— Days Without Shea —


Filed under: Mets
by Kingman on March 31 at 9:20AM
METS_ROGER_CRAIG_small.jpgSunday night, the Mets will open their season - and the 2007 MLB season - against the Cardinals.

Over the years, the Mets have innaugurated their season against the Cards six times, and enjoy a 4-2 record (lets not talk about their 11-20-1 2007 spring training record).

The most significant of those opening day games was in 1962, when the Mets played their first game ever against the Cardinals, in St. Louis. The Cards crushed the Mets 11-4. Portentously, The Mets gave up their first run ever on a Roger Craig balk. Listen to the play-by-play. Lindsey Nelson can barely stifle his disdain as he calls the action on that historic day.

Lets hope tomorrow night goes better. At least we don't have Carl Pavano taking the mound.


[March 31, 2007 12:54 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

Looking forward to see Beltran vs. Wainwright again. How'd that work out for you guys last time?

[March 31, 2007 2:28 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

About as well as A-Rod batting 8th.

[March 31, 2007 8:50 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

Touche! Maybe the Mets should consider that route with Beltran when the games really start to count, choke artist.

[March 31, 2007 10:47 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

A Rod. 29 post season AB in 2005/2006. 0 HR. 0 RBI. .102 AVG.

Beltran. 36 post season AB in 2006. 3 HR. 5 RBI. .278 AVG.

I mercifully excluded 2004, when Beltran had one of the best post seasons in history.

Choke artist?

[March 31, 2007 11:53 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

1 at bat, game 7, 2 outs, all the marbles...backwards K.

And I never said A-Rod wasn't a choke artist. Although, he does usually get the bat off his shoulder.

[April 17, 2007 10:37 AM]  |  link  |  reply
mbtn01 said

Hi, saw this blog for the first time today (4/17) as the result of a link from Faith & Fear. Chronicling Shea's history is a great idea: I've always thought that a biography of Shea Stadium would make a fascinating and funny book.

Now I have some sobering news: After growing up listening to that "Miracle Mets" record, as I'm sure you did, I was disappointed to discover much later in life that Lindsay's call of the balk linked above was not actual archived audio but a studio-created re-enactment in which they got the facts wrong.

Craig balked in the first inning, but the balk only advanced runners from 1st and 2nd to 2nd and 3rd. And that was after the Mets had given up "their first run in history" -- on a Stan Musial single.

Anyway, I'm interested in your topic. I run the "Mets by the Numbers" site (mbtn.net and/or metsbythenumbers.com) which is currently under heavy renovation but I will get a link up when the new site is fully functional.

[February 24, 2008 7:30 PM]  |  link  |  reply
paul wiederecht said

the audio clip from the mets 1st game was a recreation and fiction to boot!
according to retrosheet the 1st run scored against the mets 4/11/62 was by Julian Javier, driven in by stan musial. craig balked while pitching to the next hitter - ken boyer.
as casey said "...you can look it up!"


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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on March 29 at 11:41AM

The Mets are 10-20 as they prepare to break camp. And this week, players have begun breaking down - physically and mentally.

Duaner Sanchez is now lost for much of the year. And his late-inning bullpen pal Aaron Heilman admits he will be battling painful tendinitis all year. Burgos is our best bet to fill in the gap. Enough said.

Now comes word of some anonymous griping out the clubhouse. A deep-throat complained to Marty Noble Wednesday: ""It just doesn't feel the same as it did last year. Last year, we were primed. I don't it feel now."

We know the grouser can't be Delgado, who has not been in camp since his son's birth last Friday. And Valentin is also out of camp attending a funeral.

Who do you think it is? I suspect Pedro. He is never one to filter his comments, especially when he's bored. And last week, he (prophetically) criticized the Mets handling of Sanchez's rehab



[March 29, 2007 1:03 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

Zito wasn't worth $127M to the Giants, but he might've been worth that much to the Mets.

It seems to me like the Mets' management is waiting for next year. I bet they make a huge run at the other Zambrano, and they may just land him. As for this year, they're not in good shape. I think this is the Phils' year.

[March 29, 2007 2:34 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

No way it's Petey, he more of a team guy than that. Sounds like Wagner to me.

Or Cow-Bell Man.


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Filed under: Mets
by Kingman on March 16 at 4:22PM
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For ages, ethicists have argued over when life actually begins for a stadium. For some, life starts at the groundbreaking ceremony. Others don't recognize the existence of a stadium until the official opening day. There are even those who argue life only commences once all the luxury boxes are full.

If you're like me, then you believe stadium life begins at legislation. Which makes today a special day in Shea history.

Forty-six years ago today, the New York State Assembly voted in favor of a bond issue allowing the building of a 55,000-seat municipal stadium in Flushing Meadows, near the site of the 1939-1940 World's Fair. This was the last step in assuring New York's new National League team would have its own home.

Four days later, the Yankees announced they would not let the Mets share Yankee Stadium while their new home was constructed, forcing the new team into the antiquated Polo Grounds.  Yet the Mets would lend the Spankees some space in the mid-70's, while their ballpark was modernized. Go figure.

 Happy birthday Shea!




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cowbellman.jpgA reminder: Opening day at Shea is three weeks from Monday. The Mets are 5-10 and looking a bit anemic at the plate. However, there is still plenty of meaningless March baseball to play and plenty of time for the boys to get into form.

Of greater concern: cowbell man's conditioning. How does he prepare for the gruelling 81 home game campaign?  Does he bang pots & pans all winter to stay in shape? Do the Mets allow him into Shea in the off-season to walk each level and work on new beats? 

As cowbell man is not a welcome presence in Loge 13, a little intelligence on his training regimen  would be handy. Our section's occupants may need to work on some off-season heckling so we are prepared come April 9, when the clankorous cowbeller plots down the aisle, spreading mindless misery for real fans and vacuous joy for the tourists.

If you have any insights on cowbell man's current whereabouts and training habits, please share. My guess is he is somewhere in Yankee camp. 

 



[March 15, 2007 10:24 PM]  |  link  |  reply
RonHunt said

I heard he was offering Alay Soler condolences and appreciated that the media respected their wishes for some privacy.


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