We may lose and we may win
But we will never be here again
So open up, I’m climbin’ in
—Glenn Frey, The Eagles
And I said to myself, this is the business we’ve chosen.
—Hyman Roth, The Godfather
If you told me I was going to three games in a four-day span in the middle of the season, I’d say, [...]
With the Mets acquiring little in the way major league talent this offseason, Sandy Alderson making no promises they’ll acquire any more during what’s left of it and the scheduling of something as ostensibly upbeat as Banner Day/Night somehow managing to piss people off, this correspondent seeks something encouraging or at least intriguing to get [...]
Ryder takes his FAFIF shirt out for a Citi Field on-field spin.
Stephanie and I have enjoyed telling people we know Ryder Chasin since the day we met him at his Bar Mitzvah in the fall of 2009. If that sounds like an unusual place to meet somebody for the first time, Ryder was no [...]
“This is the bad time.”
—Henry Hill, GoodFellas
If I may use the present tense while it’s still technically valid, Miguel Batista doesn’t so much throw pitches for the New York Mets as he contemplates them. Not that any Mets fan necessarily wants Miguel Batista to throw his next pitch unless it’s his last, but my goodness [...]
There was Cleon and Tommie…
“I’ll track that thing down for ya.”
And Tom Terrific, who they also called The Franchise…
And Little Buddy…
“Let ’em hit it on the ground.”
Jerry the Kooz and Jerry the Catcher…
“Keep the ball down, would ya guy?”
Rusty the Orange…
“Hey, call me in a pinch.”
And his guy Mex who wasn’t even Mexican…
“A little [...]
Wonderful profile from Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger on the more than humble background of dream closer (or perhaps starter) Jenrry Mejia:
Six years ago, Jenrry Mejia did not own a glove. He did not have a bat. He had no use for a ball.
The tools of his trade were a brush, a piece of cloth [...]
I just looked at the Wild Card standings.
Colorado and San Francisco are tied for first.
Chicago and Houston are 2 behind.
Atlanta and Florida are 2½ behind.
Milwaukee is 4 behind.
And then you have the Mets, tied for eighth with the Reds, 7½ back.
In other seasons, maybe even this season not that long ago, I would have processed [...]
Jimmy was cutting every link between himself and the robbery…still, months after the robbery, they were finding bodies all over.
—Henry Hill on the aftermath of the Lufthansa thing
The Mets bullpen crew whacked the Mets’ playoff hopes. The Mets are getting even.
When they found Schoeneweis on the Diamondbacks, he was frozen so stiff it took [...]