And tonight's win was especially sweet, as we beat the Phillies in their stadium to start a three-game series.
Yes, you could say big deal, some of their best players (Rollins) are hurt and Lidge is just coming off the DL. But you know what? Tough luck. No one gave us any slack last year when our whole team went on the DL. Heck, we didn't give ourselves any slack. So we don't want to hear it now.
Niese pitched a great game to get his first win of the year. He retired 14 in a row at one point. But the big news of the game was the home runs. Wright, Francoeur and Barajas (who had two for the second time this season). And the defense was spectacular. Francoeur and Bay both made great catches at the wall to help stifle a potential Phils rally in the 2nd.
Tomorrow's game should be alot of fun. Pelfrey vs. Halladay at 3:00. I'll be listening in while doing yard work after a morning of my kid's soccer, t-ball and little league. Then it's the Kentucky Derby (Go American Lion; Go Super Saver).
And so the Mets end April with a 14-9 record. I would never have predicted this. In fact, on Opening Day, I would have considered .500 a stunning accomplishment. I gotta hand it to this team and yes, even Jerry Manuel. Way to start the season, boys.
As previously mentioned, the new Billy Joel/Shea Stadium documentary "Last Play At Shea" premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The reviews have been mostly positive. Sounds like Met fans will love it no matter what one thinks of Billy Joel's music.
For all the details on Shea Stadium's rock & roll life and death, visit our Shea Rocks section.
Here is the NY Observer review: The enjoyment you get out of The Last Play at Shea is directly proportional to your tolerance of Billy Joel and love of the New York Mets. Paul Crowder's documentary about Mr. Joel performing the final concert at Shea Stadium premiered at Tribeca this week and it will make anyone who grew up in the shadow of Shea Stadium smile with delight (or, occasionally, find a lump in their throat). Unfortunately, what starts out as a sprawling history lesson about New York City politics, baseball and Billy Joel turns into nothing more than a concert movie-cum-Behind the Music special. And that isn't all that surprising: Shea is basically a "Billy Joel Production" through and through--producer Steve Cohen has worked with Mr. Joel since 1974--but it just feels disappointing after the stakes are raised much higher to start.
The Last Play at Shea traces the history of Shea Stadium (lovingly called a "dump" by former players and fans) from when it was a glint in Robert Moses' eye to the arrival of The Beatles to the Miracle Mets in 1969 to Bill Buckner in 1986 to even September 11. It's a powerful threadline for a stadium and franchise that always played also-ran to their more successful older brothers in the Bronx. And along the way, we're treated to the rise of Mr. Joel's career: From his humble beginnings on Long Island to his marriage to supermodel Christie Brinkley and beyond.
The best documentaries--for example, Joan Rivers -- A Piece of Work--put their subjects under the microscope to see and inspect the warts. Mr. Crowder, though, too often treats Mr. Joel with kid gloves. Not that it needed to be some tabloid blotter, but there is barely a mention of his missteps and transgressions over the last decade. And since the last half of the film is almost solely about Mr. Joel, the narrative conflict is lost; by the time Paul McCartney shows up to surprise the audience during the concert--let it be known that Sir Paul can still give you goosebumps even now--the film has become something akin to a Time-Life infomercial. The Last Play at Shea is great fun, but too often the great documentary it could have been isn't on the screen.
As the Mets enjoy a hard-earned day off after an epic 9-1 homestand, we'll take care of some quasi-baseball business here in the offices of Loge13.
First order of business: The Mets have resurrected the old water taxi service out to the ballgame, according to NY Mag:
A couple of years ago, the Mets ended their water taxi out to Shea Stadium, saying the construction on the new stadium made docking dangerous. When they failed to bring back the water taxi the next season, or last season, we were crestfallen.
Well, good news: The water taxis are back! You can take them to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. Some changes from last time include: There's only one pickup point (Pier 11 Wall Street); it only goes one way (you'll have to find a different way home); it leaves considerably later than the old boats (you'll be at the game a half-hour before game time); and it's free (it cost $20 round-trip before). Space is limited to 147 people each game, which is crazy: We have no idea why anyone would take any other transportation to the game.
"At the Worlds Fair Cafe and Gas Dock we feature a great view of the water, mouth watering cheeseburgers and philly cheesesteaks, and cheap cold refreshing beer. Our waterfront outdoor patio is an ideal place to laugh, unwind, and just have a great time in a friendly atmosphere. Within walking distace of Shea, it is the perfect spot to pre-game. Locals often call us the best kept secret of Shea Stadium well now Citi Field."
Based on the photo, I might argue with the "walking distance of Shea" part, although I appreciate they still refer to Shea as if it's still there. And after sampling a few of the "Any 2 beers for $6" specials, that walk would be especially fatiguing.
But this looks like a very cool place. If any of you have ever been there, please let us know. And if you took the water taxi back in the old days, I'd love to hear your thoughts on that too.
Longtime Loge13 pal Eli checked in recently with this observation:
I just watched the remake of "Taking of the
Stadium was briefly, but most definitely seen, towards the end of the
There is a runaway train that is racing on
the elevated tracks
right outside Shea and you can see the stairs and the
blue of that big panel of the stadium.
Here is a citation from IMDB (under the
Errors in geography: When the train is going really
see a quick shot of Shea Stadium (blue facade showing
a gate). Shea Stadium was located in Queens (it was demolished before the
release), and the 6 line does not enter Queens at any point along the line.
When the runaway train was on its way to Coney
Island from Midtown, and it passed Shea,
it immediately took me out of the film."You can't get to
Island from midtown, by passing Shea
Stadium!You can't do it!!" I yelled to no one in
Went to my first game last Tuesday, and
LOVED the Mets Hall
of Fame. They've done a nice
job with the fixes I think.