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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Tempering Early Season Mets Expectations (NOT!)

An article by posted on April 9, 2013 0 Comments
Tempering Early Season Mets Expectations (NOT!)

I want to kick that football, I can see Lucy holding it. She’s promised not to pull it away, I know she’s promised before and still pulled it away, but she seemed really honest this time. I’m Charlie Brown, and I really really want to kick that football. I can visualize it in my mind, […]

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The Correlation Between Mets Organizational Depth and Late Season Collapses

An article by posted on April 6, 2013 0 Comments
The Correlation Between Mets Organizational Depth and Late Season Collapses

Since 2006 the Mets have been plagued by a recurrent theme, the second half collapse. The extent to which organizational depth, or a lack thereof, has contributed to these collapses has been the subject of more than a few discussions in Met circles. I would argue, however, that the problem goes back even before the […]

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Featured Post: The Humble and Gritty 2013 Mets

An article by posted on April 3, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: The Humble and Gritty 2013 Mets

That the Mets dispatched the Padres on opening day should not be as much a surprise as the manner in which they did it. The Mets reputation as world beaters on opening day goes without mention … it likely has something to do with the presence of some fine pitching throughout Met history and the […]

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Updated: MLB’s Very Bad Biogenesis Situation

An article by posted on March 24, 2013 0 Comments
Updated: MLB’s Very Bad Biogenesis Situation

Updated Post 11:45 PM Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports posted on this today and I wanted to add some additional information that has surfaced that is relevant to my original post: The government is in. Despite the failings of federal officials in past high-profile cases that married athletes and PEDs, the Florida Department of Health […]

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The Problem With the Aggregate Approach to Offense

An article by posted on March 20, 2013 0 Comments
The Problem With the Aggregate Approach to Offense

One of my favorite sci-fi flicks is Star Trek: First Contact. The first 20 minutes are some of the greatest deep-space action sequences I’ve ever seen, but what makes the movie great, of course, is the villainous Borg. The Borg function as a hive, they are profoundly creepy in an elemental way, they make us wonder […]

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Featured Post: Alderson’s Plan is Growing the Mets Fresh from the Vine

An article by posted on March 17, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: Alderson’s Plan is Growing the Mets Fresh from the Vine

If you have a problem with Sandy Alderson, you have a problem with Major League Baseball. The Mets, as of 2010, have been essentially an MLB operation under virtual MLB oversight with Sandy Alderson a de facto appointee. His job, presiding over this financial and organizational overhaul, has one purpose — to facilitate profitability. That […]

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Brooklyn Cyclones Announce “Meaningful Mondays”

An article by posted on March 14, 2013 0 Comments
Brooklyn Cyclones Announce “Meaningful Mondays”

The Cyclones’ Hurricane Sandy relief effort is under way. This summer on “Meaningful Mondays” the Cyclones will contribute $3.00 from every ticket sold to one of seven neighborhoods damaged by the hurricane. Every Monday the Cyclones will also post stories of Hurricane Sandy at BrooklynCyclones.com. Help promote the effort to rebuild a region that inspires […]

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The Toughness Factor: Why the Mets Need an Edge

An article by posted on March 13, 2013 0 Comments
The Toughness Factor: Why the Mets Need an Edge

Something struck me as odd earlier this spring as I watched SNY’s first broadcast of the season from Tradition Field. Our splendid announcers were interviewing Collin Cowgill and at one point I believe it was Ron Darling asked whether Collin was getting a lot of ribbing about something or other in his background (I think […]

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Neeker’s 2013 National League Sleepers

An article by posted on March 11, 2013 0 Comments
Neeker’s 2013 National League Sleepers

Every team has them, one or two players who’ve had flashes of brilliance here and there but have never quite put it together. Those of us who’ve partaken in the Fantasy Baseball arts can tell you there’s nothing like taking a flier on a high upside kid who makes a splash in the big pool, […]

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Juggernaut: The Day My World And The Mets Collided

An article by posted on March 8, 2013 0 Comments
Juggernaut: The Day My World And The Mets Collided

There’s been a lot of talk this spring about turning points. How this season may become a watershed campaign, kind of like the Mets of the early 80′s when it became obvious the team was on the ups. Baseball itself is a game of turning points. Who knows, the season may feature it’s own change […]

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