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.
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:
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.
"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
"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.
"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.
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.