My friend Michael has a saying about the Mets each year: "Just get me to football season." After eight long painful seasons, the New York Metropolitans not only got him (and I) to football season, but have now become the must see sport of October.
As the 2015 Mets clinched the division title, their first in nine years, a drought similar to the one I experienced as a young boy, I can't help but look back and wonder, "Why did I become a Mets fan?"
The Mets pitching staff is nothing to be grim about, and despite Max Scherzer no hitting the Mets, Matt Harvey struck out 11 and gave up just one run in six innings.
We tackled some heavy and fun stuff in Part II of my interview with Austin Basis. Now for Part II.
The amount of vitriol unleashed on Matt Harvey for wanting a long, healthy career is stunning to me. We have derided the old days of the reserve clause when players were treated like chattel, yet we condemn a young man for heeding the word of his doctor.
Being a Mets fan (and similarly loving them) means you know all too well that many times the story does not end the way you want. But it doesn't change your ability to believe in the happy ending, no matter how much you hide that belief.
I have been a baseball fan for nearly 40 years and I can tell you I have never seen anything like this before. We often see professional athletes as rich businessmen heading to the offices rather than as 23-year-old kids trying to live their dreams.
The San Francisco Giants received some unfortunate news today, as left fielder Nori Aoki will be out indefinitely with a fractured right fibula.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the demotion of former-closer Addison Reed yesterday. With a 5.92 ERA and 1.81 strikeouts-to-walks ratio over 24.1 innings this season, the move was hardly surprising.
Needless to say, adding a bat or two at the July 31st trade deadline is a must for the Mets. But the front office could better evaluate the extent of their offensive needs by calling up top prospect Michael Conforto now.
I've always loved the monuments at Yankee Stadium but they don't respond to me when I talk to them. Fortunately, Citi Field has its own historical symbols, and one of them is Tracy Nieporent, a Mets fan since 1962, who is alive and well and a fixture at most home games.
The Mets needing offense is an understatement. And with David Wright out indefinitely, the team lacks a third baseman in the worst way.
Pitchers drafted in the late rounds represent much smaller investments for the teams and are therefore expendable. This creates an incentive for the teams to push those late round draft picks who throw very hard through the minor league system quickly with little concern for their futures.
According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers may have rejected the New York Mets' straight-up offer of Jon Niese for veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez yesterday evening.
Getting no-hit by San Francisco Giants' rookie Chris Heston last night was another low point to the New York Mets' season.
I have been called many things in my life, not all of them repeatable in polite company, which I am seldom in anyway. But the one I love to hear repeated is Poppie, which is what I am called by my 2-year-old granddaughter, Chloe.