Nothing could be more terrifying on Halloween than coming into contact with ghosts of Mets Who Almost Were. Tonight, with however many leftover fun size Milky Ways you choose as your companions, you’ll have the opportunity to turn on your television (your actual television) and have the blue and orange scared out of you by [...]
Six NLCS and two World Series games later, there’s a National League team playing baseball on my television again. Everybody involved in making it disappear as long as it did is still a snake, but baseball is baseball, and I’m an American — easy to distract with flickering high-definition images of painted faces and soaring [...]
Our whole year builds up to these kinds of Fall Classic moments: we anticipate every move; we dissect every morsel of potential strategy; we hang on every word written and spoken in advance…and then, finally, the big event takes place.
For us Mets fans, offseason press conferences are our version of World Series games — except [...]
Welcome to a special midweek World Series edition of Flashback Friday: Take Me Out to 34 Ballparks, a celebration, critique and countdown of every major league ballpark one baseball fan has been fortunate enough to visit in a lifetime of going to ballgames.
BALLPARK: Fenway Park
HOME TEAM: Boston Red Sox
FIRST VISITED: July 30, 1985
CHRONOLOGY: 2nd [...]
The worst commissioner since Bowie Kuhn will probably be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday. It’s inevitable. Baseball loves to honor its emptiest suits. They did it for the hollow haberdashery inhabited by Bowie Kent Kuhn and they’ll do it for the incumbent do-nothing prop of ownership. Clear space in Cooperstown for a plaque [...]
Sandy Alderson is reported far and wide as a done deal for Mets GM, likely to be announced as official on Friday.
Why, he will whip this sad sack outfit into shape; imbue it with a perpetually winning, statistically driven philosophy; stock it with a finely calibrated mix of veterans and youngsters; fill out the [...]
We’re all aware that Nolan Ryan is taking part (albeit from very good seats in the stands) in his first World Series since 1969. But were you aware that if the Rangers prevail then he’ll be in an exclusive club of 1969 Mets alumni? How exclusive? So exclusive it doesn’t include Tom Seaver. Read all [...]
We are on the cusp of the Blessedly Likable World Series, featuring two teams that carry little baggage in our weary eyes. We’re not rooting against anybody; instead we’re choosing between the team that took out the Yankees and the team that took out the Phillies. How can we not like both of them?
Pulling back [...]
Mets fans will be nobody’s World Series sidebar in 2010, and that’s all right by me.
Not The Yankees qualified Friday night. Not The Phillies sealed the deal Saturday night. The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants deserve a dual round of applause from all of us for making us happily irrelevant over the next [...]
I can’t believe they walked somebody to get to you.
Not The Yankees got the job done. Congratulations Texas Rangers for coming into your own. Congratulations to my favorite player who’s never been a Met, who — had free agency been more wisely deployed in the winter of 2004 — could have been a Met, [...]