— Days Without Shea —


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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Filed under: History | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on September 10 at 12:31PM
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The Mets have been told in the past by Major League baseball that they could not wear any first responder hats during games on September 11.

This year, the Mets apparently were not appealing this decision. They may wear alternate caps during warmups but will switch to regular caps for the game.

Loge13 reader Paul posted this Sunday:

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


So there you have it. Feel free to weigh in on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the attacks. Let me know what feedback you get. And thanks Paul for the update.



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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:

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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.


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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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RIP to Neil Armstrong, who passed on today at the age of 82.

Hard for most New Yorkers to think of 1969 and not link together all the wondrous weirdness that occurred that summer. A man on the moon. A million kids on Yasgur's farm for three days of fun and music..."and nothing but fun and music" according to old Max himself, ignoring the drugs, nudity and overflowing Porta-sans.

As Neil Armstrong planted his foot on the moon July 20th, 1969, The Mets were also strolling higher in the atmosphere than they ever dared to before. That day they were in Montreal,at old Jarry Parc. Gary Gentry would lose the first game of a doubleheader 3-2, then the Mets would win the second game 4-3 in the 10th. As baseball headed into the All-Star break, the Mets were 53-39, trailing the first place Cubs by five games. Who dared to think then that the expansion team from Queens could win it all in 1969? After witnessing Armstrong's lunar stroll, lots of people were starting to think that anything was possible.



Thank you, Neil Armstrong.


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