Finally, no one puts Apple in a corner!
For pics of Work Out Day and many of the Metsy new changes to Citi Field, check out the full album here.
What a joy it was to marvel at the new Hall of Fame Museum. Some of the best goodies you can imagine are now displayed for all to see. Gil Hodges contract, Casey Stengel’s own informative notes, 60s memorabilia, Tommy Agee’s 1969 World Series Game 3 glove, the famous 1969 shoe polish ball, Tom Seaver’s 1966 minor league contract, Daryl Strawberry’s scouting report, Gary Carter’s first game, home run game-winning bat, one of Keith Hernandez’a Gold Gloves, the original Mr. Met, the World Series Championship trophies and rings, rows of commemorative plaques, and more. Please don’t miss it!
Also notice the lineup cards now positioned exactly where they should be, prominently over the escalators at the top of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
And oh, there were players too! Our actual Mets, working out on the field. Jeff Francoeur is officially one of my favorite Mets now, if not my very favorite in 2010. Not only does he play all out, but he’s just so joyful! He’s a joy to watch, to have around (it seems), and just the best addition to that clubhouse since Johan Santana. He threw ball caps to the fans, and he was one of the few to make eye contact with us.
Citi Field has now given a wedded couple their ultimate opening day–hopefully to a season of wedded bliss and not a surprise collapse. The occasion seems to have gotten Citi’s season off to a celebratory start.
So what do you get with a Citi wedding? Two Mets jerseys, a fan walk brick, your faces on the scoreboard, and a walk around the field. Guests enjoy an Acela club reception, with likely a pretty decent food menu. Ya know, this doesn’t sound so bad.
As for the “in sickness and in health” part of the ceremony? Let’s just stick with avoiding the word “sickness” within a square mile of Citi Field. No need to tempt the mojo.
Thanks to the Daily News for the link.
(No word on whether Mr. Met became ordained online to conduct the ceremony.)
Always glad to see the media appreciating Gary, Keith, and Ron as much as we viewers do. A great article on the chemistry and craft of our modern-day Bob Murphy, Ralph Kiner, and Lindsey Nelson.
And right this instant, with Grapefruit League games officially about to start, the dulcet sounds of GKR fill my apartment, and I’m about to see our boys play for the first time in 2010. Let’s go Mets!
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On game days at Citi Field, no matter what’s going on during the game, one is bound to be amused by some of the pictures that pop up on the Diamondvision for every at bat. One of my favorites is the slow turn–when the player starts in profile then slowly turns his face to the camera. Just like Zoolander! I call that “The GQ.” For others, you can almost imagine the photographer prompting: “Okay, no smile now. You’re fierce, determined. Now try awkward smile, no, no, that’s too genuine. Make it more uncomfortable. Now let’s get a big grin, show some teeth. Small grin? Okay, that’ll work, we’ll take it.”
So you can imagine how delighted I’ve been so see our intrepid fellow Mets bloggers capture the essence of Photo Day while in Port St. Lucie. I couldn’t resist sharing some of the best tidbits here, with you.
Metsblog’s Michael Baron has gotten some great footage, which he’s
graciously shared in his flickr spring training set, starting here, with Ike Davis. My favorites include this shot, at left, of Josh Thole, Alex Cora and Mike Jacobs palling around, and Oliver Perez doing his best Daniel-san.
Michael Baron also caught a great moment when Jose Reyes’ backdrop malfunctioned, which you can see toward the beginning of his excellent February 27th video. I recommend watching the whole 7+ minutes, but in the beginning you’ll also see a pretty cool pre-SNY camera moment between David Wright and Matt Cerrone. David asks how long Matt’ll be in town, among some other basic chitchat. They’re not yukking it up like best friends, but it’s interesting to see their interaction before the official cameras start rolling:
And, of course, there’s Matt’s own brief behind-the-scenes video from photo day.
I have been glued to PSL coverage from all sides, and it’s massive and non-stop. But two player profiles that shouldn’t get lost in the bulk are an excellent 3-page sit-down with David Wright by Adam Rubin, and this truly eye-opening story on Jason Bay and the difficulties he faced getting to the majors, by Brian Costa. You won’t regret reading either.
Given the limited availability of free agents this year, and the Mets’ lack of coveted tradable prospects, Omar is taking a more drastic approach. Inspired by noted physicist Daniel Faraday, Omar has gotten his hands on the core of a nuclear bomb, which he plans to detonate on the former location of Shea Stadium. “We are very excited about this partnership, okay?” Omar said in a recent press conference. “We explored all options, okay? And this option–this procedure, it seemed to be the one that would be most beneficial to our team. We are not a losing team. This is a winning team. And we are always trying to find ways to get better. All we need to do is detonate this nuclear core, okay? We need to reset the past three years so that the Mets can be the best team we can be. And this nuclear bomb will allow us to do that.”
When the imminent “reset” occurs, it is expected that in the 9th inning of 2006’s NLCS, Carlos Beltran will swing at Adam Wainwright’s ball, driving in at least two runs with bases loaded. Once the Mets win the pennant that year, they will go on to easily defeat the Tigers, becoming 2006 World Series champions. High on that year, 2007 will see no glimmer of collapse, and 2008 will be similarly solid.
As for 2009, Minaya hinted that the front office was examining another strategy from Lost, a temple with what he is calling “healing waters.” It is expected that the Mets’ medical staff will be replaced by a Japanese temple master in a leather vest. Although no more information is available at this time, it is likely that these magic waters are all that could possibly save the Mets’ 2009 season. The Mets expect the temple to be ready by the time of the nuclear detonation.
(*Shout out to buddy Jared, whose photoshop work you have seen before, for his help here. Of course, once the reset happens, those banners will have never been created…)
I’m back! My blogging hiatus took a wee bit longer than I wanted it too. I was all set to come back raring for 2010, but then the whole Beltran fiasco happened. What a mess. But at least it healed the rift between team and front office and made the Mets seem like the awesomest organization for any free agent to join. Or the opposite of that. In truth, losing Beltran for the beginning of the season is a tough, tough blow. But I have high hopes for Angel Pagan, our Angel in the outfield. He’s surprised us before. Come on, Angel, save your inevitable injury for when Beltran’s back and healthy!
What made me excited for ’10 again wasn’t our player acquisitions–although Welcome, Jason Bay, I do look forward to watching you play, and hopefully you’ll keep Carlos B. on speed dial for fielding advice. No, what made me excited for Citi again was a commercial I saw during Hot Stove (how good is our KB doing in the studio? Great job!). Apparently McFadden’s is opening a bar in Citi Field. A real Mets bar. A place that hopefully will host parties for away games–I’d be surprised if Cerrone doesn’t partner with them for something, and they’re already sponsoring metsblog–and provide shelter during rain delays for us non-club ticket holders. Citi Field really needed a bar that everyone could access. Even that little bar outside the Caesar’s Club was Caesar-ticket only. It was infuriating. For non-beer drinkers like me, and for anyone who didn’t want to get wet during a rain delay, Citi Field kind of sucked in that arena.
So far, googling “McFadden’s Citi Field” brings up my own Twitter (I honestly can’t write “Tweet” without feeling like an idiot) about it only in 2nd place, and so I’m not sure there’s much info out there. But here’s what the helpful internet has led me to find:
The Citi Field McFadden’s should be on the LF side, and open to both those inside and outside the ball park. I wonder, though, if it will be like the team store, and so closed to the outside during home games.
Would I go to the McFadden’s in the city for anything non-Mets related? Well, no. But there have been some decent Metsblog parties there in the past, most notably in 2006. So let’s see how they do with a less…sure to win team. They just might sell more drinks!
I leave you with this from Omar Minaya, from the same Hot Stove episode that caught my eye with the McFadden’s commercial. I can’t help but laugh at how Omar’s trying to skirt the Beltran issue. My fave part is in italics. Good for KB for not letting it slide!
Kevin Burkhardt: “I think you need to tell us what happened with Carlos Beltran. Was there a miscommunication there?”
Omar Minaya: “I think the best thing to say about Carlos Beltran, I mean, um, first of all, Carlos Beltran, you know, it was report–Carlos Beltran had told me about that he was going to have that operation. We spoke about it. I talked to Carlos. Carlos, so we understand this, Carlos Beltran did not do nothing wrong.”
KB: So you knew he was having the surgery?
Omar: Oh yes. He called me and he told me. Carlos Beltran is very professional. Carlos Beltran can’t wait to go out and help his team. Carlos Beltran is a warrior. The other thing is, there was a problem. There was a problem in the process, as far as, and I say this, but not in the process of Carlos–not that Carlos Beltran was responsible for that process… I knew that he was having surgery the next day. I knew that he was going–he told me, uh,–and like with anything else, as long as the protocol goes through, we–the pro–the problem was in the process as how we got–went through the process.
Thanks for clearing that up, Omar. (At least he didn’t say it was Adam Rubin’s fault.)
This past Saturday, Oct. 3, was the final Gary, Keith, and Ron event of the year. The GKR Elves began setting up at 9AM for this fantastic afternoon at the ball park. Not even pouring rain could dampen our spirits or our fun. Expect cameos from the Mets’ Omir Santos, Howard Johnson, Ron Darling, Mr. Met, and more!
A more detailed description of the day, with tons of photos, will be coming along likely next week. And you’ll also see pics from Regis Courtemanche’s amazing American Cancer Society benefit (expect to see an actual flag flown at Shea, and more!) next week.
For now, here’s a fun video to hold you over!
Batting helmet! It’s almost like they anticipated we’d be going to Citi Field more for the giveaways and the food…I can’t wait to get mine Friday night. I have no idea where I will wear it, but you can imagine the fun I may be having with it here…
Zoë and batting? The first time I swung a bat was in April, ’08 in the Citizen Bank Park parking lot. Matty Cerrone was teaching me wiffle ball before he pulled a hammy (and Ollie got the win). The second time was on a date at the Chelsea Piers batting cages. I did 3 rounds of slow-pitch soft ball, 20-40 mph. On my best round I hit 8 out of 10, all headed foul. But still, first time! And now that I’ll have a batting helmet, maybe it won’t be the last!
Then again, maybe not. My hands hurt.
(What, you don’t wear a purse when you play wiffle ball?)
The Wilpons, owners of the Mets, have responded to season-long criticism that Citi Field is not “Metsy” enough. The powers-that-be have now added 3 more banners to the left field wall, honoring 2007, 2008, 2009. These banners? They are very Metsy.