Welcome to Flashback Friday: I Saw The Decade End, a milestone-anniversary salute to the New York Mets of 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999. Each week, we immerse ourselves in or at least touch upon something that transpired within the Metsian realm 40, 30, 20 or 10 years ago. Amazin’ or not, here it comes.
How did [...]
Our own beloved and much-traveled Numbers shirt was derived from one offered by the Padres blog Gaslamp Ball, so my visit to Petco Park was a pilgrimage of sorts for it. (As for why I’m pointing at a hotel and not at the Pads’ retired digits, I was coaching my photographer. Or maybe it was an [...]
I'm in San Diego for Comic-Con — so of course the very first thing I did was go to a Padres/Marlins game.
Petco Park is a little different than your basic HOK/Populous design. Yes, it's got the basic hallmarks of today's retro/modern parks: circulating behind the seating areas, quirky outfield walls, private levels, split upper decks. [...]
Chronic misdiagnoses of injuries and the incomprehensible roster machinations that follow? Half-assed trade rumors in which they can't even make the right hypothetical decision? Club executives saying ridiculous things? Doing ridiculous things? The Mets are, to borrow a phrase from the former Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin, more fun than a barrel of Mookies leading [...]
One never knows how loyalty is born.
—Bert Cooper, senior partner, Sterling Cooper
I’ve learned from friends of the recent passings of two former Mets, early ’60s starting pitcher Carlton Willey and 1976 cameo catcher Jay Kleven. I never saw Willey pitch and I remember Kleven more from name than deed, but each man brings to mind the special bonds we [...]
On July 21, 2004, the Mets called up David Wright from Norfolk to play in their 94th game of the season. On July 21, 2009, David Wright played in the Mets’ 93rd game of this season. That means David Wright has been a big leaguer for precisely five seasons’ worth of Mets baseball.
Of a possible [...]
Preoccupied by the goings-on at the first Amazin' Tuesday (thanks to all FAFIF readers who joined in the fun), I can't say I really watched the Mets-Nationals game, but I did look up at the Two Boots screen now and then.
I looked up and there was Nyjer Morgan, who has become the second coming of [...]
REMINDER: TONIGHT IS AMAZIN’ TUESDAY AT TWO BOOTS TAVERN. BRING A METS BASEBALL CARD, GET A FREE BEER. HEAR FROM SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE METS WRITERS. WATCH THE METS MAYBE BEAT THE NATIONALS TWICE IN A ROW. Full details HERE.
I’m already worried about how the Mets will blow the 2013 All-Star Game. They’re supposed to [...]
REMINDER: TONIGHT, 7:00 PM, IS AMAZIN' TUESDAY AT TWO BOOTS TAVERN. BRING A METS BASEBALL CARD, GET A FREE BEER. HEAR FROM SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE METS WRITERS. WATCH THE METS MAYBE BEAT THE NATIONALS TWICE IN A ROW. Full details HERE.
Even by 2009 Mets standards, yesterday was a bizarre day, one marked by two [...]
Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong — a 38-year-old former naval aviator and test pilot from Wapakoneta, Ohio — stepped off a ladder and into the charcoal-colored powder of the Sea of Tranquility. Watching on a little TV in an airport lounge in Montreal were the 1969 New York Mets — a band of professional [...]