Should the Mets ditch the Home Alternate Cap?

Yesterday, during the Marlins Mets series opener, Jason Vargas was spotted warring up with the incorrect Mets cap.

Instead of the Primary blue Mets cap with the interlocking NY, Vargas dawned the blue Mets cap with the white outline around the NY.

This cap is supposed to be worn with the blue alternate jersey, not white pinstripes.

Admittedly, it’s not a terrible look, but it’s not the perfect look that the primary cap provides.

So here’s the question:

Since the Primary Cap and Home Alternate Cap are so similar the players are mistaking the two, why not eliminate the alternate cap?

In fairness, the primary cap has been worn with the home alternate cap in the past, and it looks fine.

This won’t happen today or tomorrow but the Mets should consider cutting this cap, especially if they only plan on wearing it once a year, anyway.

Who’s next into the Mets Hall Of Fame?

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Last Friday, after Jose Reyes’ got a single to left single field, I checked twitter and saw that Johan Santana was being inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall Of Fame (congrats, Johan!).

This made me ponder the list of candidates for the Mets Hall Of Fame:

Now that Mike Piazza and John Franco are in the Hall Of Fame, and the only other candidates from “Generation Piazza” being Al Leiter, and probably Edgardo Alfonzo, it’s time to think about candidates from “Generation Wright”.

Without any semblance of doubt, Jose Reyes will make the Mets Hall Of Fame. Jose is the Mets all time leader in stolen bases and triples, second all time in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, extra base hits and multi-hit…

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New Food Options at Citi Field: Raclette (Cheese Haus Sausage)

At the beginning of the year, in the “What’s New At Citi Field for 2018” event, the Mets unveiled some new food options for Citi Field.

As someone who likes ballpark food, I was looking forward to trying some of the new options from each of the vendors that premiered this Spring.

Getting There:

Raclette, the new Sausage joint in town, is located in the Promenade Level Food Court, next to the traditional Premio Sausages. To get there, simply take an escalator, staircase or elevator up to the top level, then head towards the food court behind home plate.

It’s easy to find with the signage located above the grill. The line is usually pretty short but moves rather slowly, and it isn’t covered, meaning it isn’t an ideal place to wait during inclement weather.

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The Choices:

There are three options at Raclette, which can be further customized beyond the order.

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There is the Alpine Bratwurst, without a doubt the most popular sausage, the Swiss Dog, essentially the same as the Alpine with a frankfurter replacing the sausage, and the Traditional.

I selected the Alpine Beat, with pickles. There are other toppings available upon request.

The Review:

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First and foremost, this sausage is huge. I mean, absolutely huge.

This is one of those meals that tastes like a hidden gem when you first bite into it, and quickly realize that you’ll never finish it before your half way through, which makes for a disappointing feeling.

Everything is tasty, and reasonably priced, but it’s so huge that it fills you up so quickly. The silver lining is how premium the baguette is. It easily makes the sandwich, if the bread quality stays up, then it’s a good meal.

The Verdict:

Not bad for a new option. I expect this to stick around for a few years. 8/10

WATCH: Seventh Inning Stretch At Citi Field

Who’s next into the Mets Hall Of Fame?

Last Friday, after Jose Reyes’ got a single to left single field, I checked twitter and saw that Johan Santana was being inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall Of Fame (congrats, Johan!).

This made me ponder the list of candidates for the Mets Hall Of Fame:

Now that Mike Piazza and John Franco are in the Hall Of Fame, and the only other candidates from “Generation Piazza” being Al Leiter, and probably Edgardo Alfonzo, it’s time to think about candidates from “Generation Wright”.

Without any semblance of doubt, Jose Reyes will make the Mets Hall Of Fame. Jose is the Mets all time leader in stolen bases and triples, second all time in runs, hits, doubles, total bases, extra base hits and multi-hit games (only behind David Wright on all of them).

David Wright and Carlos Beltran are two other locks for obvious reasons, with David probably going in a few years before Carlos.

The gray area comes with players like Johan Santana. Of course, there his performance and his leadership, and the fact that he started four Opening Day’s for the Mets, but the no-hitter is really the x-factor for Johan. Think about it, if Santana doesn’t throw the no-hitter, what is his legacy? It’s still a good one, but nothing better than R.A Dickey.

Who Do You Believe will make it into the Mets Hall of Fame next? Let me know on Twitter @NikoMetsPlus. 

Looking at the Mets Mother’s Day On-Field Gear

This Sunday, May 13th, on Mother’s Day, Major League Baseball will celebrate by showcasing their thirty MLB clubs in commemorative gear. Unlike previous years, where the team wore special uniform tops and pants, it’s just going to be commemorative caps, socks and personal gear as an option (bats, cleats, batting gloves, wristbands, gloves, etc)

Here is the special cap the Mets will be wearing:

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And here are the optional socks, which will hopefully be seen by many players electing to wear high socks:

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What’s your thoughts on the Mets Mother’s Day gear, do you like it, or think it is overkill? Let me know if the comments below or on twitter @NikoMetsPlus.

 

When the Mets Slump, the Blog Slumps?

The Mets have hit a skid in the beginning of the month of May, and it’s fair to say the blog has met the same fate.

Unfortunately, for the next week to ten days, it’s mostly out of my control. I’m finishing my first year of college, which means finals, finals and more finals, and my weekend and evening obligations is occupying much of my free time.

Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue, but considering I prefer long-form articles, like the Citi Field scoreboard article, I’ve been holding back somewhat.

Anyway, expect more of what we’re all used to in a few days, I think we all need a few days to re-compose.

Now, Let’s Go Mets, and let’s win this series against Cincy!

Compare and Contrast: Citi Field Right Field Scoreboard

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Please note that all pictures used are property of Gary Dunaier, this post would not be possible without his photography, see all of his images and albums here


2009-2011: 

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The first version of the Citi Field Scoreboard was one of the best for simplicities sake. It’s also technically the longest-lasting one, from 2009 until 2011. It features the lineups with respective lineups on the side, followed by the score and count below it. Underneath that was the pitcher’s name and very basic stats. Also present was the time and some unique trivia.

It was rather primitive in terms of graphics and special effects. Whenever a play occurred, the right field board would switch to the live cam of the action. Similarly, whenever a chant took place or something to draw people’s attention, only the top part would “react”, wheras the bottom part would still show the essentials (score, time, count).

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WATCH: Bartolo Goes Yard!

And they want a designated hitter in the National League……

Is It Time for Citi Field to Bring Back the Organ (Tracks)?

Do me a favor. Close your eyes, and picture you are at the game.

When you’ve done that, click play on the video below (you might have to open your eyes for that).

“No, Niko, the seventh inning stretch was never played on the organ at Citi Field”

And you’d be right, that’s because that was played before the game.

“Seventh Inning Stretch before the game, and you want that back, aren’t you a traditionalist?”

Well, not necessarily the stretch, I want the organ. Instead of the loud obnoxious pop music, I want the sweet sounds of a ballpark organ.

The organ, or, organ tracks, was in-use from 2009 until 2014, when it was retired in favor of generic tracks.

So Mets, you’ve done things to win back the hearts of old-school Mets fans before, why not bring back this organ? I don’t think anyone dislikes it, and if you use organ tracks, there is no cost associated with it…