Who says there’s nothing to do on a Thursday in January? Three things you the Mets fan should know about:
1) Blood drive at Citi Field (I swear I was gonna say “at Shea”) between 10 and 5. Good cause, of course, and a bonus show of appreciation from your New York Metropolitans in the way of two tickets for a game in April when you roll up your sleeve and give; a discount at the team store is part of the bargain, too. The donations will be, shall we say, collected in Caesars Club — no fancy seats required, just a vein. Enter Hodges gate on the first base side. Park in Lot G if your mode of transportation involves parking.
2) As noted in the previously posted consideration of George Vecsey, the columnist who covered Casey Stengel and the ’62 Mets will be taking part in the Varsity Letters series of sports literature reading, 7:30, the Gallery at LPR on Bleecker between Sullivan and Thompson, an establishment accessible via multiple subway lines. Joining George (who recently published a biography of early Met-killer Stan Musial) will be Mark Ribowsky, author of a new bio of the first Mets radio pre- and postgame host, otherwise known as Howard Cosell. Dave Zirin, who has lately written about John Carlos and the 1968 Olympics, will round out a formidable trio of writers for your listening/q&a pleasure.
3) If you’re intent on sticking to your couch Thursday night, SNY has at 7:30 a…wait for it…new Mets Classic! The network delves deep into its vaults and fishes out from July 3, 2011, the Subway Series game that made Jason Bay seem like a bargain. (Gosh, I can remember it like it took place six months ago.) No, it’s not some incredible video find from 1973 or even the pre-SNY 2000s, but as we often say of our Bayloved left fielder, it’s better than nothing.