— Days Without Shea —

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by Kingman on July 31 at 2:13PM
Now that the Mets have won 5 of their last 6, Omar and Rubin have kissed and made up and all our injured all-stars are just weeks away from returning, all is right with the world.

Or is it? At least one fan has decided to stick it to The Man by launching CitiFieldEmpty.com. The site is calling for a boycott of Citi Field on September 8 when the Mets are due to play the Florida Marlins.

I'm not endorsing any of this, mind you. Just passing along the info.

[August 1, 2009 12:53 AM]  |  link  |  reply
AJP said

A great idea. Sept 8th figures to be one the smallest crowds in Citi Field anyway(it is a well deserved value game)
However this type of protest usually never is effective, but kudos to someone for caring.

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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on July 27 at 6:43PM
Credit Omar Minaya with the courage to call out Adam Rubin today.

Now we know the truth - NY Daily News reporter Adam Rubin conspired to take down Tony Bernazard by writing a nasty story that would ultimately cost the Met executive his job. A brilliant plan hatched independent of the double-secret investigation by the Mets front office and HR department into the many allegations against Bernazard.

According to other secret files circulating on the InterWeb, Adam Rubin may also have:

- Insisted Beltran and Reyes play through their injuries, in a secret attempt to become the starting center fielder or shortstop once these two burned themselves out.

- Challenged JJ Putz to an arm wrestling contest while on a team charter flight, resulting in Putz' season-ending arm troubles. The next day, Rubin applied for the setup job.

- Sent flowers to Mrs. Omar Minaya in June 2008, with an attached card that read, "All my love, Willie R. See you when I get back from the West Coast XOXO" Applied for Mets manager position immediately after hanging up on 1-800-FLOWERS

- Recommended moving the Mets out of Shea Stadium into the much smaller Citi Field, saying "Trust me. We'll make more money on all those banks and big corporations signing up for season tickets." Recently applied for job as Fred Wilpon's son.

- During college, submitted a letter to the editor of Sports Illustrated entitled "Sandy Koufax was the worst lefthanded, Brooklyn-born pitcher ever" under the pseudonym Nelson Doubleday. Applied for job of NY Mets co-owner immediately after.

More to come from the Secret Rubin Files...

[July 27, 2009 10:25 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

This might be a grand statement but I feel we are witnessing a new low for the Mets front office...amazing given our history.

Thankfully, the team is finally playing better! Much appreciated, I hope it might be meaningful.

[July 27, 2009 10:45 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Stormy said


[July 28, 2009 1:12 AM]  |  link  |  reply
New York Mets said

Omg thats quite dark... well all i care about is that the team plays well!!!

[July 28, 2009 7:19 AM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

well played. i'd love to see Adam Rubin take over as GM now. eh, maybe not - that would be weird for the other reporters, and I don't know how they could do their jobs.

[July 28, 2009 8:39 AM]  |  link  |  reply
greek bumble bee said

Just another example of the Mets having the worst organizational structure and management team in baseball. No, in corporate America. Wilpons must SELL NOW or things will never change !!!!

[July 28, 2009 12:48 PM]  |  link  |  reply
World Baseball Newsroom said

Too much front office, not enough baseball...

[July 29, 2009 7:53 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Hey Kingman, How come there is no post on our Brand Spankin New Video Board in Right Field? The Mets promised it after the All-Star Break.
Had tickets for Monday's game with my Saturday Plan (Never Again) , but could not make it.
P.S. The Saturday Plan does NOT include this comming Sat, Aug 1st. Thanks Mets....Oh well, only 1 month away from the Playoff Ticket Invoice...Oh...Thats right... No Playoff rights for 15 game plan tickets this year....Maybe I'll be lucky and win a "SECOND CHANCE" e-mail again.....

[July 29, 2009 10:03 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said


The new right field video board is up but not connected yet, which made it like the large one over the Bridge area in Citi that stopped working last might after about the second inning.

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Omar Minaya just finished his press conference where he announced the firing of Tony Bernazard.

Tony was due to go due to his kooky and belligerent antics.This should have been a clean beheading.

But in true Met fashion, Omar botched the play. During his remarks, Omar partially blamed NY Daily news writer Adam Rubin for the situation. Rubin wrote the original piece about Bernazard's bare-chested bashing of the Binghampton Mets. Omar claimed that Rubin was biased because he coveted Bernazard's job for himself. Rubin then got a chance to confront Omar during the Q&A.

When you think "classy organization," think Mets.

UPDATE - 4:54 PM

Adam Rubin had to do his own press conference to discuss Minaya's charges. Rubin said he once spoke with Jeff Wilpon about possible careers in baseball and Wilpon invited him to come by sometime. That was years ago and Rubin never followed up. He also said he is not sure how he can continue to cover the Mets beat anymore, which was probably the point.


[July 27, 2009 10:49 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

I gotta be honest. I'm still trying to comprehend all this. maybe wipe it all away with bleach to get the stains out (it happens to be the 16th anniversary of the "bleach" incident).

[September 18, 2009 11:27 PM]  |  link  |  reply
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Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on July 24 at 9:51AM
Loge13 original Ross Jones sent photos of his recent visit to the AAA All-Star game. He now offers this update from Dodgers Stadium:

On the last part of my vacation. Went to Chavez Ravine tonight. Since the Wilpons want to recreate the Dodger experience, I have a few recommendations for them:

It was fireworks night and they let all the people who had bleacher and lower level seats on the field for a better view. People seemed excited to be able to stand on the major league grass.

It was 60s night and the entire dispaly was set to Beatles music. Young and old sang along.

Finally, the refugees from Flatbush understand the importance of giving people in the back row their space. Let's hope this one area where the Mets decide to yet again recreate the Dodger experience.

Thanks Ross Jones! That last photo is especially revealing. Maas the Yankee fan sent us some similar photos from San Francisco So at least two California stadiums enforce a no standing zone behind the last row of sections. If the Wilpons intend to pay homage to both the  NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, then install some no standing zones in Citi Field. 

[July 24, 2009 10:46 AM]  |  link  |  reply
chris said

Are you seriously still complaining about the standing area? Maybe you shouldn't have bought tickets in the LAST row. Do you also attend concerts and get upset when people sing along to the songs or dare stand up at an assigned seating venue?

The viewing experience has changed. This isn't your father's ballpark. Change has come and it's time we all get used to it whether we like it or not. And if your feeling is "not" then there is always SNY.

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After beating the mighty Nationals 6-2 Monday, the Mets managed just one more run on the way to losing the series in Washington this week.

Omar Minaya held a press conference before the game Wednesday, but not to talk about the team or any big trades in the works.

Instead Omar was responding to the latest reports about Tony Bernazard and his off-field antics.

Those exploits include:

- Taking apart  the Double-A Mets a few weeks ago, for their lousy play and alleged off-field drinking. Tony supposedly took off his shirt and challenged the team to a fight.

- Taking apart his second in command during a recent Met game, when Tony couldn't immediately take a seat behind home plate (the seat was occupied by a Diamondback scout). The tirade took place in full view of fans, Mets personnel and other scouts.

- Allegedly getting into a yelling match with one of our few good players, K-Rod, on the team bus.

These allegations raise a series of questions:

- Even Tony Bernazard can't get good seats in Citi Field? The ticket office is even more screwed up than Loge13 thought!

- Our minor league system is in shambles. What the hell is Tony B. even doing on a bus with the big league club? Doesn't he have work to do down on the farm?

- I could understand if Tony was mad at the Binghampton Mets for not taking their daily doses of HGH, but underage drinking? They're a bunch of 20 year-old guys playing baseball. Lets hope drinking is the worst thing they're doing.

Bottom line: everyone talks about how this team is plagued by injuries. And yes that's true. But it's been said on Loge13 before and it needs to be said again: this organization has bigger problems than injuries. When Omar has to call a press conference to announce an investigation into what his second-in-command is doing, then that's a sign there's something wrong with the first in command.

Either you really don't know what's going on. That's a problem. Or you do know and you're just once again blowing smoke at the media and the fans. That's an ongoing problem.

Look, it would have been better if Omar said,"Yes Tony challenged the Bingo Mets to a fight and my only regret is he didn't actually hit some of these losers to get some life in them." I don't agree with the tactic but I can respect the passion, the attitude.

This team has no attitude, and that starts from the top down. However the front office wants to spin this, our players know what's going on. And the fans do too.

[July 23, 2009 9:59 AM]  |  link  |  reply
greek bumble bee said

You have heard me say many times over the years sitting in loge 13, that the Mets have the absolute worst management team in baseball and this is just another example. Until Wilpon sells this team we will continue to struggle. No regard for fans at all. How about a ticket price cut now that they are playing like crap. My 11 year olds team plays more sound fundamental baseball and is more fun to watch. AAARRRGGGHHHH

[July 23, 2009 10:16 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

I totally agree w/ the Greek. The one thing in common throughout the Booby V. / Phillips, Duquette / Howe, Willie / Jerry / Omar is the WILPONS.

They have made all these hires, for the wrong reasons with disastrous results.

We're back to the early '90's or the late '70's - we are the laughingstock of MLB.

[July 23, 2009 1:20 PM]  |  link  |  reply
NatKiller said

You guys come back to town any time you like - you are starting to look like the Nats, and at least our pitching staff has an average age of about 21 and the team plays with some heart (it was the ex-Met manager who was comatose). We have a bunch more games left against the Mets - maybe the desire to see the Nats lose more games then the 62 Mets will be an incentive to play harder.

[July 23, 2009 7:15 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Hey Guys, Dont Worry, The Mets want to help you out so you keep comming to the games and afford those high ticket prices. This weekend, just bring your unwanted gold, silver, jewelery and rare coins to $iti Field during their 2-Day Gold Buying Event.
$300 minimum transaction valve to gain entry. Not only get to meet Mookie,Swoboda,Foster,Kranpool & The Straw Man but come away with the needed cash to pay for more Met tickets.
This is from a FULL PAGE Ad in todays Daily News.
I can not believe how low Fred & Jeff will go.
These two need to be stopped. Any Ideas????

[July 23, 2009 10:06 PM]  |  link  |  reply
G-Fafif said

You mean there are good seats at Citi Field?

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