1. Wish someone who will immediately get it a happy new year today.
2. Wish someone who has no idea what you're talking about a happy new year today.
3. Develop amnesia — what 2007?
4. If you still remember 2007, take a shower. Or a pill. Or a good, long look at Johan Santana.
5. Expect No. 1 [...]
Just over a month ago I speculated on composition of the Opening Day roster of the New York Mets. I was 80% right.
Do I know my team or what?
Apparently not so much. Even allowing in advance for the possibility of injury, I actually penciled in for March 31 the names Moises Alou, Ramon Castro and [...]
52: Tuesday, June 10 vs Diamondbacks
It is the dream, ladies and gentlemen, of every kid who has ever tossed a ball or swung a bat to put on a big-league uniform. Tonight we honor two boys who grew up to do just that…even if they never got to toss a ball or swing a bat [...]
Don’t know how the last season of Shea Stadium will end, but it could do worse than to replicate what happened when Tug McGraw, Ron Swoboda and Tommie Agee got together for a little bubbly 39 years ago. Thanks to FAFIF reader Joey79 for sending along this shot. What do you suppose they’re going [...]
Somewhere near this blog, I don’t know how many people are rooting for the Mets, but I think all of us could use a toast. To a past that gets more glorious as the years go by… To a future that will always be bright… To the present and its impending 162 games… To [...]
I don’t know who this guy is, but I’ve seen him repeatedly since last September 30. This Reuters photo was used over and over last fall to illustrate the state of the Mets fan in the wake of the end of the 2007 season. At the risk of trivializing tragedy, he is our napalm girl, our Kent [...]
59: Monday, May 26 vs Marlins
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to our Shea Stadium Final Season countdown. If, by chance, this is your first game at Shea this season, a quick reminder: At every home game this year, we are pausing in the fifth inning for a brief ceremony in which we introduce one or [...]
Welcome to Flashback Friday: Tales From The Log, a final-season tribute to Shea Stadium as viewed primarily through the prism of what I have seen there for myself, namely 358 regular-season and 13 postseason games to date. The Log records the numbers. The Tales tell the stories.
3/31/98 Tu Philadelphia 9-6 Jones 10 59-61 W [...]
66: Friday, May 9 vs Reds
Ladies and gentlemen, to remove number 66 from the right field wall, we call on a player intimately associated with tonight's opponent, someone who ordinarily would not be setting foot inside Shea Stadium without buying a ticket, but someone so intertwined with the history of this ballpark that it would [...]
Art Howe was a fine man with the misfortune to be rather seriously miscast as manager of the New York Mets. But his finest act might have come on Oct. 3, 2004, in his final inning at the helm. (Which also happened to be the final inning in the history of the Montreal Expos, and [...]