October 2006

I need this please:


Man, a tough one to swallow.

But don’t forget–last night we were down a man. As Cliff Floyd says, the crowd at Shea is the 26th man.

I’m ready to add woman to that tonight.

Now, scroll down to look at the funtastic Mets video footage from last night. You know, the part that had nothing to do with the game.

We’re always best when coming back from behind…so kinnahura to the Evil Eye and Let’s Go Mets!


One of my favorite dugout moments ever.

Okay, so guess what? Glavine just left the game and now the bases are loaded and we’re down 1 run. I have just muted the game because I am hoping that will mute the growing panic in my abdomen. Yes, I still believe. But I think I’m gonna need to believe along side some Alka Seltzer.

In case you’re looking for some fun right now, here’s the YouTube footage from earlier in the game when they showed Reyes dancing with Shawn Green in the dugout. A rare moment of public levity for Shawnie, who’s usually on the reserved side. I *******’ love it.

Right after this came another adorable moment: the Lo Duca and Woody handshake. I’m not sure…what it is exactly, but it’s cute.

Finally (for now), did you realize D-Wright and Greenie have a handshake? It’s a fist tap-point upwards combo. Me likey.

Picture_157Almost as much as I like this previously blogged about YouTube moment of David Wright imitating Shawn Green’s outfielding.

Okay. That eased my tummy a wee bit. Let’s get this game back in gear, fellas!


What readers are saying!

Cover_small_1Ack–let’s hope I don’t jinx anything, but so far, I’m thrilled to say Pick Me Up has gotten none of the Steve Trachsel treatment. By which I mean that reviews have been great!

If you’re a guy, I hope you’ll take a look and get a gift for any lucky lady in your life. (Or, like the guys who’ve read the book, you may be surprised to find you love it too.) And if you’re a gal? I truly think you’ll love this novel as much as I do!

Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella (of the famous Shopaholic series) calls my novel "Clever, witty, and fun!"

From FreshFiction.com:

"PICK ME UP is chick-lit at its finest, and this compliment is from someone who really isn’t into "chick-lit." Zoe Rice has created superb and colorful characters, placed them in (mostly) believable situations, and gives them a lot of zippy dialogue to speak. Some scenes are hold- your-sides-laughing funny, and there some very poignant incidents. By and large, though, PICK ME UP is a real "pick-me-up" for summertime — or anytime — reading."

From Trashionista.com:

"I really enjoyed this book. Izzy’s a charming, down-to-earth character and the supporting cast – particularly Izzy’s gallery colleague, Kimmy (who I hope gets her own book one day) – are great fun too….There are laugh-out-loud moments and an enormously romantic ending. You know what I’m going to say, don’t you? Yeah. Pick it up. "

From Romancereaderatheart.com:

"Aptly named, PICK ME UP will do just that for you—it’s funny, it’s witty, it’s just downright uplifting. Full of engaging characters and zippy dialogue, it’s one of those books that no matter how many times you may have to start and stop it (office interruptions, you know), and no matter how long in between your reading sessions, you’ll remember exactly where you’ve left off last. The writing and characters are just memorable. Zoë Rice has done a great job with her debut book, and this from a reviewer that’s not that fond of chick lit….Bottom line? PICK ME UP is just a fun, feel good book that’s perfect no matter where or how you read it, and you don’t have to know a Picasso from a Monet to understand it. Simply read it and enjoy the pick me up that PICK ME UP will give you."

And this isn’t even counting all the great reader comments I’ve gotten on MySpace or by email.

So thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to write such lovely reviews! And if you’ve got a loved one, girlfriend, Mom, sister, daughter (15 or over, I’d say), then this is the book for her. Or if that’s you? I hope you’ll email me too with your thoughts on the novel!

When the Mlblogs guru invited me to blog with MLB.com, he envisioned this space as a place for both updates on my novel and "occasional" blogging on the Mets. Hee. I think I surprised him with my interest in Mets blogging, but it’s the novels that pay my bills–and offer great fulfillment from making people laugh, smile, enjoy an escape…whatever you want to call it, trust me. Pick Me Up is just plain fun.



Jon Stewart’s 47 mph…unfastball?

Picture_0192Bubbe. I love you. You’re a super Mets fan, so I love you even more. And I certainly didn’t boo you! But don’t quit that day job just yet, okay? (Stay tuned here for the YouTube footage at the end, which is PRICELESS. Especially the last one, of Willie’s and Rick Down’s reactions.)

NLCS Game 2 First Pitch (Zoe’s pics from the game and Diamondvision):

Jon Stewart greets the screaming crowd:

Picture_0181_1  The pitch:


Jon Stewart’s (heart-tugging) reaction to being booed. (Awww.)


Hugging and posing with Sandy Alomar.

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I had a feeling Jon Stewart would mention his less than awesome first pitch on The Daily Show last night, but I had no idea to what extent he’d show all the video footage. It was hilarious, and here are the highlights for you on YouTube. (Sorry my camera doesn’t take better film off my TV! Oh well.) :


1. Jon Stewart throws first pitch.

2. Jon Stewart on the Shea reaction.

3. The full extent of the booing.

4. Willie and Rick Down’s reactions. It’s easy to miss Rick Down’s "Hey! We got to bring in George W. Bush!"


LET’S DO THIS TONIGHT, METS! The Team. The Time. The Getting The Cardinals Where They Sleep.


Making dreams come true

The Mets‘ dreams–and us fans’ dreams–are on hold while the rain comes down in sheets over in St. Louis.

But why should that stop the fun? Firstly, I got the whole (brief) McFadden’s album up for the NLCS Game 3. Secondly, here’s Matt’s (of Metsblog.com) response to my praising of his Metsy five o’clock shadow (and by the way, didn’t I tell you the offense was gonna come alive for Game 4!?):

…also, zoe, my five o’clock shadow has nothing to do with the mets…actually, i have been rocking the five o’clock shadow every day of my life for the past 12 years…seriously…even on my wedding day…i think it has something to do with having idolized indiana jones and sunny crockett when i was a kid…

Now. How could I resist?



Jon and Brian

Red Sox fans

Rob can’t get the bill fast enough.

Rob + Mets losing = Not so fun for Zoe

Hello nice Pick Me Up Some Mets reader!

If I had had one less drink, I’m sure I would have asked your name. But it was fun doing the Reyes-Delgado hand slap with ya!

Rob and Jon

Jon’s friend in CA grew up with Shawn Green and was at his wedding. If the friend visits, there’s a chance I could meet Shawnie. I might melt into a puddle of giddy goo.

Hi crowd!