— Days Without Shea —


Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on May 29 at 7:08AM
Fox 5 News ran a segment Friday night on lax security procedures for Citi Field employees.

Apparently, employees of Citi Field don't go through the same rigorous patdowns and bag checks that regular fans do. In the piece, reporter Matt Alvarez goes all the way through the stadium to the field without any security clearance at all.

I'm not surprised. Oliver Perez made it all the way to the pitching mound without any responsible person stopping his criminal activity.

Here's the clip. One fact is irrefutable: from now on, Matt Alvarez will be getting strip searched every time he enters Citi Field. Enjoy the game, Matt!





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The Mets now spotlight a season ticket holder each home game. A randomly selected fan says "Play Ball" after the Mets take the field and after the ceremonial first pitch (if there is one). Wednesday night, a guy a few rows ahead of us did the honors.
 http://www.loge13.com/img/Seasonticketguy_%2952610.jpg

Given how ticket sales are going, the Mets may run out of amateur announcers by July. I'll be away this weekend so no posts from Loge13 for a few days. Happy Memorial Day Weekend.


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Every time we get down on this team and this season, the boys go and do something right.

During another another successful homestand, the Mets took 5 out of six from 2009 World Series opponents the Spankees and the Phillies.

With last night's 3-0 victory, the Mets completed a series shutout for only the second time in team history (the last time? 1969). Yes the Phillies have a couple injuries but so what? We have Oliver Perez.

It's great to see Dickey, Takahashi and other blue (and orange) collar players stepping up to get the job done. As long as those guys keep putting up the zeros, we can keep that other zero in the bullpen until he finally agrees to go down to the minors or otherwise departs.

Meanwhile, Kingman Senior and I were at the game Wednesday for Takahashi's gem. I went into Caesar's club for the first time ever and took a few photos.

http://www.loge13.com/img/caesarsclubwindows.jpg
This photo is a tad washed out but you get the idea of how big the room is:

http://www.loge13.com/img/Caesarsroom.jpg
I have to admit the food is outstanding here. We just happened to run into Ron Hunt at the bar and had a good time hanging out and enjoying the awesome view of Flushing Meadow Park and the parking lot. If you look closely, you can still see the smoky outlines of Shea Stadium rising from the asphalt. http://www.loge13.com/img/Caesar%27s%20club%20view.jpg
As nice as this club is, it is still lame that the Mets segregate access to these restaurants. At least offer the option of a cover charge for folks if they don't have the appropriate level ticket.  Met fans, regardless of ticket location, should be able to enter any place in the stadium if the Mets want the stadium to really feel like home.   





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by Kingman on May 17 at 10:32AM
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Amazin Avenue conducted a nice little interview with Cow Bell man.

You can read the whole interview on their site. Here is the snippet about Shea:

Ok that brings me to an interesting question, Citi Field or Shea Stadium?

CBW:  I hate to say it but I liked Shea better.  This is a beautiful new stadium we have here don't get me wrong, but the thing about Shea was that people were just more into the game there than they are here.  At Citi Field now, it feels like people are more into walking around, getting all the food, checking out the clubs than watching the games.  Even at the best games, the Yankees games, the Phillies games, when the place is sold out, you look around and there are lots of empty seats because people are out and about.  Sometimes it feels more like a tourist attraction.

Ah the complexities of Cow Bell Man. Did he just complain about people WALKING AROUND at Citi Field? His unrestrained perambulations throughout the years has been a source of annoyance for many Met fans. He never bothered me that much, although I'm more a fan of the Pin Guy  But for many Loge13'ers and others, Cow Bell man's all access pass has been ill received, he was actually banned from walking by Loge 9 back at Shea.

And struck a certain way, that cowbell can pierce right through the innocent Met fan's skull. Lets face it - that's no Honkey Tonk Woman cowbell he's wielding, or even a Low Rider-esque vibe. If Iron Butterfly's collection could be channeled into a cowbell, I imagine it would sound much like the heavy hand of CBM. 

But cowbell and let cowbell is my motto. I would like to know if CBM is allowed to walk through all of Citi Field and if so, what sort of ticket does he have to buy? I can't get into most areas of Citi Field with our tickets. Maybe next game, I'll bring my own cowbell. Then we can duet.


[May 17, 2010 4:35 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

I'm shocked this blog is giving time to this ballpark annoyance! He deserves to be banished!

I even hear him via the TV broadcasts at home nowadays, or I could be imagining it. Grrr!

I'm now thinking of changing my thoughts on Shea, so as not to agree w/him on anything.

And what about the cowbell in "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by BOC?

[May 20, 2010 8:01 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Do not ask for whom the "BELL" tolls....
It Tolls For Thee....


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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on May 15 at 7:59AM
Oliver Perez, New York Mets
Last night's line on Oliver Perez:

3.1 innings

9 hits.

7 runs, all earned.

3 walks.

4 home runs.

For the season, he is 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA.

He has given up 28 walks in 33.1 innings (27 strikeouts).

Perez is helping no one by being in the starting rotation and the Mets are not helping him by sending him out there each start to get slammed.
Time to send Ollie to AAA until he works out whatever is wrong. Which means, we may never see him again.




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