When we first saw the headline “Plunging louts at stadiums are more than a pain in the neck” in the NY Daily News, we assumed it was another story about Shea’s plumbing.
Instead, it is an update on the plights two spine-addled fans, injured at Shea and Yankee Stadium this year.
58–year-old Met fan Ellen Massey was at opening day at Shea. Just before the 7th inning, a drunk fan fell on her, breaking her back. She went to the hospital. The drunk waddled away.
Massey told the News: “You're always ready to put your hands up so you don't get hit by a foul ball, But an unguided missile, well, that's something else."
"Massey still wears a neck brace on occasion and struggles with her balance, but has returned to working three days a week.
Despite her pain, she said she may one day return to Shea.
"If they give me a plexiglass booth, I'll gladly go back," Massey joked.
Meanwhile, Massey is suing the Mets: her lawyer Stephen Kaufman insists excessive alcohol fueled the mystery fan who splashed onto her back.
"With all this drinking, you have an inherently dangerous situation," Kaufman said. "Fans shouldn't feel like they have to wear a helmet or armor to a game."
In addition to the Mets, the suit targets Shea Stadium concessionaire Aramark and the Service Employees International Union - the union that employs security guards at the ballpark.
Spokesmen for the Mets and Aramark declined to comment on the lawsuit. But in court papers, an attorney for the team denied Massey's allegations, while trying to shift blame to Aramark and the SEIU.
"Where the lawsuits get traction is when the clubs don't follow their own alcohol policies or don't have the proper security," said James Mosher, an expert on alcohol liability law at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. "These fans are the invitees, so there is a responsibility for their safety at the stadiums."
The trade deadline is hours away and Loge13 is guardedly optimistic that Lastings Milledge will still be a Met at 4:01 PM EST.
If the Met front office had their way, Milledge would be moving today. But Beltran’s worsening health has made Lastings more valuable each day.
It doesn’t hurt that Lastings is also the team RBI leader since the All-Star break. Milledge has 3 home runs and 14 RBI’s, with a .348 OBP since being called up.
The Mets may have made their big move yesterday, giving up surprisingly little for Luis Castillo.
The (former) Twins second baseman is a solid fielder and reliable #2 hitter. The Mets will now have 2 switch hitters at the top of their lineup. Castillo did not sound too excited about leaving the Twins when he learned of the trade:
"I'm not feeling too good, because I like the team. I think it can do a lot, and I had fun last year. It's a little hard, but I need to put it out of my mind and go over there and do my thing, do the best I can do."
Maybe Luis knows that second base at Shea is often where good careers go to die. Ask Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Kaz Matsui (who was never injured until he came to NY), etc.
The Mets are stronger up the middle today than they were yesterday. Pedro is 30 days (or less) away. And Lastings is still a Met. So far, so good.
Confession: we sometimes spend too much time in Loge13 griping about all the elements of Shea Stadium that we wish to see transplanted to Citi Field… Everything from ourselves and our partial-season ticket plans to Shea’s stray cats living under the locker rooms.
So to provide some balance, we offer up one thing we hope dies with Shea Stadium: The Wave.
For some reason, The Wave has returned to Shea in 2007. It started as ripples earlier in the season but Wednesday night, some yokels really got it going. Sadly these 80’s nostalgia nuts were sitting close to Loge13 and we were caught in the riptide. Here is a little video of a wave being birthed in front of us and crashing across the Loge section:
If you look closely at the beginning, you will see the drunken kid who was cheerleading the whole affair. And if you look closely near the end, you’ll see there is an actual baseball game going on in the field, which is usually why people spend alot of money to go to baseball games.
The new Citi Field seats are reportedly situated so they face towards home plate. Perhaps these angles will dissuade the seafaring louts amongst us from starting waves in the Mets’ new home.
There was a lot of history to witness last night in Loge13 of Shea Stadium.
First, Glavine won career victory 299 as the Mets beat the Pirates 6-3.
Also, prodigal Loge13 son Ross Jones returned to the section. Ross and I picked out our Loge seats in the partial season plan back when we were in high school 22 years ago. In fact, I think it was his idea to begin with; he had the foresight that someday, the Mets would be in the post-season and a partial plan would guarantee us tix. Ross hasn't lived in New York for years so it's great when he returns.
However, it should be noted that there is NO LOGE 13 without my parents, who took us to Shea that cold November day and put the seats in their name since we were too young to sign any contract. Plus when we went off to college, they kept up the plan and are now the biggest Met fans in Queens. Along the way, they have taken every grandchild of theirs to Loge13, transcending across generations a tradition of shared baseball memories. Which Citi Field's draconian ticket plans now threaten. But I digress...
Ron Hunt wasn't there to complete the reunion. But the folks who took his tickets showed respect by not sitting in "the dead man's seat." (That's Dave's seat, Ron's buddy and ticket partner who passed many years ago. More on him some other time).
As for the game, Glavine did a little more with 6 runs this time. In his last start, he couldn't hold a 6 run lead and was chased in the third. Wednesday, he started shaky, walking three in the first before Xavier Nady hit into a double play. After that, Glavine settled in. He wasn't fooling too many hitters but they couldn't seem to figure out their timing on Glavine's breaking pitches and made lots of awkward swings. From Loge13, it seems like Glavine has lost some velocity just in the past few months. He was barely breaking 75 mph on the Shea Stadium speed gun.
The Mets are looking more patient at the plate during this recent surge. LoDuca had four RBI's and wasn't first-pitch hacking as he had been. Meanwhile, the Pirates' ace Tom Gorzelanny was fooling no one and left the game during the third inning, apparently with a sore shoulder.
Gotta say something about Milledge. He has been fun to watch since his call up. He made a great running catch in deep center field, as a last-minute fill-in for Beltran. He also hustled out a double in his first at-bat and got thrown out trying to stretch out a second one his next time up (he would have made it too but Nady made an exceptional bare-handed play to nail him).
The Pirates hit him Tuesday night (for alleged grandstanding after Maine's home run) and again Wednesday. Meanwhile, Randolph and the Mets administration continue to slam Lastings.
There seems to be a double standard. How can Jose Reyes dance in the dugout, taunt pitchers and perform elaborate 5–minute handshake routines and not get accused of showboating (just not running out ground balls)? Meanwhile, Milledge shows some excitement and gets called out.
I agree if he showboats after a home run, make an issue of it. But lets not label the guy throughout the organization as a cocky rookie. The Mets – team and administration – did that to Scott Kazmir. Some veterans thought he was brash and played his music too loud. Now those vets are gone (except maybe the one who just won his 299th game) and Kazmir’s gone too. No one talks about how cocky he was, just how stupid we were for letting him go. Lets not drive out Milledge the same way.
Leave L Millz be! He has to make it as a ballplayer because he’ll never make it as a musician.