brooklyn to help out down the stretch as the Cyclones battle for a play-off berth in the NYPL Semi-Final round of the play-offs.
I just met Gavin and made him aware of the existence of a very special Mets website by the name of MetsMerizedOnline.com. I also told him about our weekly podacsts that will be starting tomorrow and airing live every Thursday at 6 pm. They will be called Metsmerized Radio, and will feature co-hosts Matt Falkenbury and Stephen Hanks, with minor league guy, yours truly, and Satish Ram as the weekly media guy who will be taking your questions live via Twitter.
Listeners are encouraged to call in to the show to ask the hosts and guests live questions on the air. Our first guest in our premiere show tomorrow will be Mark Simon of ESPN. Future guests will include Matt Cerrone, Adam Rubin, Mike Vacarro, Kevin Kernan, Brandon Nimmo, Phillip Evans, Jayce Boyd, John Mincone, and the aforementioned Gavin Cecchini.
Tonight I am writing this live from the pressbox at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY, where the 1st place Hudson Valley Renegades take on the 2nd place Brooklyn Cyclones. The Renegades need just one win to clinch the play-offs, and 4 games to clinch the division. The Clones can win the wild card if they can hold on to their 2.0 game lead with eight games left to go, their magic number is 7 to clinch a wild-card.
I will be on Twitter tonight tweeting live from the stadium here during the game, if you would like to send any questions feel free.
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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