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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Jonathon Livingston Niese

An article by posted on April 15, 2013 0 Comments
Jonathon Livingston Niese

The other day I noticed my kid was reading this book that I recognized from when I was around his age. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. The short novel about the transcendent ascension of a seagull who refused to be confined by the boundaries of his own defining limitations. He flew higher, faster, until […]

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Mets Photo Gallery and Video From Target Field

An article by posted on April 13, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Photo Gallery and Video From Target Field

Early afternoon at Target Field. Jon Niese taking an early jog around the the park. Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson watching batting practice at Target Field. Marlon Byrd is waiting for his turn to take some hacks. None of the players goof off whenever Jay Horwitz is close by. Justin Turner says, “Hey you’re Metsmerized… […]

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Live From Target Field: Mets Freeze-Dry Twins In 16-5 Win

An article by posted on April 13, 2013 0 Comments
Live From Target Field: Mets Freeze-Dry Twins In 16-5 Win

I was on the phone with Joe D. as I was driving to the park and he asks me if I think they’ll get the game in? I look out my window, light snow showers, “I think so,” I tell him. “Just some light snow at the moment.” I hadn’t been off the phone for […]

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First Impressions On 2013 Mets As I Get Ready To Brave Frozen Target Field

An article by posted on April 12, 2013 0 Comments
First Impressions On 2013 Mets As I Get Ready To Brave Frozen Target Field

Over their first 9 games the Mets have  shown some decidedly encouraging signs, but there have also been some glaring concerns. It’s far too early to draw any real conclusions, but it isn’t too early for a first impression. The Starting Pitching Two words: Matt Harvey. Harvey has been stellar … actually more than stellar, […]

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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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