— Days Without Shea —


As mentioned yesterday, we were out at Citi Field last night. Not a pretty night for the Mets, who lost 5 - 4 and slipped into 4th place in the NL east.

Pat Misch was ineffective at first, allowing three straight hits to start the game. He gave up three runs over the first three innings before settling into a groove.

Our offense never really found a groove until the end of the game. The top of the lineup (Reyes, Pagan, Beltran) went a combined 0 for 12. Jose went 0 for 5 and grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Jose did save a few runs in the field, gunning down a runner from third with one out in the 6th and making a nice relay throw to Thole to end the Marlins at-bat in the 7th.

Loge13 original Ross Jones finally got to view Citi Field last night. Good to catch up with him and to hand with Kingman Senior, Run Hunt and the Ronette. Last I saw Ross Jones, he was staying behind after the game to prowl the stadium. He may be there still.

Ron Hunt took the Wall Street ferry to the game last night and raved about it, even though the only adult beverage served on board is beer. Photos to come.

Meanwhile, Loge13 pal Paul posted this excellent comment that bears re-posting here.

"I went to the game last night also. Saw a great come-from-behind win with a ten hit attach, caught a tee shirt from the Pepsi Patrol, while watching my teams "Magic Number" drop to 4.

No, I was not in Queens and $iti Field. I was in Brooklyn where Wally Backman's team is 20 Games over 500 and heading for the playoffs!

You see by NOT renewing for that "Saturday Plus Plan" and being stuck with all those tickets to useless games that nobody wants, I using a fourth of that money to see exciting and hard played baseball.

So do yourself a favor and trade in "Cow-Bell Man" for "King Ralph", come to Brooklyn and see Baseball Like It Ought To Be !!!"


Thanks Paul. Citi Field was pretty vacant yesterday and it won't be getting better this year or next. The Mets are facing a season-ticket debacle in 2011 if they don't do something smart (which wouldn't be like them).



[August 26, 2010 7:38 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ross Jones said

Thanks for the hospitality last night. I did stick around for awhile. The Mets Hall of Fame is very impressive.


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Filed under: Baseball | CitiField | Mets
by Kingman on August 25 at 3:41PM
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I will be out at Citi Field tonight for the Mets/Marlins game. Any of you going?

Here be the starting lineup, just announced:

1) Reyes
2) Pagan
3) Beltran
4) Wright
5) Davis
6) Francoeur
7) Thole
8) Tejada
9) Misch

Pat Misch is 0-2 wbut has pitched well in his two appearances, with just a 3.00 ERA. Marlins rookie Alex Sanabeia is 2 -1 with a 3.77 ERA. He just returned from the minors and pitched well against the Pirates last week.


[August 26, 2010 6:47 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

I went to the game last night also. Saw a great come-from-behind win with a ten hit attach, caught a tee shirt from the Pepsi Patrol, while watching my teams "Magic Number" drop to 4.

No, I was not in Queens and $iti Field. I was in Brooklyn where Wally Backman's team is 20 Games over 500 and heading for the playoffs!

You see by NOT renewing for that "Saturday Plus Plan" and being stuck with all those tickets to useless games that nobody wants, I using a fourth of that money to see exciting and hard played baseball.

So do yourself a favor and trade in "Cow-Bell Man" for "King Ralph", come to Brooklyn and see Baseball Like It Ought To Be !!!


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Nice to be back in Loge13 after a brief summer siesta. The Kingman clan went on a few trips over the past two weeks, including an excellent stay in Cooperstown. My nephew played in a little league tournament up there (more on that later).

Plenty of stuff to catch up on. The K-Rod debacle, Castillo's whining. Bye Bye Barajas. I will be out at Citi Field tonight with Kingman Senior, Ron Hunt and Loge13 original Ross Jones! It'll be like old times, except we'll in a completely different stadium looking at a worse team and paying even more ridiculous prices for beer and food.

Meanwhile, "Last Play At Shea" had it's big premiere at Citi Field Saturday night. Lots of good reviews. I liked this post from "TheNYCGuy" blog. Here's a little excerpt:

"Shea Stadium was like home to me. The often used "It's a dump but our dump" was true. It wasn't fancy. It leaked. It smelled funny and looked older than its 40 plus years but it was a place I had tons of memories. Memories with my father, memories of my teenage years and then memories of my 20s and early 30s. The stadium hosted many dates, many heartbreaks and many milestone birthdays in my life. It was a place I could go to for solace and comfort. A place to celebrate my joy and happiness. A grand dame of ballparks. At least to me.

So the combination of the two left me with a good feeling. The documentary was well done and a quick 90 minutes."

Well said, sir. You are welcome in Loge13 anytime.


[March 6, 2011 5:09 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Creative Gift Ideas said

It is sad that Shea is a memory to me now. Thanks for the article.


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Kingman and the entire Kingman clan are in the midst of a two week vacation. However, I had to break Internet silence today. Not because of K-Rod and his family room fisticuffs. Not because of Castillo and his deluded demands to be traded. And not because of David Wright and his cinderblock glove.

No, all these transgressions are just transitory pockmarks in the history of the Mets.

But August 15th is a landmark day worth commemorating. Because today is the 45th anniversary of The Beatles first gig at Shea Stadium.

The show was a watershed moment. No rock band...heck, no music act...had ever played for 56,000 fans at once. There have been thousands of stadium gigs since then but Shea Stadium hosted the first one.  And Shea continued to be THE rock and roll hall of fame and the only stadium to ever host The royal trio of rock - The Beatles, The Stones and The Who.

For more on The Beatles first gig, read on here. For more on Shea Stadium's rock and roll history, read our Shea Rocks section.

And to relive that amazing night 45 years ago, check out the footage below. This gig was before my time but the music is still timeless. And the shots of Shea Stadium in this clip are almost as exciting as the performance clips: 




[August 15, 2010 8:29 PM]  |  link  |  reply
DyHrdMET said

i knew i could count on you to remind everyone of this. if they go into a rain delay, i'll try to find the Shea concert in the Beatles Anthology DVDs for my own entertainment.

[August 21, 2010 10:22 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Insurance Appointment Setting said

love The Beatles :)

[August 22, 2010 3:28 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Stu B said

I was at Citi Field Saturday night for “Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea.” It had lots of great historical footage of his career, as well as Mets and Jets action at Shea, including the championship celebrations, Game 6, the relief activities in the aftermath of 9/11, the first game back vs the Braves and Piazza’s big home run, the Pope’s appearance in ’79, the Beatles and othe concerts, the final game, a feature on Pete Flynn, and, of course, Billy’s final concert, complete with guest appearances by Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, and others. Also, great commentary by Seaver, Piazza, and others. Great show!


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Shea Stadium Festival for Peace
Of all the posts I have written about Shea Stadium, the Mets, ex-Mets and our beloved section Loge13, the topic that resonated the most with readers was about an event that happened forty years ago today: the Shea Stadium Festival for Peace.

Very little was written about this concert, organized to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first use of a nuclear weapon in war. No movie was ever made of this gig, which starred the giant acts of the day, including CCR, Paul Simon, Poco and one Janis Joplin, in one of her last performances.

In fact, I think I've written more about the Shea Stadium festival for peace than anyone else online. Dozens of attendees to the show have commented on my posts, remembering the day and trying to confirm who was there. There is is still uncertainty as to whether or not Jimi Hendrix did appear (what was in the water that day?).

One thing all agree on - Shea Stadium literally rocked that day. So many people were dancing in the upper level that the stadium was shaking.

Photographer Ken Davidoff was there. Last May, he was kind enough to send me some photos and recollections of the day. It's worth repeating today:
I was going to The School Of Visual Arts studying photography,I was backstage, I had a press pass and had photographed Johnny Winter at the Palm Beach Pop Festival the year before.

Janis Joplin was in the corner of the dressing room all decked out in her feathers, with lots of bracelets on her arms. I walked up to her and said " Do you want to smoke a joint" "No thanks, that stuff makes me crazy" and with that she takes out a brown paper bag with a bottle and takes a swig.

At that moment Johnny Winter walks in. He sees Janice and they greet each other like long lost friends. Johnny grabs the bottle from Janis,and takes a drink, Janice grabs it back and does the same ,this goes on until it's finished.

I managed to get off a few frames, also some pics of Johnny and Rick Derringer jamming. My site where you can see all of my photos from that day is www.oldrockphoto.com/shea.html I too have memories of the stadium tiers bouncing up and down, that concert really rocked the house.I hope everyone enjoys the photos, Peace, Ken

After the jump, I have posted some samplings of other comments from folks who were there. These have been posted in the past year on Loge13.com:






Continue reading "Shea Stadium Festival Of Peace - 40 Years Ago Today" »



[August 6, 2010 7:59 PM]  |  link  |  reply
DyHrdMET said

If not for you, I don't think I would have ever heard of this festival. It sounded like a helluva show. I like how 3 of the 4 comments you posted were from people 15 years old at the time.

[August 19, 2010 8:17 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Grace said

This is the first concert I ever attended and I had not thought about it in many years. Thank you for rekindling the memories. I was 16 and had a great time. I remember the stadium shaking and Janis Joplin appearing at the end. Also - weren't there jets from Laguardia Airport flying over and making a rackett every few minutes?


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