— Days Without Shea —


Filed under: Baseball
by Kingman on April 5 at 8:57AM
Thumbnail image for sheajets.jpgAmong the few items not auctioned off by the Wilpons when Shea was demolished...the patent on Shea Stadium's innovative "Convertible Stadium."

This cutting edge technology patent covered the movable seats that let Shea host both baseball and football games. Sadly, this patent did not ensure the teams you watched from your movable seat would be good.

In honor of opening day, the good folks at The Essential Patent Blog have published the Convertible Stadium patent. If you are keeping score at home, that's patent # 3,002,234. Enjoy the details here.

The drawings, filed 53 years ago, are especially interesting.




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Loge13 took a bit of a break for a few weeks while we dealt with some professional matters. But today we were able to honor a cherished tradition - attending the last home game of the Mets season.

Usually the finale is a melancholy milestone - the end of summer and the official crushing conclusion of another Mets season. Last year, we had a bit of an excitement when old what's his name bunted his way to the NL batting title.

And 2012's Citi sendoff promised even greater history - R.A. Dickey's quest for win #20. And he did not disappoint, pitching 7.1 solid innings, striking out 12 and allowing only 3 runs in the Mets' 6-5 victory.

Here is Dickey after the game:





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by Kingman on September 9 at 8:12AM
As mentioned the other day, the Mets are honoring Chipper Jones all weekend. Loge13 does not condone this behavior but we are pleased to see any references to Shea Stadium in the news.

Here is the Chipper/Shea tribute painting the Mets commissioned for Jones in recognition of his relentless torment of Met fans:

http://www.loge13.com/img/Sheachipperart.jpg


At a press conference, Chipper was asked about his eight-year-old son Shea and whether it was difficult for the boy to understand why he was named after a demolished stadium for a one-time hated rival team:

"It wasn't very hard for him, because his room has been decorated in orange and blue from the very get-go. He has murals on the wall of baseball players and Shea Stadium. I've given him replicas of Shea Stadium throughout the years. He had two stadium seats in his closet, bolted to the floor so he can sit in them and get dressed every morning for school. Whenever a stadium flashes up on TV, he goes, 'Is that my stadium dad?'

"He just turned 8, and he's a pretty good athlete. He was hitting a pitched ball before he was 3 years old. So his hand-eye coordination is there. He's one of the best football players on his team. ... He's paid me back for a lot of the bad things that I've done in my life up to this point. He's my one that I have to go get out of the principal's office from time to time. He's a great kid."


At this point, I am wondering if Chipper will go into the Hall of Fame as a Met.


[September 9, 2012 1:39 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Paul said

Dear Kingman,
Hearing the Mets would not be allowed by MLB to wear first responder caps during the game of 9-11, I sent an E-Mail to the Mets expressing my disgust and for them to defy MLB and any and all repercussions it may cause and WEAR THE CAPS in game.
I was answered with a voice mail from Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Mr. David Newman. He told me he would be in his office, tomorrow (Monday) afternoon to discuss my concerns. I'm telling you this so that if any other LOGE 13'ers feel the same way, they too can express their concerns. His number is 718-565-4305....Paul


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Filed under: Baseball | History | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on September 7 at 4:15PM
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This weekend, the Braves make their last visit this year to Citi Field.

For Chipper Jones, it will be his last visit ever as a Brave. So of course, the Mets plan to pay tribute to one of the great Met killers of all time.

I guess one might consider it a class act by the Mets. Just as Chipper classily acknowledged his affection for New York by naming one of his kids "Shea."

David Wright had only nice things to say about his fellow 3rd baseman:

"I am glad he is leaving, because he kills us," David Wright said. "But I think he will be missed, just because it's funny thinking of the Atlanta Braves without Chipper -- they kind of go hand-in-hand."

For the record, I will not be paying tribute to Chipper this weekend.





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Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on August 27 at 10:04AM
We all knew this was going to be a rough year. Fortunately, the Mets surprised with a remarkably strong first half of the season, ending up 46-40 at the All-Star break. David Wright was posting career stats. Dickey made the All-Star squad. Johan exorcised our no-no demons. So if nothing else, at least The Mets wouldn't embarrass themselves in 2012.

Not so fast.

It seems the Mets may be on pace to have the worst second half collapse in baseball history, according to the WSJ. As they see it:

"No team that was more than five games above .500 before the break (the Mets were 46-40) had a second-half record worse than the Mets' 13-29--a .310 winning percentage. If the Mets keep it up, they'll sink even further than the 1983 Angels, who went 42-36 (.538) in the first half, then 28-56 (.333) in the second."

So now The Mets have a goal - play better than .333 baseball so we don't end up like the 1983 Angels.

Here's a helpful chart to put it all in perspective:

http://www.loge13.com/img/WSJchart_082712.png




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