Mets Merized Online » jersey http://metsmerizedonline.com Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:32:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Looking At The Mets’ Big Picture http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/looking-at-the-mets-big-picture.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/looking-at-the-mets-big-picture.html/#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:23:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224645 degrom syndergaard

Painful. No other word for what I felt, for what we all felt, as we watched a pitching duel for the ages come to a crashing halt with a disastrous ninth inning. Many of us vented on social media; many of us flooded the comments section of this blog, to let out our frustration. Blame was tossed around; Familia was both vilified (he can’t come through in big spots!) and greatly defended (he had a great year!). Some praised the efforts of what we felt was an overachieving bunch, more survivors than achievers from a team riddled by attrition through the year so that there was barely a hint of our April roster left at the end.

I wanted to take a look at the Mets’ Big Picture and try to assess the direction this team is going. What is the Big Picture? The building blocks… The players we wanted to see develop and improve… The ones we counted on to help us not only with this year, but over the next several (hopefully) highly competitive years. I am not referring to players we don’t anticipate being here 2-3 seasons from now (which probably include great contributors like Colon, Cabrera, Walker). So let’s examine which young hopefuls took that next step and who didn’t in 2016.

Pitching: There was more bad than good here but let’s discuss the obvious tremendous humongous THOR sized positive from the 2016 season. Noah Syndergaard did everything that could be asked of him, and more. He established himself as a true ace, a dominant pitcher who led the team (and was third in the National League) with a 2.60 ERA, strike outs with 218 (fourth in the National League) and somehow only let up 11 home runs all year. Additionally he gutted out innings while pitching with a nagging bone spur, and showed he was as big game as you can get with his performance in the wild card game.

Much of the other news isn’t as promising. It is becoming more and more worrisome that we simply will never have our dream rotation for even a season. Zack Wheeler not only hasn’t pitched an inning in two years, he really never came close to returning as he had setback after setback. Matt Harvey has, for all intents and purposes, missed two and a half of the last three and a half seasons. Steven Matz always seems to be hurt. And Jacob deGrom finished the year with almost fifty less innings than last season as he also went under the knife.

Obviously this could have been a freak occurrence in 2016. Perhaps next year we will laud our rotation as they stay on the field and throw ace after ace again the evil Giants, Nationals and Cubs. But this year was not one to build confidence that this dream rotation will ever fully blossom as a whole.

Position Players: This was a tough year for our young position players. We went into this season with hopes that Michael Conforto would become our everyday left fielder and number three hitter, and for a month it worked beautifully…until he went into a slump, and pretty much never came out. Now we even wonder how he fits into the outfield configuration next year. Of course other dominoes have to fall—we all expect Bruce’s contract to be picked up, but can we resign Cespedes? Whether we do or do not, does Sandy feel like he can go into 2017 penciling Michael in as the opening day left fielder?

Even more troublesome was the performance of Travis d’Arnaud, who might have played himself from prospect to afterthought. He simply could not get it together all season, either offensively or defensively. It was well publicized that we offered him to the Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and they said “no thank you”. Additionally, when TDA got hurt and Kevin Plawecki was given the chance to take the reins and run with it, he also stumbled, or limped, or just plain fell down. Our big young position players simply did not improve as we had hoped in 2016, and all sat on the bench in the wild card game as spectators.

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Organization Depth: Okay, I admit that going into this season I was questioning Sandy’s drafts. I didn’t see any real standout performances from our prospects among our minor league teams, and outside of international free agent Amed Rosario and first baseman Dominic Smith, I didn’t see any of our players rated that high in the minors by those prospect experts. I am happy to see he made my doubts look foolish. Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo delivered amazing performances down the stretch, both with sub 3.00 ERAs, to insure our wild card berth. Could their stuff hold up over repeated viewings by opponents for an entire season? That’s for the future to tell, but in the short term they showed both the temperament and the stuff to compete at the major league level.

I was even more impressed with T.J. Rivera. A career .324 hitter in the minors, he came up and hit .333 in the majors in the last month of the season, showing the ability to hit to all fields with occasional pop in his bat. He also got our only extra base hit against Madison Bumgarner. I hope he is given a legit chance to earn the second base position next year.

Coaching and intangibles: First to Terry Collins. I know his in game decisions are occasionally baffling (though none worse than when he admitted screwing up and leaving Wilmer Flores in the game, a mistake that hurt us every step of the rest of the way). But the one thing I will say on his behalf: his players like to play for him and even when they’re struggling he keeps them grinding (to use of his clichés). How about we hire a bench coach to make all in game decisions and leave Terry to the keep-the-team-focused speeches? Terry coached his way into another season, but I sense a short leash for him.

Finally, the intangibles. I believe the Mets made a huge step forward this year. Not only by going to the playoffs a second year in a row, but in some ways by willing themselves to the play offs on the arms and backs of so many spare parts and surprise contributors. It always amazes me when you look up in October and those same teams are there; the Cardinals, the Dodgers, the Red Sox. Almost like they believed in themselves in a way we didn’t. I think this year that changed. I think this year the Mets felt like they were supposed to be there in October…and they were.

Okay. That is my assessment of the Big Picture after 2016. There were a few too many negatives but the positives we have established – a dominant ace, a farm system which consistently provided players who were able to contribute immediately, and an overall culture of winning – will definitely serve us well in the future. Now we just need to keep some of those other players on the field in 2017…

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A Tough Night Ahead As Mets and Marlins Mourn Jose Fernandez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/a-tough-night-ahead-as-mets-and-marlins-mourn-jose-fernandez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/a-tough-night-ahead-as-mets-and-marlins-mourn-jose-fernandez.html/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:15:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223814 fernandez-jersey

Sitting in Section 135, you get the opportunity to look into the Mets dugout.  While watching the game, I could only make out that the Mets had hung something up on the dugout wall.  As I would discover after the game, Yoenis Cespedes hung a Jose Fernandez Mets #16 jersey to honor his fellow countryman, defector, and baseball player:

His manager, Terry Collins was right there talking to his star while he hung something to honor a player who would die tragically at the age of 24.  It was just one of many Mets players who took time to express their grief over the loss on Twitter.

All over baseball, people mourned the loss of a unique talent and incredible young man that was gone too soon.  However, it was not just his talent that makes the loss that great.  After his death, you heard stories about how active he was in the community.  You saw how beloved he was by his teammates, competitors, and people who covered the game.  It was a rare sight to see Keith Hernandez break down as he did when he and Gary Cohen announced the news before the game.

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Personally, I was left at a loss for words having heard all the stories of how he defected after multiple failed attempts and was thrown in a Cuban prison for a year at age 14. A year late, Fernandez jumped into those rough waters, and he used that strong right arm to save his mother’s life when she fell overboard. Upon hearing the news, many were left wondering where Fernandez’s savior was when that boat crashed.

As if this wasn’t tragic enough, there was learning the news that Fernandez was set to become a father.  Somewhere in Florida a child is going to be born that is never going to get to know their father.

With the shock and sudden loss, the Marlins cancelled yesterday’s game.  However, they will play tonight against the Mets.  They will play on a night that Fernandez was supposed to be taking the rubber against the veteran Bartolo Colon.

That’s the backdrop to tonight’s meeting between the Mets and the Marlins.  A once meaningful September game now seems devoid of its meaning without Fernandez.  On a night that he was supposed to don his number 16 jersey and take the mound, the Mets and Marlins are left hanging up his jersey in honor and remembrance of him.

“I know they’ll be very, very respectful,” Terry Collins explained. “This is one that hits you in the stomach. This kid’s 24 years old. He’s got a huge future ahead of him. His past is a story itself — how he got here, how he became successful, his love for the game, his love for Miami and the community, what he did down there for kids.”

“You can’t ever watch a Marlins game where you’re not looking over on the bench watching this guy have fun, even though he’s not playing that night. He stays on the bench. He’s cheering. He’s on the top step. His love for the game and what he meant to Miami, it’s got to be a hard day for them.”

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Jose’s family, teammates, his fans and everyone at the Marlins.”

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Mike Piazza Jersey on Display at the 9/11 Memorial http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mike-piazza-jersey-on-display-at-the-911-memorial.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mike-piazza-jersey-on-display-at-the-911-memorial.html/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:08:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223429 piazza1

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Piazza‘s most important home run.  In the first game back in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he hit a two-run home run off Steve Karsay to give the Mets a 3-2 lead:

The home run is often credited with helping New Yorkers, especially Mets fans, in the healing process after the unfathomable tragedy.  It is why there was a furor over the Mets having sold the jersey Piazza wore in the game he hit the home run.

The jersey was eventually purchased by a group of investors, notably Anthony Scaramucci, who wanted to ensure the jersey would forever be on display.  As Mr. Scaramucci told Mets Merized Online, the jersey was going to be rotated between Citi Field, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the 9/11 Memorial.

For those interested in seeing the jersey on the anniversary of the home run, the jersey is being displayed today at the 9/11 Memorial.

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Mets Will Wear Special Mike Piazza Hats This Weekend http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-will-wear-special-mike-piazza-hats-this-weekend.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-will-wear-special-mike-piazza-hats-this-weekend.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:08:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218747 piazzahat

As a part of all the festivities this weekend when the New York Mets will commemorate the Hall of Fame career of legendary catcher Mike Piazza, the players will all wear these special hats that feature an exclusive Mike Piazza Patch.

If you’d like to get yourself one of these special edition Mets hats, they will only be for sale exclusively at Citi Field.

In addition to a special pregame ceremony to retire Mike Piazza’s #31 uniform number on Saturday, July 30, the Mets will also giveaway a Mike Piazza replica jersey to all fans in attendance on Friday night, and a Mike Piazza bobblehead to the first 15,000 fans in attendance on Sunday.

Piazza joins Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver (41; retired in 1988); Manager’s Gil Hodges (14; retired in 1973) and Casey Stengel (37; retired in 1965) as the only uniformed Mets whose numbers have been retired. 

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MMO Exclusive: Meet The Fan Who Rescued Mike Piazza’s Post 9/11 Jersey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-exclusive-meet-the-fan-who-rescued-mike-piazzas-post-911-jersey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mmo-exclusive-meet-the-fan-who-rescued-mike-piazzas-post-911-jersey.html/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:52:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=210122 Mets' Mike Piazza hits 8th inning homerun to lead Mets past

Thanks to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, we all discovered that the post 9/11 jersey worn by Mike Piazza when he hit his epic homerun, was put up for auction with Goldin Auctions. The jersey faced an uncertain future until a group of three die-hard Mets fans stepped forward and purchased the jersey for a record $365,000. Part of that group included Anthony Scaramucci.

For those who don’t know Mr. Scaramucci, he is the founder and co-managing partner of the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital, founder of the SkyBridge Alternatives (“SALT”) Conference and host of iconic financial television show “Wall Street Week.”

Despite his busy schedule, he was able to answer some of my questions regarding his Mets fandom and the Piazza jersey:

How did you become a Mets fan?

Growing up on Long Island, I got hooked in 1969 with the Miracle Mets and the 1973 team that made it back to the World Series. They could have lost every game after that. It wouldn’t matter to a true fan.

What is your favorite Mets memory?

I’d have to say winning the World Series in ‘86. Last year’s World Series run was also a thrill, seeing our young team get back to winning ways. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the franchise.

What were your recollections from Mike Piazza’s post 9/11 homerun?

The 9/11 attacks had an impact on all Americans, but especially those living in and around New York. It was almost guaranteed that you knew someone directly or indirectly who died that day. There was no precedent for how to respond to such a tragedy. When should life return to normal? Should sports resume, and if so when? Should we play games in New York? I felt very strongly that we needed to get things back to normal as quickly as possible to honor the fallen and send a message to the world that you cannot disrupt our way of life.

In the stadium, everyone was tense and uneasy for most of the game. Players were hesitant to make a hard slide or argue a call. Everyone was sort of going through the motions. When Piazza hit that home run, the place erupted, the old suspension system at Shea was literally bouncing, everyone was hugging each other and there wasn’t a dry eye on the place. It was an outpouring of grief and the beginning of the healing process for New Yorkers and for the country.

What did the jersey mean to you?

The jersey to me is a symbol, a symbol of American resolve and resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy, a symbol that no matter the adversity we will always pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and move forward. Some might say it was just a baseball game and it’s just a jersey, but anyone who was there or watching that day knows differently.

Why did you decide to purchase the jersey?

I know the jersey meant a lot symbolically to the people of New York – 9/11 first responders to families of the deceased to fans and former players – and when the opportunity came to get it back my partners and I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass. We wanted to make sure it came back home to New York to be displayed in the public domain forever.

At any point, did you ever consider wearing it around like George Costanza wearing Babe Ruth’s jersey on Seinfeld?

You didn’t think I would pay all that money without trying the jersey on did you? Unfortunately it isn’t quite my size. In true New York fashion, I’ve mostly been carrying it around in a garment bag on a cheap wire hanger.

Where is the jersey first going to be displayed?

We’re not 100% sure on that yet. All three venues where it will rotate (the 9/11 Memorial Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Citi Field) have to figure out some display logistics, so in the meantime we’ll be showing it around and I’m going to bring it out to Las Vegas for the SkyBridge SALT Conference in May. Hopefully the flight stewardess has room to hang it up in the pilots’ closet.

How long will the jersey be on display?

We are writing a clause into the deal so the jersey will forever be displayed in the public domain, hopefully well after we’re dead and gone.

How do you feel when people thank you and your partners for purchasing the jersey?

I’m conflicted on that. On one hand obviously I appreciate the kind words and support, but I also don’t want to pretend like I’m some kind of hero for buying a jersey. There were thousands and thousands of heroes on 9/11 – workers in the towers herding others to safety, first responders rushing up into the burning buildings, volunteers digging through toxic rubble for days on end in hopes of finding one or two miraculous survivors. I feel fortunate that my success has put me in a position to contribute to a gesture like this, but the jersey and this moment isn’t about me, it’s about honoring the legacy of those who died that day.

What are your predictions for the 2016 season?  

I’m an optimistic guy, but I think the Mets are going to win the whole thing. We have one of the greatest pitching staffs of all time and it’s going to be fun to see those young guys grow. Management did a great job keeping Cespedes and making some nice additions to the team. It’s going to be a year to remember.

I would also like to thank Mr. Scaramucci for taking some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions. I would also like to thank him and his partners for purchasing the jersey and forever sharing it with the people of New York. When I tell my son about 9/11, I will also tell him how Piazza’s homerun uplifted our city and our country after the worst and most devastating terrorist attacks in United States history. 

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Mets To Dispense With Camouflage Uniforms In 2016 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-to-dispense-with-camouflage-uniforms-in-2016.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-to-dispense-with-camouflage-uniforms-in-2016.html/#comments Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:00:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208386 curtis Granderson bartolo colon

According to Paul Lukas of the ever popular site UniWatch, the New York Mets will not wear the camouflage uniforms at home during the 2016 season.

The Mets began wearing the camos in 2014 when the launched their Military Mondays campaign to honor veterans and active duty servicemen and women.

The camouflage uniforms proved very lucky for the Mets, who were undefeated during Monday home games last season with a 9-0 record. Since the Mets first wore the camos on April 21, 2014 they are 14-1.

In January, the team announced that they will wear their 1986 throwback jerseys for all Sunday home games this season.

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Mets Unveil New Spring Training Jersey, Cap, Hoodie http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-unveil-new-spring-training-jersey-cap-hoodie.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-unveil-new-spring-training-jersey-cap-hoodie.html/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205469 jacob degrom

With the reporting date for pitchers and catchers only 16 days away, here’s a preview of the new jerseys, caps and pullover hoodies Mets players will be sporting when they arrive to camp at Port St. Lucie.

Jacob deGrom (above) is looking good in his official Mets Spring Training sweatshirt that features the slogan “Train To Reign” on the front.

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The new Spring Training jerseys, designed by Majestic, may look the same as last year, but there are some very cool differences. For one, the sides feature a mesh panel that will keep you cool and add better mobility.

The right sleeve also features this year’s new Spring Training Logo Patch. It looks like a typical Interstate Highway or Route sign with the state initials for Florida and Arizona to represent the Grapefruit League and Cactus League, respectively.

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If you zoom in on Syndergaard’s jersey and take a closer look, you’ll find that all the Uniform Numbers and Letters feature an assortment of different MLB and Spring Training logos. It’s actually a pretty nice touch – even if it’s practically invisible from a distance.

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This year’s spring training caps will still feature Mr. Met on the front, but will also include a side patch of the new Interstate Highway marker, with the designation “FL” for Florida.

I’m not so thrilled with the sweatshirts and hoodies, but to borrow a phrase from Dwight Gooden, the jersey and cap are “Crazy Good.”

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2014 Mets Promotion Days and Special Offers! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/2014-mets-promotion-days-and-special-offers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/2014-mets-promotion-days-and-special-offers.html/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:18:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=151902 button metsb

The New York Mets announced that Free Shirt Friday and Family Sunday will lead the lineup of special offers and new attractions throughout the season at Citi Field. The Mets will host the third year of post-game concerts and added a third Fireworks Night to the schedule.

2014 Promo Days

Free Shirt Fridays

Every fan in attendance on 12 Friday home dates will receive a uniquely designed Mets t-shirt. For a complete listing including photos of all t-shirts, visit mets.com/FreeShirtFridays.

Saturday Post-Game Concerts

Saturdays will feature the 2014 Mets Concert Series presented by Duane Reade with best-selling performer and Queens native 50 Cent (June 14), rock-n-rollers Huey Lewis and the News (July 12), R&B legends Boyz II Men (August 16) and pop-sensation Austin Mahone (September 27).

Family Sundays

Every Sunday will feature family-themed giveaways to the first 15,000 fans, and the Mr. Met Dash, where kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game. Kids inflatables, face painters and balloon artists, courtesy of Send in the Clowns, will be on Mets Plaza before the game to entertain families.

Fireworks Nights

There will be three Fireworks Nights at Citi Field in 2014. On July 4, there will be a special Independence Day celebration Fireworks Night presented by Citi. Fireworks will also light the sky above Citi Field Saturday, August 2 and Saturday, September 13 on Fireworks Night presented by Duane Reade.

Bobbleheads

There will also be three special bobblehead giveaways in 2014, each for the first 20,000 fans in attendance on each date. The first is Saturday, May 10 featuring a 1969 Commemorative Nolan Ryan bobblehead courtesy of Delta Air Lines, next is Saturday, August 30 which will be a Curtis Granderson bobblehead presented by Gold’s, and the final one will be on Sunday, September 28 featuring Casey Stengel courtesy of SNY & WOR.

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Special Offers

Birthdays

As a happy birthday present from the Mets, fans can receive a complimentary ticket to that day’s game to celebrate their birthday at Citi Field. Fans must show a valid form of identification (birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, etc.) at the Citi Field Ticket Windows on their birthday to receive a ticket, subject to availability. The offer does not apply for games on Opening Day, March 31 or the Subway Series May 14-15. The offer ends September 28. For those celebrating birthdays when the Mets are on the road, on an off-day, in the off-season or on non-eligible games, a complimentary ticket can be redeemed for games on April 2-3, 21-24 and September 8-10.

Family Pack

For $24, fans can enjoy a ticket to a game in the Left Field Landing and a choice of a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog, Two Boots pizza slice, burger or veggie burger, to go along with Nathan’s Famous French Fries and a large sized 21 oz. Pepsi-branded soda. Fans can upgrade their seating location to the Baseline Box on the Field Level for $39 per ticket. For more information, visit Mets.com/FamilyPacks.

Military Mondays

U.S. Military personnel with active or retired military identification will receive complimentary tickets to Monday night games for themselves and up to three guests on the following Mondays: April 21, July 7, July 28, September 8 and September 15. The tickets will be available (night-of-game only) in the Ticket Office lobby in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, subject to availability.

Military Go Free

For the games outside of Military Mondays, the Mets will continue to provide active military personnel with complimentary tickets (day-of-game only) in the Ticket Office lobby in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, subject to availability. Accompanying non-military persons must purchase tickets, subject to availability.

Mr. Met’s Kids Club

The Kids Club has been re-launched with two membership levels. Blue memberships are free and come with one free Sunday ticket voucher and a Kids Club lanyard and rewards card. Orange memberships cost $29 and comes with four free Sunday ticket vouchers, a Kids Club t-shirt, a front-of-the-line pass for Sunday Mr. Met Dashes and a Kids Club lanyard and rewards card. Members are encouraged to check in every Sunday at the Kids Club Kiosk at Good Humor Fan Fest to qualify for special rewards.

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Mets Hall of Fame & Museum

“Kiner’s Korner” will be dedicated to celebrating the life of Hall of Famer and original Mets broadcaster, Ralph Kiner. The display will feature one of his Emmy Awards, his 1986 World Series Championship ring, an index card of hand-written notes and the sign from his iconic show, Kiner’s Korner.

Fifty years have passed since the opening of Shea Stadium, and the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum will feature a special display highlighting some of the most significant moments from the Mets’ home from 1964-2008 including:

  • 1961 Shea Stadium groundbreaking ceremony program
  • 1969 team signed bat
  • Willie Mays’s 1973 game-used batting helmet
  • Mike Piazza home jersey from the 2000 World Series
  • Mike Piazza’s jersey and catching helmet from the first game after the 9/11 attacks
  • Endy Chavez’s jersey from “The Catch” in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS
  • Last pitching rubber used at Shea Stadium

The Jersey Wall will return this year and display the uniforms of the four Mets captains in franchise history: Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, John Franco and David Wright.

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Support Campaign To Bring Kiner’s Korner to Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/support-campaign-to-bring-kiners-korner-to-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/support-campaign-to-bring-kiners-korner-to-citi-field.html/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:50:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=151295 kiner logo

The New York Mets plan to honor beloved and legendary broadcaster Ralph Kiner throughout the 2014 season. As we’ve seen already, players ware wearing commemorative uniform patches on their right sleeve of their jerseys.

On Opening Day, the Mets will celebrate the life and legacy of Kiner during a pre-game, on-field ceremony when the Mets host the Washington Nationals at 1:10 PM at Citi Field. The ceremony will include a video tribute and the unveiling of the commemorative logo on the left field wall. Kiner’s family will attend and participate in the ceremony.

kinerRalph’s death has motivated one fan, 31-year-old Ed Solomon, to launch a twitter campaign to get the Mets to officially name a portion of Citi Field, “Kiner’s Korner.”

By following @MetKinersKorner on Twitter, you petition the Mets for renaming Citi Field Sections 132-134 as Kiner’s Korner, commemorating the 52-year Mets career of Ralph Kiner.

Ed hails from Long Island and told me cares about the history of this franchise tremendously. He’s a die-hard fan who attends many Mets games each season including 64 games last year.

When I asked him what made Ralph so special, he responded, “He taught so many the game we care for, for so long, but also in a very unique way. The man deserves a fitting tribute for the impact he had.”

“For 2014, the Mets have plans for commemoration, such as a jersey patch and an outfield wall logo, but apparently there has not been anything announced for beyond this year. The broadcast booth has been named in his honor, but how many fans encounter that plaque? He deserves a tribute in perpetuity, out in the open.”

“Plus, naming Sections 132-134 Kiner’s Korner is logistically sound for the Mets. There is no sponsorship with that area, and the team could offer group or promotional seating offers. I am familiar with Twitter and figured a Twitter petition would be an effective way to gain support.”

One of the things I love about MMO is how it gives me a chance to get to know so many different dedicated Met fans. Fans who go above and beyond. Fans like Ed.

Help Ed by following him on Twitter at @MetKinersKorner, and send a message to the Mets that we want a lasting tribute for Ralph that we can talk about for years and years to come. Let’s make Kiner’s Korner at Citi Field a reality. 

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Daniel Murphy, Superhero: Chapter 1 – The Gum Caper http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/daniel-murphy-superhero-chapter-1-the-gum-caper.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/daniel-murphy-superhero-chapter-1-the-gum-caper.html/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:12:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139423 Daniel-Murphy-point copy

All was quiet in Port St. Lucie until, all of a sudden and without warning, Daniel Murphy heard a cry for help. He rushed from his locker, where he was oiling his glove and daydreaming of hitting .300 and an All-Star appearance in front of the home crowd, to find his teammates in stunned surprise, every single one with their mouths wide open.

“What happened?” asked Daniel.

“The bubblegum! It’s gone!” said David Wright.

“A gnome in pinstripes took it and ran out!” said Ike Davis.

“What are we going to do?” said Terry Collins.

“Esto es terrible!” said Johan Santana.

“A gnome in pinstripes?” Daniel Murphy thought. “That sounds like a minion of the Evil Empire!”

Daniel rushed back to his locker and pulled out his gym bag. At the bottom – hidden underneath his workout gear, socks, and other necessary items a Major League Doubles Hitting Machine brings with him to the ballpark – was what he was looking for.

“It’s time,” Daniel said to himself as he pulled out his orange and blue crime fighting suit. “My team needs me.”

Bazooka. (1)In less time than it takes for him to turn on an inside fastball, Daniel Murphy donned his duds and was running through the clubhouse – his cape with the big number 28 flapping behind him in hot pursuit of the bubble gum bandit.

His astonished teammates looked on in amazement.

“Who was that masked man?” said Ruben Tejada.

Daniel quickly spotted the gnome running down the tunnel, carrying a big barrel of bubble gum. “Stop!” he yelled.

The gnome let out a little shriek, the sight of the super hero sent him scurrying faster, scattering pieces of bubblegum all over the floor.

But the gnome didn’t stop. He burst through an exit door and onto a side field, where rookies and prospects were stretching. Daniel Murphy was in hot pursuit.

“Have to get him before he gets to the bullpen. Have to get to him before he gets to the bullpen,” he told himself.

Daniel knew that if the gnome made it to the bullpen, the chase would be over and the bubblegum would be lost forever. Tomato plants were growing in the bullpen, and as we all know, once a gnome gets into a garden, he’s as good as gone.

The gnome knew this too, and was making a beeline down the foul line.

Daniel channeled the teachings of his little league coach. “Run hard to first,” he told himself. And so he did.

The gnome was almost within his reach. “Just… a… few… more… steps…” The gnome could hear Daniel fast approaching and was just a few yards from freedom when he risked a quick glance over his shoulder to see where the masked man was and… CRASH!!!

The gnome ran right into Zack Wheeler, who was doing laps on the warning track. Daniel Murphy pounced on him and picked him up by the scruff of his pinstriped collar.

By now, the rest of the team was beginning to make its way out to the practice field.

“Thank you. Thank you,” David Wright said. “I don’t know how we can repay you.”

“No need for thanks,” Daniel said. “Glad to be of service.”

Before his teammates could get a good look at him, Daniel was gone.

“I don’t know who that was,” said a player with a jersey number in the 80s, “but I’m glad he was here.”

“Me, too,” said another player without a name on the back of his jersey. “Thank you, mister, whoever you are. We can sleep well tonight knowing you are here to protect us.”

Editors Note: A fictional tale about the secret life of Daniel Murphy the Superhero. Read about his many exploits and perils as we reveal a new chapter everyday in this MMO Exclusive.

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2013 New York Mets: The Uniforms http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/2013-new-york-mets-the-uniforms.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/2013-new-york-mets-the-uniforms.html/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:23:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135011 So while I was sitting at wor… um somewhere, it dawned on me that we are now past the halfway point of the offseason. I was thinking about something interesting to write about.  Seems as though the rest of the staff here at MMO has all the Mets news and rumors covered, so I decided to take a look back at the 2013 season.

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Now I know nobody really wants to go back and bring up sour memories of a fifth straight losing season, but I figured I needed to do something with my time so what better way to spend it.

I decided to go back and look at every win from 2013 and come up with some interesting nontraditional tidbits from the season that was. Lucky for me there were only 74 of them, so it wasn’t going to take days to do.  Ok so that will be my only dig.

I could have mentioned that in 2013 Dillon Gee led the team in wins (12), David Wright led the team in homers (18), etc… but what fun would that be.  Those are things that anybody could look up and figure out.  I needed to find something that would take me hours to kill the clock.  Things that nobody would really know.  I guess things that nobody should really know.  As with most people, my brain is filled with so many useless things anyway so how bad could it be to add more to it?

So where to begin?

By using any type of search engine on the internet you can find out that the Mets finished the 2013 season with a home record of 33-48.  Obviously that is not what any fan wants to see out of their favorite team, but it is something we are going to have to live with.  A suggestion to improve on that record might be to limit the amount of uniform combinations. For their 33 wins at home last season, the Mets trotted out 6 different uniform combinations.

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16 wins – Pinstripe uniforms with the regular blue and orange cap

7 wins – White uniform with the regular blue and orange cap

7 wins – New blue jersey with alternate blue cap with orange brim and white border around the “NY”

1 win – Pinstripe uniform with camouflage “Mets” and hat worn on Memorial Day

1 win – White uniform with the alternate blue cap

1 win – New blue jersey with regular blue cap

Almost half of the home wins from 2013 were when the Mets wore the pinstripes.  If numbers are so important when deciding what player to sign or trade for, why aren’t these numbers considered when deciding what to wear on the field?  One thing that I have grown tired of over the last 5-10 years has to be the amount of different uniforms teams use. Pick one for home games and one for away games and stick with it.

The Mets were a better road team in 2013 finishing one game above .500 with a record of 41-40.  If only more games could have been played on the road.  What fun would that be though?  In the 41 wins, the Mets only wore two different uniform combinations.

MLB: New York Mets at Minnesota Twins

26 wins – Gray road uniforms with regular blue and orange cap

15 wins – New blue road jersey with regular blue and orange cap

It seems clear what the uniform choices should be for the Mets in 2014.  I do have to say that I am a fan of the blue jerseys but if we have any chance at competing using my numbers, the Mets should stick with pinstripes at home and gray on the road.  Whether that actually plays a factor into their success remains to be seen but on paper it is a no brainer.

This isn’t where it ends.  I spent more time doing other useless research that will be unveiled periodically throughout the remainder of the offseason so stay tuned.

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Mets Introduce Curtis Granderson: “True New Yorkers Are Mets Fans” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/mets-introduce-curtis-granderson-true-new-yorkers-are-mets-fans.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/mets-introduce-curtis-granderson-true-new-yorkers-are-mets-fans.html/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:20:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135065 curtis granderson

Look Who’s Smiling!

The New York Mets just posted the first picture of Curtis Granderson sporting his new Mets cap and I gotta tell you, this is very exciting.

Sandy Alderson: “We’re looking forward to having Curtis for the next few years.”

Granderson: “I’m excited to begin my career with the New York Mets. Top to bottom the Mets are a great organization”

Granderson is donning his Mets jersey and is at podium with Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson.

Granderson: “David Wright was one of the first people to contact me and the first person to congratulate me. It’s like we’ve known each other our whole career and I’m really excited to get to play with him.””

Granderson: “The fourth year showed me a commitment by the Mets to winning.”

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Granderson: ”There are 30 ballparks and pros and cons with each one. A lot of people have told me true New Yorkers are Mets fans.”

Granderson: “It’s going to take the whole organization to improve. With the pieces we have we can do some amazing things.”

Granderson: “Looking forward to playing with Dillon Gee, I’ve played with him before and he’s amazing.”

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Curtis Granderson chose uniform No. 3 because it’s his birth month and his mom recommended it. I like that, a guy who still listens to his mom… :-)

– The Mets made him feel needed and wanted and the choice to play for them was an easy one.

– The Mets have the room to improve and I’m happy to help them do that.

– Granderson confirms Mets were only team to offer him four years. No other team went after him as persistently.

– Granderson will earn 13 million in 2014, $16M in 2015, $16 million in 2016, $15 million in 2017.

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Mets Announce Military Mondays, Reveal Camo Jersey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mets-announce-military-mondays-reveal-camo-jersey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mets-announce-military-mondays-reveal-camo-jersey.html/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:26:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132610 USO+Military+Appreciation+Day+NY+Mets+crFVl4z88Cql

The New York Mets today announced the franchise will salute U.S. service men and women with Military Mondays during the 2014 season at Citi Field with complimentary tickets, retail discounts and community outreach events.

The Mets will celebrate the announcement of Military Mondays with Mr. and Mrs. Met marching alongside hundreds of veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project in America’s Parade up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. America’s Parade is the largest event in the country honoring those brave men and women who have defended our freedom.

On the field, Mets players will wear a new camouflage jersey for every Monday night home game at Citi Field starting April 21 (photo attached and below).  During each Military Monday (April 21, July 7, July 28, September 8, September 15) a Mets player will present the “Veteran of the Game” with a team autographed camouflage jersey.

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U.S. Military personnel with active or retired military identification will receive complimentary tickets to Monday night games for themselves and up to three guests.  For the remaining games outside of Military Mondays, the Mets will continue to provide active military personnel with complimentary admission.

Active and retired military with proper identification will also receive a 10% discount off retail items at Citi Field on Military Mondays.

Military Mondays will also extend beyond the ballpark and into the community.  Mets front-office staff, alumni and players will visit a VA Hospital throughout the season to meet the recovering veterans and the dedicated doctors and nurses who care for them.

Military Mondays deepens and expands the franchise’s commitment to supporting active and retired members of the military:

  • The Mets work each season with Wounded Warrior Project to honor a “Veteran of the Game” at all 81 home games at Citi Field.
  • The annual Military Appreciation Day at Citi Field incorporates top military officials, pre-game entertainment, enlistment ceremonies, solider-family reunions and the donation of thousands of tickets to military personnel and their families.
  • Mets Chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon was a driving force behind the creation of Welcome Back Veterans, which provides Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment to thousands of returning war veterans and their families. Major League Baseball Charities is a founding partner of the organization, which has raised more than $17 million.
  • In July, the Mets and Major League Baseball upgraded the VA Harbor Healthcare System’s St. Albans Community Living Center to include an outdoor space for residents as part of the All-Star Legacy projects tied to the 2013 All-Star Game.

The new Mets camouflage jersey will go on sale exclusively at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field Friday, November 22.

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With Great Sales Comes Greater Responsibility http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/with-great-sales-comes-greater-responsibility.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/with-great-sales-comes-greater-responsibility.html/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:41:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130148 Harvey Pitching 6/28Matt Harvey must be feeling pretty good about himself right now. The pitcher’s elbow injury is healing well, or so he says, and he wraps up a winning season in his first full season in Major League Baseball. Yesterday, MLB reported that Harvey ranked #2 in the jerseys sold this half of the season.

Surprising, as he hasn’t pitched for a month and with no national holidays worthy of gift buying, it’s hard for many to understand how the 24-year-old nearly topped the best-selling list.

Whether or not he’s worthy of this ‘accolade’ is a discussion to be had down the bar or in the Betfair forums. More important than worthiness is what the list actually implies.

Being so popular suggests Matt Harvey is increasingly becoming a role model for Mets fans young and old. His game has improved this season but it certainly isn’t at a level to match the hype and sadly recent controversies may be driving the sales – not his game.

Modelling yourself on Derek Jeter is great for your baseball but not for public image. Harvey is still suffering from that Men’s Journal article this summer but his jersey sales aren’t.

Clearly fans who bet on the World Series with betfair like a lovable scamp and there’s plenty to admire in Harvey, but he must be careful not to push the boundaries too far now he’s directly in the public gaze. Young fans idolize him, and with that comes great responsibility.

Hopefully, Harvey has seen the jersey list and appreciates what it means. Next season he must hit the ground running and throw like an All-Star pitcher, or the critics will be ready to put him in his place if he slips up.

We’ve said for a while now this special player had tremendous potential and this season he’s proven capable of meeting it. Now it’s time to push his game further.

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Watching The B-Mets Clinch Their First Postseason In Nine Years http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/watching-the-b-mets-clinch-their-first-postseason-in-nine-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/watching-the-b-mets-clinch-their-first-postseason-in-nine-years.html/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:20:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127434 At 1:47 PM I left my house to begin the journey to NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY, home of the Binghamton Mets. I arrived nearly two hours later with over two hours to spare until the gates opened. I used this time to tour the campus of SUNY Binghamton University, my mother’s alma mater, and to sit down for a late lunch/early dinner meal at the Lost Dog Cafe. If you’re in the area, check it out, it’s a wonderful spot just down the block from the stadium.

I got to the stadium at 5:30 with a half hour to go. I passed the time by 1) buying tickets 2) waiting in line and 3) walking around the exterior. My first impression of the stadium was eh. I know it’s a minor league stadium, but I wouldn’t expect a Double-A stadium to look as old as it did. But, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and I didn’t, which payed off. I saw groundskeepers pass time buy playing an intense game of basketball just beyond the right field fence, and two young boys in Yankees attire tossing a ball around outside Gate 1.

You can’t judge a book, by looking at its cover, ooh…

When the gates finally opened at 5:59 PM, I was greeted by a friendly woman who scanned my ticket and handed me my Baseball Bingo sheet which I furiously filled out throughout the night. I dashed through the concourse, but didn’t fail to notice the stats/standings board which included Major League and Eastern League info, the NYSEG Stadium Hall of Fame, or the beams decorated with pictures of Mets stars such as Matt Harvey, David Wright, and Ike Davis who used to call this place home.

I ran up the steps to section three and stopped to take in the surroundings. My very first reaction to the inside was, “Wow, this looks A LOT like Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie”. And that’s a good thing, because Tradition Field is probably my favorite Minor League ballpark of the ones I’ve been to.

I noticed some Rock Cats pitchers walking from the left field bullpen to the third base dugout, so I headed down there to see if I could snag some signatures. I heard a man call out “D.J.!”, and knew that it was 2012 Twins draft pick D.J. Baxendale. I saw the back of his jersey and the number confirmed it was him. I had him sign the roster sheet that came in the Mets program.

D.J. Baxendale was kind enough to sign my roster sheet.

After that there was tons of time where there was no player in sight. During this time I flipped through the program and read some very intriguing stories including one about a fan who has sat in the same seat in section 12 since 1992, the team’s inaugural year, and has had wild encounters with a lot of the players to stop at the Double A level.

I decided to wander down near the Rock Cats dugout and see what players happened to be sitting inside it. I couldn’t recognize any of the players but when outfielder Daniel Ortiz walked out of the dugout, he pointed me out and handed me a broken bat of his that was taped up so it was was still intact. Awesome! That was the first bat I had ever gotten at a professional baseball game and I didn’t even have to ask.

After that, a few Mets players began to exit the dugout, including the night’s battery, Mark Cohoon and Blake Forsythe, along with Alonzo Harris who wasn’t even penciled into the lineup. I would have been on that side, but the Rock Cats players were beginning to warm up and I, just like a handful of other fans, wanted to snag Twins top prospect Miguel Sano‘s autograph.

After some light stretching and an intense stretching out of Sano (it makes sense. A Miguel Sano injury = a training staff likely to be fired), he came over and signed my roster sheet right next to Baxendale’s John Hancock. Score! It was now time to get some Mets to sign which is what I really wanted. Unfortunately, by this time only three players remained. Josh Rodriguez and Allan Dykstra were the last pair to throw, as they ended with some pretty nasty knuckleballs, and Ryne Hughes was stretching and taking a few dry cuts before running off into the dugout. When Rodriguez and Dykstra were finished, they both took the time to sign the Mets side of my roster sheet.

Now it was time for the Mets relievers to make the walk to the right field bullpen. I recognized a few of them, such as Chase Huchingson and Jeff Walters but not all. One of them, who sported Rec-Specs and a funky mustache, was wearing the pink backpack so a number on his jersey was not visible. He was taking to an older man with facial hair not unlike the player he spoke to for a solid 30 seconds before they embraced and the player walked off with his teammates.

I asked the man who he spoke to and I found out that not only was the player Hamilton Bennett, but I was speaking to Hamilton Bennett’s father. We talked for about as long as he talked with his son, during which I told him I saw his son pitch during a spring training game against the Cardinals. Jeremy Hefner was hit in the arm by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Beltran, forcing him to leave early and the Mets to borrow some pitchers from minor league camp. I told him how impressed I was by his son. Our conversation ended with me saying “Best of luck.” To which he responded, “it’s on him not me”, before walking away. Cool guy. I crossed paths with him again throughout the night.

After my encounter with Mr. Bennett, I headed over to the home plate end of the Mets dugout, which was right by our seats, to see if any bench players were willing to sign. The National Anthem provided a minute long interruption, but once the song was through, backup catcher Xorge Carrillo was more than glad to sign my roster sheet.

The game was now underway and boy was it an interesting one. Only needing one game to clinch their first playoff birth since 2004, the B-Mets couldn’t muster a single hit through five innings. Mark Cohoon was knocked around early, including an absolute bomb on the first pitch of the second inning, courtesy of Miguel Sano. And let me tell you, Miguel Sano is 6-3, 195, but he looks 6-6, 240. The guy looks like a big leaguer and all evidence points to him being a real good one. The Rock Cats ended up with three runs after that inning and made it four in the fifth.

Miguel Sano: This kid is going to be a star one day.

Speaking of the fifth inning, The Mets secured a number in the hit column that inning with a RBI single courtesy of Josh Rodriguez after two men had reached via the walk. After loading the bases off of reliever Ryan O’Rourke, Allan Dykstra punched one into left to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Cory Vaughn added to the excitement, driving in another run off of the third pitcher of the inning, Cole Johnson, and paving way for Travis Taijeron to pull the Mets ahead with an RBI double just past the third baseman, Sano. A very peculiar inning which saw the B-Mets go from being no hit, to putting up a five spot.

Luis Natera Photo by Petey Pete

In the midst of the fifth, I called out to Mets hitting coach Luis Natera who happened to be the closest person in uniform to where I was sitting. When he turned around I said, “Nice game you guys got!” In response he smiled and gave me the thumbs up. If only I could have that conversation with Dave Hudgens at Citi Field…

I love minor league ballparks. Because they are so small, they give fans the opportunity to interact with the players and get close to the action, a nice alternative to either shelling out the cash at a big league stadium, or having connections. I enjoyed being able to get fist bumps from Wilfredo Tovar, and Ryne Hughes. I enjoyed being able to hear manager Pedro Lopez and pitching coach Glenn Abbott communicate with catcher Blake Forsythe. I enjoyed watching Alonzo Harris and Richard Lucas make their teammates (and the fans) laugh. But most of all, I enjoyed being able to watch the beautiful sunset fall over the wilderness just beyond left field. To me, that’s what baseball is all about.

Chase Huchingson came in to relieve Cohoon in the seventh and pitched two innings. Huchingson struck out four batters and got his fastball up to 89 mph, which was enough to baffle the hitters. He also mixed in a slider that came around 78. It was on to the ninth with the score still 5-4 Mets in front. And now it was time for – you guessed it – Jeff Walters. But no! Walters was nowhere to be seen – except for coaching first base, sharing the duties with Richard Lucas. Apparently he was unavailable which was disappointing for me, and most of the other fans who would have liked to see Walters add to his more than impressive save total. And wouldn’t it have been symbolic for him to get the save to send the team to the playoffs?

Anyway, no worries as Chasen Bradford came in to save the day and the game. Bradford was brought in and pitched a perfect ninth to lower his ERA to 0.48 and to earn his first save of the season.

Let the celebration begin, and it did!

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The team rushed out onto the field and celebrated with one another. It was truly a great moment and I am glad I was there to witness it. Pedro Lopez was interviewed after the game, and despite the fact that his mic didn’t work, the stadium gave him a nice standing ovation.

All in all, a great night at the ballpark, and I sure will “bee” back in the future.

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(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Well Represented In Top 5 In Jersey Sales http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-well-represented-in-top-5-in-jersey-sales.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-well-represented-in-top-5-in-jersey-sales.html/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124566 According to ESPN.com and Major League Baseball, the Mets have two of the five most popular jerseys purchased this season.

Probably to nobody’s surprise, Matt Harvey finds himself #5 on this list, but quite frankly to my surprise, David Wright is ranked #4 on the list!

Jersey sales are a funny thing. Often times when a player changes teams you’ll note a spike in jersey sales, but this year’s doesn’t really represent anything like that.

The Mets rank 20th in average attendance this year, yet two of their players are seemingly some of the most popular players in today’s game.

There’s been a lot of talk over the last few years about whether or not David Wright is a superstar. In order to be a superstar, you need to have extreme popularity along with a high level of talent and performance.

It’s hard to argue against that criteria when it comes to Wright & Harvey.

The entire list consisted of Buster Posey, Mariano Rivera, Yadier Molina, David Wright, Matt Harvey, Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Manny Machado, Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig.

Reports that Pittsburgh fans are upset with Major League Baseball for including Bryce Harper on this list and not Pedro Alvarez are unconfirmed.

Congratulations to David Wright & Matt Harvey!

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2013 All Star Game Menu and David Wright’s Home Run Derby Jersey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-all-star-game-menu-and-david-wrights-home-run-derby-jersey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-all-star-game-menu-and-david-wrights-home-run-derby-jersey.html/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:09:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122755 david-wrights-2013-all-star-game-jersey

Here’s a look at David Wright’s All Star Game batting practice jersey… It complete with the “C” as one of the official captains for the Home Run Derby.

These are the jerseys that they will be wearing for the Home Run Derby and are different from the actual All Star Game jerseys that do not feature the skyline.

Both Wright and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees will don the “C” as captains of their respective Home Run Derby squads.

WRIGHT VOTE NOW!

As we reported on Sunday, David Wright has overtaken San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval for the voting lead at third base in the latest update. The Mets third baseman was trailing by more than 100,000 votes as recently as ten days ago and has now taken a 128,831 vote lead. There are only six days remaining to vote.

Cast Your All Star Vote For Wright Here!

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Joey, Iggy and Ed Leyro were all on hand Wednesday, as the Mets unveiled their All Star Game Menu at the Caesar’s Club in Citi Field.

They did a superb culinary roundup of all the world class delights which features a centuries old recipe for their All Star Meatball Sub. The meatballs are made using a combination of prime beef, milk natured veal and pork cheeks, and is then smothered in a delicious Sicilian tomato sauce with melted authentic buffalo milk mozzarella imported from Italy. A topping of deep-fried sweet basil completes this decadent delight.

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Go to Studious Metsimus for all the tasty and delectable details…

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Valdespin Would Have Fit Right In With The 1986 Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/valdespin-would-have-fit-right-in-with-the-1986-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/valdespin-would-have-fit-right-in-with-the-1986-mets.html/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 11:48:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=119115 001298199

There are many adjectives that are used in conjunction with the 86 Mets. Confidence. Arrogance. Swagger. Obnoxious. But they were good, damn good. And they knew it. That’s a far cry from the 2013 Mets.

However, it’s not just wins that count. It’s playing as a cohesive unit. It’s playing as, no pun intended, a TEAM. And that is something this club does not do. You don’t have to get along off the field. You don’t even have to like it each other. But when you’re on that field, you play as a team. You fight as a team. The Jordany Valdespin situation shows in glaring fashion how incredibly dysfunctional this “team” is.

The 86 club was a bawling and brawling brazen bunch of ballplayers chasing women and partying. But there were exceptions. For all intents and purposes, Gary Carter was an outcast. He was a family man, religious and clean-cut. Heck, the guy was so pure he did a commercial for Ivory soap. Mookie Wilson was one of the longest tenured players on that club. Yet, he graciously accepted becoming a platoon player with Lenny Dykstra. Or moving to left. But yet, they won. 108 times. The 4th highest win total in the last 50 years.

That club had issues. No doubt about it. Darryl referred to Wally Backman as a “(expletive) redneck.” In his 1985 book, “Bats,” Davey Johnson referred to Dykstra as “an ***hole kind of guy.” When they were posing for their team picture in the spring of 1987, Keith Hernandez and Strawberry came to blows about seating proximity to Davey. What is this, 3rd grade? But yet, on the field, they pulled together.

After being chided with chants of “Daaaah—ril” in Fenway, Straw answered back. In the 8th inning of Game 7, it was he who hit a towering blast off of Al Nipper that was the final nail in the Sox coffin. And then he strolled around the bases in probably the longest HR trot in history. Confidence. Swagger. The following spring Nipper beaned Darryl. And the dugouts promptly emptied. Who else but the Mets could get in a bench-clearing brawl in spring training? Straw was not overly popular with some of his teammates. But they immediately came to his defense. Why? Because that’s what teams do. That’s what winners do.

When Valdespin gets set-up by his manager to get plunked, what do the 2013 Mets do? They sit on their ass. And then rub salt in the wound by condoning the actions of the Pirates.

This is a team?

thCAX3NVIGBaseball is filled with players that did not get along off the field. But yet, they pulled together and they won. The Oakland A’s of the early 70s bickered constantly. Yet, they won 3 straight World Series. Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent loathed each other. But they put their differences aside and gave their team 2 division titles and 1 pennant over 6 seasons. Ruth and Gehrig were polar opposites who disapproved of the other’s lifestyle. Yet, the Yankees of the 1920’s and 30’s seemed to do okay. And how about ‘The Bronx Zoo’ of the late 70’s. Those guys not only clashed off the field but on the field. And in the dugout on national TV. When Reggie Jackson wasn’t avoiding being punched by Billy Martin, he was getting into it with Thurman Munson. Talk about a dysfunctional mess! But yet, the Yankees won 5 divisions, 4 pennants and 2 World Series over a 6 year span.

The Mets, meanwhile, bicker amongst themselves. Then, go out and lose.

Did Valdespin act bush league by hitting that HR and then showboating on a very small scale? Did he act inappropriately for a rookie? Personally, I don’t give a damn. He’s a New York Met and as such he should be defended by his, pardon the pun, “team” mates. Terry Collins set him up to get beaned. I guess we should be thankful Collins allowed him to wear a batting helmet.

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Had any other rookie done that they’d be praised for trying to light a spark on a team where no spark exists. Last season Bryce Harper played with arrogance rarely seen in a rookie. And although Valdespin is no Harper, I don’t recall Harper getting blowback from his teammates. He gets praised while Valdespin gets violently slammed in the face by John Buck. John Buck who is on his 4th team in the last 5 years. John Buck who will be riding the pine once D’arnaud arrives. Can you imagine back-up catcher Ed Hearn violently slamming a pie into the face of Lenny Dykstra? I can’t either.

Kevin Mitchell was a rookie in 86. Does anyone think had Mitch been purposely beaned like that, the Mets would not have retaliated? Tell me Bobby Ojeda wouldn’t have had someone kissing the dirt the next inning. In 1969 Wayne Garrett was a rookie. Garrett was unassuming and quiet. But can you imagine Gil Hodges setting up Garrett to get beaned? I can’t either.

Why should we expect the 2013 Mets to fight the other teams in the NL when they don’t even fight for each other?

You can clearly see the dissension on this “team” by some of the quotes of Valdespin’s “team” mates.

Latroy Hawkins: “What, now we’re supposed to get into a fight for that?” First of all, I didn’t even know Hawkins was still in the majors until the Mets found him on the scrap heap. Secondly, to answer your question, Latroy, yes. Yes you are.

Marlon Byrd: “The Pirates did what you’re supposed to do. We would have done the same thing.” With all due respect, Marlon, I disagree. When was the last time the Mets protected one of their own and retaliated?

If the Mets are going to lose, at least lose with some dignity. Losing is one thing. Being a doormat is unacceptable.

6590567156446And to David Wright, you’re the captain. Avoid the politically correct statements and settle this in the clubhouse. You’ve got that “C” on your jersey. Now act like a captain. I can’t imagine Keith or Gary or John Franco allowing this to fester. Isn’t it David who said, “You play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the one on your back.”

One vivid memory of 86 was the all-out bench-clearing brawl when Ray Knight decked Eric Davis in Cincinnati. Dugouts emptied…except for one player. Former Red George Foster sat on the bench and watched the Mets fight his old team. And although Foster was the 2nd highest paid player on the team (and yes, an outcast even before), GM Frank Cashen had no problems immediately getting Foster out of New York. Why? He realized that Foster was not a team player.

Thank goodness Alderson was not the GM in 86. He would’ve kept Foster and gotten rid of Ray Knight.

And ask yourself this: What’s easier to imagine—a guy like Valdespin fitting in with the 86 Champions…or a guy like Keith Hernandez fitting in with the 2013 Mets?

So, to Valdespin, I say, hang in there. Your time here is probably limited. The fact that you’re exciting, try to light a spark and want to win, is clearly not in synch with the 2013 Mets. Management wants everyone to be nice and quiet. We don’t want to upset anyone else in the league.

Shhh. Heaven forbid someone gets mad at us. So, sit tight, Jordany. We’ll probably get rid of you like we did Beltran or Pagan. You know, two ex-Mets who escaped this madness. Two ex-Mets now wearing or pursuing World Series rings. Yes, World Series rings, something Terry  Collins can only view on Google Images.

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Mets Game Notes: Niese Will Be Fine, Marcum On Saturday, Harvey Time! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-game-notes-niese-will-be-fine-marcum-on-saturday-harvey-time.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-game-notes-niese-will-be-fine-marcum-on-saturday-harvey-time.html/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:34:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116155

Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada – SS
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. John Buck – C
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. Marlon Byrd – RF
  7. Lucas Duda – LF
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Game Notes

  • Jon Niese is expected to throw a scheduled side session tomorrow, but remains on target to make his next start according to Terry Collins, although he’ll feel a lot better when he sees Niese back on a mound. Niese left Tuesday’s game in the third inning after being hit on the foot on a line drive.
  • Shaun Marcum is in New York and ready to make his Mets debut on Saturday against the Phillies, Mets manager Terry Collins said today. Marcum threw 52 pitches over five scoreless innings in an extended spring training game Monday and later threw more pitches in the bullpen.
  • Robert Carson and Brandon Lyon are not available out of the bullpen tonight according to Terry Collins. Jeurys Familia might not pitch either, Collins said.
  • Lucas Duda is a first baseman by trade, but Collins will reluctant to move the left fielder to his first position even when Ike Davis is out of the lineup. “I want to have this kid be able to do is when he takes the field each day is be comfortable out there,” Collins said. “Can he play first base? Absolutely.”
  • Center fielder Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist on an attempted catch in a March 24 Grapefruit League game, is due to have the cast removed Monday. Den Dekker then will begin an approximate two-week rehab program to regain range of motion before beginning baseball activities.

Game Preview

The Mets look to rebound after last night’s loss against the Dodgers as they play game two tonight. It’s the time of the week that all Mets fans look forward to because ITS HARVEY DAY.

If no one has wished you a Happy Harvey Day yet today, well a Happy Harvey day to you. Harvey will be making his fifth start of the season today. Fun fact, if the Mets wear the blue softball tops (and I don’t think they will) then Harvey will have worn 5 different jersey tops in his first 5 starts of the season. Anyway Harvey has dominated this season posting a 4-0 record with a 0.93 ERA over 29.0 innings where he has struck out 32 batters. Harvey has never faced the Dodgers and the only Dodger who has statistics against him is Schumaker who was 1-3 last year.

For the Dodgers, Ted Lilly will be making his season debut for a starting rotation that has caught a serious injury bug. Last year Lilly was 5-1 over 8 starts  over 48.2 innings with a 3.14 ERA. This year, he has allowed 13 ER, 15 total over 17 innings in three starts in the minor leagues. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2011 where he allowed 3 ER and 6 hits over 6 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Lilly:

Byrd 8-17, 2B, HR
Murphy 1-6, 2B
Wright 1-5
Buck 1-4
Cowgill 1-3
Duda 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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Comparing Mets 2005-2010 Draft and IFA Signings To Other MLB Teams? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/02/comparing-mets-2005-2010-draft-and-ifa-signings-to-other-mlb-teams.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/02/comparing-mets-2005-2010-draft-and-ifa-signings-to-other-mlb-teams.html/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=109043 Many Mets fans have extremely passionate opinions about how well the Mets drafted and signed International free agents during the Omar Minaya era. It is a hotly debated topic, but after every heated debate, there are never any clear answers to how the Mets drafted during this period. Because of the lack of clarity, I felt this would be a great subject to research extensively.

With help from Satish Ram, I compiled the draft results of all 30 teams (as well as IFA signings) during the 2005-2010 seasons, and I compared them to the Mets. The results provide a clearer picture of how the Mets stocked their farm during 2005-2010, and the results debunk some the most common arguments about Minaya’s tenure. The link to our data is at the end of this post. below.

Non Adjusted Rankings

This research shows that the Mets compared to all other 30 teams are above average.  The Mets finished 10th overall with 37 total points, and the MLB average is about 30 points.  When compared to other teams, the Mets actually produced a strong amount of players – in fact, only seven teams produced more.

The Mets also have some starters with All-star potential like Ike Davis, Jon Niese and Matt Harvey. In addition to those three, they have quality starters like Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy that still provide value in other ways. The Mets do not have a proven superstar player, which is what prevents them from ranking higher, but their combination of depth, quality starters, and potential all-stars separate the Mets from the average team.

Some have argued the fact that Atlanta has had much more success drafting in comparison to the Mets and use this as a knock against the 2005-2010 era. While it’s true the Mets fall way short of Atlanta, my research shows why it is misleading to use Atlanta as a measuring stick.

Virtually every team in the major leagues falls way short of Atlanta.

Atlanta crushed the competition with a staggering 58.5 points.  If we were to use Atlanta as the standard for all teams, every team would look like they drafted poorly as well. The best way to judge how the Mets drafted is to compare how they did to every team, and when done so, they look significantly stronger.

Another common misconception is that the Mets haven’t drafted any elite players and that defines their drafts as mediocre. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s true the Mets haven’t drafted an elite player, but the results show that this doesn’t make the Mets’ drafts mediocre. It just prevents the Mets from ranking even higher.

Many of the elite players were already picked before the Mets even had a chance to pick in their drafts. The Mets could not have drafted a player like Evan Longroria, Ryan Braun or Troy Tulowitzki because they did not have the opportunity to do so.

Sure, there are a few elite players who fell into the later rounds, but since my research shows there are only 35 or so all-stars drafted, and only some fell to the later rounds, criticizing the Mets for not drafting those players is like criticizing the Mets for not finding a needle in a haystack.

Adjusted Rankings

This is why I also made a separate ranking which includes draft positioning.  It penalizes the teams who continually pick high, and it gives points to teams who pick later to level the playing field.

When I take draft positioning into account, the Mets jump up to 5th overall with 39 points (the MLB average is 28.6). It’s true the Mets hurt themselves by giving up 1st round picks in some years, but even if they didn’t give up any picks, they would still be operating at a disadvantage against teams like the Nationals and Rays who had the luxury of many top draft picks. What the adjusted ranking does prove is that the Mets did a solid job with what they had available to them.

The reasons why the Mets have been struggling are due to factors like disastrous free agent signings, devastating injuries, financial problems, and an overall failure to surround the team with quality players through trades and free agents.

The players drafted from 2005-2010 are not the problem, but currently they are part of the solution.  The results back this up. Many of these players have bright futures, and will be fundamental to getting this franchise back on the right path.

New Updated link to Spreadsheet Data

Note from Joe D. – Special acknowledged to Mr. North Jersey of Real Dirty Mets for all of his assistance today. Thank you for helping to format the data into a more legible and presentable format. Mostly, thank you for reaching out to us and volunteering to help resolve some issues for us. :-)

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MMO Fan Shot: A Letter To The New York Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/mmo-fan-shot-a-letter-to-the-new-york-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/mmo-fan-shot-a-letter-to-the-new-york-mets.html/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102161 The year was 2000, and the Mets had just lost to the Yankees. Being 20 and in college, I was surrounded by Yankees fans that were giving me the business. I was left with only one reply, “wait until next year!, we will sign A-Rod and take this town over!”. Then the rumblings began about how A-Rod was a 24 and 1 type of player. Well, we all know how that worked out for the Mets. It hurt that my one consolation prize for losing to the Yankees was not coming to Shea.

As all Mets fan recall, it didn’t go so well and after 9/11 the Mets could not finish the comeback. I was at the Piazza home run game against Atlanta and I recall being so happy that I was sure they would go on to win the World Series. It never happened. As the Piazza era came to a close with no ring, I felt as though my favorite team was never going to win anything to have a parade over.

That feeling began to change as the 2005 offseason took shape. First Paul Lo Duca then Carlos Delgado. The Mets were well on their way with a mix of youth and veterans. That offseason I purchased a Jose Reyes authentic jersey. He was my favorite player and I spent my work bonus to buy the $200 jersey.

Every year since 1997 my family and I would go to opening day and get together – we were a group of 20 or more! We watched as the Mets spent 2006 beating up everyone and giving Mets fans the kind of run we had been waiting for since 2000. I laid motionless for more than 20 minutes as I watched the Cardinals celebrate on our field that October. (Side Bar: We should have bunted instead of sending Floyd to the plate).

The pain subsided and the Mets came out the gate on fire in 2007. It was such an amazing run until late September. We couldn’t close the deal again, and I can still remember Tom Glavine saying, “I’m not devastated.” Or whatever his exact quote was. I swore on that day, “I will never spend another dollar on an athlete.” I was so angry and he seemed to just get on with his life.

Despite the disappointment, my family and I returned to say goodbye to Shea on opening day in 2008. 2008 was our chance to wipe the slate clean and fix everything. We traded for Johan and we still had a great core. We had rooted so hard for them to take it to the National League. It was setup for another magical run until once again, we were mistaken as the Mets collapsed again. How could this happen again? How could our guys not have it in them to win one more game? To make matters worse, the Phillies won the title. Our group has not returned since.

We all know what it’s been like around here since 2008. No one needs a reminder so I will spare everyone. The point is, I want to come back. I want to be a Mets fan again. I want them to be relevant again. I have given the Mets everything since I was 5 years old and I want to keep going.

My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I asked for a 4 pack of Mets tickets and a David Wright Authentic jersey to replace my Reyes jersey. I want the purchase to symbolize my renewed dedication to the the future of the Mets. It does not need to be this year. Or next. But I need it to become respectable. This is my commitment to Fred, Jeff and Sandy. I am also renewing our family tradition this year to exercise the demons of the last 5 years. Please dont fool me again. Please lead this team to prosperity again.

If not, I won’t be able to stay a Mets fan. It saddens me to say this. But the reality is, I am giving the Mets one more chance over these next few years to return my loyalty. You gave my Reyes jersey one good year and plenty of years filled with disappointment. All that I am asking is to give my Wright jersey more than just one good season. I am dedicated to you, show me the same this offseason and next.

Sincerely,

A Lifelong Mets Fan

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