Matt Balasis

I’ve been a Met fan since August 1969 when a fire resulted in the Red Cross placing my family on the 6th floor of a building in Willets Point. I could see Shea from our balcony and I knew something big was going on. I followed them through the dark years and the resurgence of the 80’s only (sadly) to miss the fall of 86 because I was in Boot Camp. I've been serving penance ever since in Minnesota where I'm an SLP. I've written a lot about the Mets in an effort to share with my kids (and anyone else who might listen), a sporting tradition that made much of my childhood worthwhile. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewBalasis

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An Optimistic Met Fan’s Diatribe On Civility

An article by posted on May 5, 2014 0 Comments
An Optimistic Met Fan’s Diatribe On Civility

I used to think there were two kinds of Mets fans in New York, the optimists and the pessimists. My theory was that whether or not you are an optimist or a pessimist depended on how you were raised. If your Dad for instance was an optimist, well then as a teenager during your formative […]

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Featured Post: Is Alderson Gaming The System… Again?

An article by posted on April 30, 2014 0 Comments
Featured Post: Is Alderson Gaming The System… Again?

Sandy Alderson was never a professional baseball player. He never donned a major league uniform, he never stood in a box facing major league pitching, he never even coached.  He ascended the ranks of Oakland’s front office through a business partnership with Roy Eisenhardt (whose father-in-law owned the team), though admittedly Alderson had shown a remarkable […]

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The Traditional Importance of Mets Pitching

An article by posted on April 23, 2014 0 Comments
The Traditional Importance of Mets Pitching

Traditions are interesting. They place events from the here and now in a historical context so that we may gain some insight or understanding about what the events mean. My parents, for instance, are from two adjacent towns on an island in the Mediterranean where Easter is stacked with strange traditions that culminate in the […]

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Celebrating Shea?

An article by posted on April 17, 2014 0 Comments
Celebrating Shea?

On April 18th during a home series versus the Braves, the Mets will honor Shea by reducing tickets to 1969 era prices. For $3.50 you can get a ticket in the promenade outfield and for $19.64 you can plop your fanny into a baseline box seat!  $3.50 is about what you might expect to pay for […]

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Talkin’ Mets With Patrick Reusse: Ron and Ike Davis, Tom and Matt Seaver?

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Talkin’ Mets With Patrick Reusse: Ron and Ike Davis, Tom and Matt Seaver?

Sometimes things happen, sometimes they happen in such a way you figure you’ll make sense of them later. Sometimes you become a part of a story you just can’t wait to share, waiting for just the right moment. Sometimes you find yourself relegated the status of a drooling dweeb, which is more or less how […]

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You Know You Miss Baseball When…

An article by posted on December 28, 2013 6 Comments
You Know You Miss Baseball When…

This is a funny time of year. The previous baseball season is now well in the books and fading fast in the rear-view mirror while next season is still too far of for even the earliest of prognostics to hit the scene. It’s a kind of baseball limbo where there is little but a frosty […]

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Featured Post: Wilpon’s Brick and Mortar Failure

An article by posted on December 2, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Wilpon’s Brick and Mortar Failure

Ever since the Mets were purchased outright by Fred Wilpon in 2000 they have been treated less like a baseball team and more like an apartment complex. Real estate moguls like the Wilpons make their money by speculating, purchasing, (occasionally tossing out your token poor and elderly), rehabbing and selling (or renting) properties for big […]

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Sandy’s Conundrum and Surviving In Baseball’s New Market

An article by posted on November 28, 2013 0 Comments
Sandy’s Conundrum and Surviving In Baseball’s New Market

Sandy Alderson is suffering from sticker shock. He’s so shocked you could slam a baseball bat against a wall he’s sitting by and he wouldn’t even flinch. He’s so shocked you have to tazer him just to get him to blink. He’s so shocked … eh, you get the idea. Lets see…  $75 million for […]

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Featured Post: Hey Fred Wilpon, What’s In Your Wallet?

An article by posted on November 27, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Hey Fred Wilpon, What’s In Your Wallet?

You know that commercial for Capital One, the “What’s in your wallet” ad? It’s a good thing no one looks at my wallet, it’s stuffed with everything except money. It’s like a small leather file cabinet. Reminds me of  the Seinfeld episode where George starts having sciatica problems because of the imbalance caused from carrying […]

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Matt Harvey And The Velocity Trap

An article by posted on October 4, 2013 0 Comments
Matt Harvey And The Velocity Trap

Wouldn’t it be great if Matt Harvey wasn’t really injured? If it was just some sort of minor strain that was blown way out of proportion by Dan Warthen, Ray Ramirez and “Dr. James Andrews?” A coaching staff conspiracy if you will? In lieu of imposing hard innings limits on Harvey and Zack Wheeler perhaps […]

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